Sunday, January 31, 2010

Working willingly with her hands...

It's Sunday, and church is cancelled due to a snow and ice storm here in Middle TN. I decided that my post for today would focus on the verse that I use for my business. You will find this verse on my website, my blog, my facebook fan page and my twitter page. 

She seeketh wool, and flax
and worketh willingly with her hands.
~ Proverbs 31:13
For thousands of years, God-fearing women have looked to the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 as their ideal. If we look closely, we will find this woman was just not an ordinary woman. She is a woman of purpose. She is charitable. She is involved in productive activities, from the rising of the sun, until the going down of the same. She is a strong contributor and asset to her home. She manages her affairs well. She is business-like, intellectual, and above all else God-fearing. Her husband and children proclaim her as blessed. She is a "virtuous woman".
Verse 13 is my chosen verse for my business and I found it quite interesting when digging a little deeper into the meaning. The first half of the verse says:

She seeketh wool, and flax

Wool, of course, is the wavy or curly undercoat of a sheep which can be woven into a warm garment or fabric.  Even today we wear wool sweaters or mittens to protect us from the cold.
Flax was a fibrous plant used in spinning. The fibers can be drawn out and twisted into yarn  for the manufacture of linen. From flax can be made a variety of materials including coarse canvas, rugged sails for ships and even thin, delicate scarves.
The godly woman "seeks" wool and flax, these two basic materials to use in making clothes and garments. The term "seek" could mean that she "selects" the best quality of wool and flax or it could mean that she "seeks with care" or "cares for" the wool and flax. She carefully collects and gathers and cares for the wool and flax that she will use in making clothes for her household and perhaps for others as well.

and worketh willingly with her hands.

Lady Sewing by a Window by Erik Larsen
The word "willingly" is from the word meaning "delight, pleasure."   She takes great delight in her work.  Rather than being an exhausting and boring chore, it is pleasant and enjoyable. In our generation, we have somewhat lost the art of working with our hands by making things. Women used to make clothing, but now most women go shopping for clothing. There are times when it may be more economical, in both time and money, to wisely shop for bargains than to purchase patterns, fabric, thread, buttons and other notions. The wise woman uses her time and individual resources in the best way she can. The godly woman takes great pleasure in working with her hands and providing clothing for her family and others.

1 comment:

Jeannie B. said...

I love this post! Aren't we happiest when we are working with our hands (even if it is to guide the fabric on our Sewing Machine)!


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