Summary: I PREACHED THIS SERMON ON THE OCCASION OF MY MOTHERS 100TH BIRTHDAY. SHE IS TRULY A VIRTUOUS WOMAN.
MOTHERS DAY, MAY 9, 2010 (ORIGINALLY PREACHED MARCH 2010)
A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-GOD.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!
WE BOTH HAVE JOBS TO DO TODAY, MINE IS TO SPEAK, AND YOURS IS TO LISTEN. LET’S PRAY THAT WE BOTH FINISH AT THE SAME TIME.
IN MARCH, WE MADE THE TRIP TO FLORIDA TO CELEBRATE MY MOTHERS 100 BIRTHDAY. HER MINISTER WAS NOT GOING TO BE THERE THAT SUNDAY, SO THEY ASKED ME TO PREACH. WHEN SHE LEARNED I WAS GOING TO PREACH, SHE ASKED ME WHAT. I SAID, SOME PLACE IN MATTHEW, AND SHE SAID, I WAS HOPING YOU WOULD PREACH ABOUT THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN IN PROVERBS. MY MOTHER GOT HER WISH. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH ALL YOU MOM’S THAT SAME MESSAGE.
THERE ARE 12 THINGS IN THESE VERSES. THEY HAVE APPLICATION TO EVERY WOMAN. SO WHILE THIS IS FOR MY MOM, THE REST OF YOU CAN LISTEN IN. AND MEN, B/C IT’S FOR THE WOMEN, THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN TURN YOUR HEARING AIDS OFF.
NUMBER ONE. HER HUSBAND TRUSTS HER. TRUST MEANS YOU NEVER HAVE TO QUESTION. WHEN I WAS A TEEN, ALL MY FRIENDS HAD CURFEWS. I DIDN’T. THEY WOULD SAY, WHY DON’T YOU HAVE ONE, AND I WOULD SAY, MY PARENTS TRUST ME. I WOULD TELL THEM WHERE I WAS GOING, AND WHAT TIME IT WOULD END, AND THEY TRUSTED THAT I WOULD GET HOME AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. LET ME ADD, I DIDN’T VIOLATE THAT TRUST VERY OFTEN.