Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Proverbs 31 Inspiration

If you are married (or going to be married) you have been given a glorious and wonderful calling to be the keeper of your home. This is a beautiful call to serving your husband and children as onto the Lord. Whether you are a woman who can dedicate her full-time to home keeping or someone who has to work outside of the home as well, God has given us wives the commission of building and keeping a joyful, warm and comfortable home for our family.

What an important calling! Thank You Jesus!

Being a homekeeper is not an easy task. It requires hard work, creativity, diligence, wisdom, patience and strength of character.images-2

Look at the Proverbs 31 woman!

She is:

1. Virtuous

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10

“Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.” Proverbs 31:29

A virtuous woman is very hard to find these days. One could easily see the truth of this scripture. Jewels are everywhere, but a truly virtuous, God-fearing woman is a rarity. If you’re not feeling very virtuous today, spend some time in God’s Word reading about what makes someone virtuous. Read about the behavior and heart of a wife after God’s heart. Read about purity and honor. Study how the love of Christ dwells is us to make us kind, generous, patient and loving. Then ask the Lord to increase these virtues in you and remind yourself that God loves you. He has set your value about rubies and fine jewels. You are His precious girl and He believes in you.

2. Faithful

“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:11-12

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:20

Faithful can mean trustworthy and loyal, but it also refers to a woman who fears the Lord and is filled to overflowing with faith. You, wife and mother, have the ability to bless your family immensely. Can your husband trust you with his heart? With his life? With the management of the kids and home? Can your children trust you to honor their father? Can they trust you to put only edifying things before their eyes and ears? Can your family trust you to serve the Lord in your home? The answer is up to you dear one. You are so very important to your hubby and kids. Your faithfulness means the world to them.

3. Hard-working

“She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.” Proverbs 31:13

“She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.” Proverbs 31:18

“She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.” Proverbs 31:19

“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27

The work of a housewife is never done! It’s so true! The tiredness! The exhaustion! The endless lists and limited time! We’ve all been there sisters. It’s a tough job. If you have to work outside the home as well, you know tiredness! Just remind yourself, when all you want to do is slam the alarm clock against the wall and sleep for a week, that your hard work is producing such amazing fruit in your home. Your husband and children are well-cared for because of your efforts. Make sure to prioritize and don’t beat yourself up if not everything gets done. Allow for some down time to take that relaxing bath or read that book. Then get back to it. God will give you the endurance you need.

4. Wise

“She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.” Proverbs 31:14

“She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.” Proverbs 31:16

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom…” Proverbs 31:26

Let’s get one thing straight….wisdom is not necessarily about intelligence or even book smarts. Wisdom is an attribute that comes from the Lord. I’ve known some very smart people who have no wisdom or discernment. I’ve also encountered ladies who seem much more simple and yet their homes are in order because they act with wisdom. A wise woman is careful, patient and knows when to open her mouth and when to keep it closed. A wise woman knows when to push and when to pull back. A wise woman seeks the Lord often and rarely makes a hasty decision. Pray for wisdom and wait upon the Lord.

5. Kind

“She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.” Proverbs 31:15

“She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue isthe law of kindness.” Proverbs 31:26

Kindness is a beautiful attribute in this day and age. The world is an exceedingly unkind place. You smile at your neighbor only to receive a sneer. You allow someone to take your place in line and never hear a “thank you”. Oh virtuous woman, the law of kindness is on your tongue. Are your words kind, edifying and encouraging, or do they tear people down? Are you exhibiting kindness in your home? In the workplace? At church? In the world? When you know you should be kind, but feel like being anything but kind, remember that the Lord deeply loves the person you are facing. Remember that God’s kindness, grace and mercy falls upon you every day. Remember that you are being perfected in Christ’s love and that means pouring that love out upon others. May He continue the good work He began in us.

