Well, you ask how we are doing? Not so good. At least not per what we talked about. The only consolation I have right now is that I do not have that title 'wife' as yet. I know by the time I get it, it'll be 'wife of noble character'; worth far more than rubies.
I'm writing because I need some tips. For instance, how are you able to do all that? Working with eager hands, bringing food from afar..
First things first, how do you wake up when it's still dark and still manage to sleep late? Tell me, how does a woman trade, fend for her family and still not have a clothes basket full of dirty clothes? How does she quadruple up as mother, working woman, daughter and wife?
Teach me, that in the strength in my arms, I may work vigorously; That in profitability of my trade, my lamp does not go out at night. Teach me to grasp spindle with my fingers and to hold the distaff with so much grace as you; that I may not be afraid when it snows; that my bed may be covered with fine linen and purple. Show me how to easily extend my hands to the needy and open my arms to the poor even in times when the 'busy' excuse seems so daunting.
Tell me how it is to be so entrepreneurial and creative- to be able to make linen garments and sell them, and even supply merchants with sashes.
I want to be clothed in strength and dignity as you are, to uphold integrity and not to tolerate mediocrity; that I may be able to laugh at days to come.
I need my speech to be filled with wisdom, the wisdom that will enable me to build my house; abounding in faithful instruction from my tongue.
Teach me how to spend my time, that I may not eat the bread of idleness but watch over the affairs of my household.
Among other women, may I surpass them all in the sight of my husband. May my children call me blessed. May my fear for the Lord bring me praise.
I'm still learning how to handle the exams, the meetings, the pressure, the constant reminder that I am a woman amidst the constant presence of men, that I am well able to be who I ought to be;That I can find time to take care of my hair without thinking or dreaming about cutting it.
Now, I can only wait to get that title- Proverbs 31 woman.
The protege,Soon to be you.