Wife of Overseas Worker (WoW) (in Proverbs 31

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04 Jul

Prov 31:10 ¶ An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.

A WOW is considered the husband's most precious jewel, a treasure worth keeping more than anything in this wild wide world.

Prov 31:11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain.

A WOW is worthy of his trust and works out to live up to his expectations. As she lives not beside him, she honors his being far by behaving modesty and decency to protect his reputation as the family man.

Prov 31:12 She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.

A WOW tries everything to be good and all her efforts are geared towards the benefit of her husband. All her life is dedicated to serve him gladly as a domestic goddess with all her might throughout her life.

Prov 31:13 She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight.

A WOW makes sure that her household needs and duties are attended to. It is her topmost priority being a wife and a mother. She ensures that household chores are properly attended from the minutiest details (laundry, cooking, cleaning) to the biggest obligations (budgeting, planning)

Prov 31:14 She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar.

A WOW ensures that her family's basic needs are well attended to. Even if she's a working mom, she ensures that household management are well managed with the help of the helpers. If occasionally she is assigned in a far away place, she makes sure that her family are being given the proper attention and care at home.

Prov 31:15 She rises also while it is still night And gives food to her household and portions to her maidens.

A WOW knows the essence of time. She makes use of her time wisely.  She is an early riser to make sure all things are done in a day. She knows that time management is essential in accomplishing her daily task. To the helpers, she is compassionate and  caring. She treats her helpers as members of the family not as servants and ensures that they are being paid accordingly.

Prov 31:16 She considers a field and buys it; From her earnings she plants a vineyard.

A WOW helps her husband in earning for a living. In the best way possible that will not affect or hamper her performance as a godly mom, a WOW knows how to invest wisely in real estate, trust fund, & other worthy investments. She knows how to save for the future and is thrifty in her spending. He has the records of her spending that could be shown to the husband and as reference for the yearly planning. 

Prov 31:17 She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong.

A WOW braces herself to live a healthy lifestyle for her to physically strengthen herself.  She tries to adhere to the Eden Diet of eating vegetables and fruits. She also tries to follow the Daniel Diet. By eating nutritious food, she is investing on her health for her to serve the family with all her strength.

Prov 31:18 She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night.

A WOW is a shining light in the home. She serves as an inspiration and encouragement for her husband and children. The home where she is the domestic goddess is a place where family can happily rest, relax and recreate. She is a  shining example where even in times of darkness by ways of trials and problems, she stands up joyfully believing in the Sovereign Almighty and knowing that all things  work together for good for those who love God who are called according to His purpose.

Prov 31:19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands grasp the spindle.

A WOW symbolizes a woman who intricately makes domestic jobs as a way of living. She ensures that clothing are properly arranged, nicely and orderly put in its cabinets. She creates an atmosphere at home conducive for the family to live. 

Prov 31:20 She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy.

A WOW's second nature is being able to lend a helping hands to the needy. Be it a relative, a stranger in calamity or in emergency, WOW has the sensitivity to give without asking anything in return. Her motivation of giving is an unconditional love for others as exemplified by Jesus in the bible. As written in  2 Cor 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. She joyfully gives without string attached or any expectation of being paid back in return. she simply gives because of her love for Jesus.

Prov 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

A WOW is prepared of any weather conditions that might happen. She prepares her household in weather conditions that might happen. She is more prepared in times of calamity.  

Prov 31:22 She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

A WOW dresses modestly with refined character. She appropriately wears clothes that reflects true femininity.

Prov 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land.

A WOW ought to ensure that her husband is respected in the community. She does not stain her husband's reputation by infidelity. WOW's attitude of protecting the image of her husband is by way of her modest behavior and refined character.

Prov 31:24 She makes linen garments and sells {them,} And supplies belts to the tradesmen.

A WOW has a desire to contribute financially by engaging in a profitable business to augment the income of the family. She has an initiative to contribute a living for the family. She maybe engaged in a full time job or a part time job to help her husband earn for a living.

Prov 31:25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future.

A WOW has inner strength based on her faith to God as her Lord, Saviour and Master. She lives with dignity as a woman of character, decency and modesty. She looks at the future brightly living in submission to the Lord Almighty by willfully following biblical principles. She does not worry about the future but holds on God's promises in Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope  and a future.

Prov 31:26 She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

A WOW righteousness is found in her words. Her mouth speaks out wisdom that encourages others. She teaches her children that kindness, gentleness and compassion are traits that are worthy to develop as a person. She speaks with carefulness as warned in Prov 10:31 The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out.

Prov 31:27 She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

A WOW is a domestic goddess who manages the home efficiently and excellently. Home management is her expertise where everything are well attended to from the simplest job to the more complicated ones. 

Prov 31:28 Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband {also,} and he praises her, {saying:}

A WOW's admiration are articulated by her children and her husband. She deserves praises and affirmations from them for excellently performing the God-given tasks exceedingly and far beyond expectations. 

Prov 31:29 "Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all."

A WOW words of encouragement comes from her husband and children who sacrificially love them by showing them unconditional love without asking anything  in return.

Prov 31:30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, {But} a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

A WOW's beauty is not only an outside appearance but her inner charm is her fear to the Lord Almighty. A WOW is a God-fearing woman who shows reference to the Lord in her daily living as a wife and a mother.

WOW is indeed a woman who willfully follow God's biblical principles and applied it consciously in her daily living as the shining light of the family.

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