6. Industrious

“She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple” Proverbs 31:22

“She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.” Proverbs 31:24

If you are a stay-at-home wife and mom, you know that sometimes that means financial struggle. Sometimes it means giving up a bigger home, a nicer car, or the luxuries other people enjoy. Sometimes it means real struggle to survive. Those of you who work outside the home understand this as well. You have to work and still be the keeper of your home, and God can give you the strength and endurance to do that, but sometimes it requires creativity and organization. Being industrious and creative is important. If you choose to stay home, you may need to come up with a skill or talent you can use to bring in extra money. This online generation opens up the opportunities for work at home. Again, be wise, creative and industrious. Pray, pray, pray!

7. Strong & Honorable

“She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.” Proverbs 31:17

“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.” Proverbs 31:25

Being a submissive and gentle wife doesn’t mean you are a weakling! Not at all! Jesus submitted Himself to the cross and He could have called an army of angels to His defense. Meekness isn’t weakness but power under control. The power of the Holy Spirit makes you a strong and honorable woman, so use that strength and honor, not to dominate your husband or be masculine, but to fulfill God’s calling on your life. Be strong enough to be kind, patient and encouraging. Be honorable enough to show discretion, be dignified and to build a wonderful home. A woman who fears the Lord is strong and filled with honor.

8. Crown to Her Family

“Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.” Proverbs 31:23

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husbandalso, and he praiseth her.” Proverbs 31:28

“She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.” Proverbs 31:21

“Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31:31

* Oh sister, you may not feel like a virtuous woman or like the Proverbs 31 Woman. I want to encourage you that you are not alone! It’s okay to not have it all together. It’s okay to be a mess sometimes! Sometimes we all want to lock our bedroom door and scream into a pillow! haha It comes with the territory. We may look at this Proverbs 31 Woman as a perfect example, but we know that no one is perfect. I’m sure this woman had the same struggles you and I do. God doesn’t expect perfection from us and He doesn’t want us to abandon our personalities. He wants to empower us to keep at it. We keep trying and we keep serving until our strength is gone. Then He fills us up again and we get up and do it all over again. You, my sister, you are more valuable than the finest jewel. My prayer for you and me is that we continue to trust the Lord, lean upon His grace and mercy, and use the power of the Holy Spirit to walk in the footsteps of the Proverbs 31 woman as we build and keep our homes! Amen!

 

 

Chelsea McCafferty, Keeper of His Home, keeper of the home, Christian wife, Christian wives, blog for Christian wives, blog for wives, Christian women, Proverbs 31, Proverbs 31 wives, homemaking, home keeper, keeper ministries, Christian speaker, public Christian speaker, Christian speaker California, Christian marriage, marriage and God, blog for Christian marriage, keepers at home, home keeper, keeper at home, keepers of the home

2 responses to “Proverbs 31 Inspiration

  1. I Support Wives says:

    This is some of the reason why I don’t understand why marriage websites never write to give wives support, instead of lifting up and defending husbands, the websites written by women, should at least half of the time, be Christian like and do the same for wives. Husbands have huge sins and even the marriage website writers know this, because at some point, any woman who marries a man, will experience that not so good side of men.

    Why women support husbands and criticize wives, is preposterous. And I still cannot figure this out.

    • I support wives too! I agree we need to encourage and lift up wives. We need to pray for them. For those wives married to men who treat them poorly, we need to pray for these ladies to have the strength to fulfill their calling in Christ. You see, we women need to uphold one another and encourage one another to obey the Lord in regards to our own behavior and heart in marriage. Godly men need to uphold and disciple men in how they are supposed to follow the Lord in marriage. As wives, we are not called to teach or correct our husbands. We are called to follow the Lord regardless of how our men behave. What we do is between us and God. What they do is between them and God. So you see, my friend, I believe 100% in supporting wives and the best way I know how to support them is to encourage them to follow the Word of God, pray for their husbands and walk in faith that God will do the rest. It’s not easy, but it’s the only way to peace and happiness. GOd bless you and thanks for stopping by!

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