Tuesday, September 2, 2008

More Precious Than Jewels

Proverbs chapter 31 says that an excellent wife is more precious than jewels. How true. Today my wife Cheryl and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, a milestone in which I truly rejoice.

I’m blessed to have a wife that is caring, selfless, and most importantly, Christian. She really is the personification of Proverbs 31. Proverbs 12:4 states that an excellent wife is the crown of her husband. “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD” (Proverbs 18:22).

I hope you’ll all take the time to reflect on the blessings you and your spouse share in Christ.


Ephesians 5:25-33:

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Proverbs 31:10-31:

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.


William Weedon said...

Congrats, you two! God grant you many more.

Kurt Onken said...

Happy Anniversary, Scott! Say hi for me to that Prov. 31 woman, would ya?

Frank Gillespie said...

Congrats to both you and the missus!

wrmyers said...

Congratulations to you and your wife on your anniversary. A blessing indeed!