Today, I’d like to introduce you to a beautiful reader of this blog, who so inspired me with her comments, that I asked her if I could include them in a blog post, and she said YES!
Pam has been married to her beloved for over forty years, and she says,
It’s going to take me quite a long time to read through your posts from 100 days until your anniversary, but tip #1 got me laughing because it is oh so true! Of course, the prescription for sickness is laughter: “Laughter doeth good like medicine!” PTL I have been laughing more lately with my husband, and I can see a huge difference, but it wasn’t intentional and I hadn’t connected the dots. Duh!
She goes on to say in another comment:
I do so want to glorify the LORD and pray that my husband will recognize my intentional effort at “being” who he fell in love with in 1971. I can’t tell you how many times he would say to me, “You are not my mother, you are my wife…” Honestly, I just didn’t get it!
And after reading Fragrance of a Bruised Rose, she wrote:
The miracle of the crushed rose released a fragrance on us all…we just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with new hope for our future and dreams on the horizon.
Pam and her beloved, Carl have been married over forty years, volunteer many hours in their local church, where her husband is a deacon, and yet the mercies of the Lord are still new, and He is redeeming the time by breathing a new life and love into their marriage!
Inspired by the simple things the Proverbs 31 Woman does to beautify her home, Pam shares this tip about how she was able to make draperies for her home from some free fabric she was blessed to receive.
I love this post as I love to sew and was blessed by having an aunt who was an Interior Designer and taught me how to make draperies, (yes, even fan-folded!). Another Interior Designer friend of mine gave me an entire bolt of $24.95 per yard Schmacher fabric that was perfect for my decor! She even gave me 4 custom made trapunto designed fabric pillows out of the same material…Talk about being blessed!
So, I made the balloon valances and also swag treatment for my dining room and guest bath out of the wonderful fabric.
And here’s her tip on making a work surface to more easily handle the yards and yards of fabric required to make draperies:
Let me share a tip: the whole secret of making window treatments is to make a fabric board out of plywood, that is covered and marked off in inch intervals. You can set it up on sawhorses. It is best if you put down a thin layer of poly interfacing, like you use with quilts. I then used an old large king sheet and went to town with staple gun, making sure it was taut.
Another strategy, rather than marking off inch intervals work from the top of the board, and then measure down and either mark the length across or you can use painters tape, but you do need two to do that perfectly. Most of the work is measurements and cutting and ironing (for sides, top and hem).
The sewing is the easy part. When I got the work done, my husband needed the plywood, so we just took it apart.
I guess I am more of a Proverbs 31 Woman than I knew!
Pam is enjoying a new season of renewed love and devotion to her husband because of her intentional commitment to redeem the time and be the woman her husband fell in love with all those years ago, offering her love to him, as a sweet fragrant offering to the Lord.
And what a spectacular fragrance it brings as another of Pam’s comments revealed!
Hubby just called and said he was at car wash now and asked would I like to go to Sushi for lunch! Woohoo! (My all time favorite!) It’s working, Shari it’s working! “We though are going to love, love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.” 1 John 4:19 (The Message).
Yes, Pam, you are a Proverbs 31 Woman, simply because you keep trying, and you have not lost hope, and the desire to please your husband stems from your desire to honor the Lord! In her valuable sacrifice (which any average woman could do), Pam is a beautiful example of the amazingly lovely effect of a woman of noble virtue.
Maybe you’re a more of a Proverbs 31 Woman than you realize, too!
Have a wonderful and celebratory weekend,