some encouragement

  • May, 28 , 10

I stumbled on this yesterday while I was surfing the web {do people still say that?} Natalie Jost has an awesome little blog with tons of freebies! And in those freebies is where I found "Proverbs 31 Pledge and Prayer". 

1. My husband shall have full confidence in me and lack nothing of value. LORD, show me ways that I can give my husband this confidence in me. In every way that you have made me for him, show
me how I can be his true companion.

2. I will bring him good and not harm, all the days of my life. Help me to think always of how my
actions and my words can be good for my husband and not harmful to him. Stop me before I
insult him and make me aware of how I hurt him when I am unaware.

3. I will select good tools for the home and work with eager hands. Lead me to good things and light a fire in my spirit to give me eagerness to work. Give me discipline and diligence.
4. I will strive to be like the merchant ships, bringing food from afar. Like those merchant ships,
LORD, send me to the far corners to do what needs to be done for my family. Make me a vessel for

5. I will get up while it is still dark and provide for my family. Give me strength to be the morning
person I have never been; remind me of the gifts you can only give in the early hours of the day.
And when I wake later, help me to make the best use of the hours I have.

6. I will consider a profitable thing and do it, and out of my earnings begin another. Wrap me in
wisdom to see what is profitable—to recognize a good “field”—and the diligence to “plant a
vineyard” there.

7. I will set about my work vigorously and work to be strong for my tasks. Push me to go on when I tire and help me to visualize the reward for vigorous work.
8. I will see that my work is profitable, and my lamp will not go out at night. Father, help me to
balance what is good for others with what is good for my family. Keep my “light” on into the night
as long as it takes—and only that long.

9. In my hand I will hold the distaff and grasp the spindle with my fingers. Give me focus even
with tedious work, to stay on task, and work as you have designed work to be done (Colossians
3:23). Make me “a [woman] of great skill” like Huram-Abi (2 Chronicles 2:13-14).

10. I will open my arms to the poor and extend my hands to the needy. Remind me of those who have less than you’ve blessed me with. Bring me to Proverbs 30:7-9 to remind me of my own station,
and give me Isaiah 58 to learn again about true fasting.

11. When it snows, I will not be fearful for my household for they are all well-clothed. Father, give
me great confidence in your promises and keep me strong and focused so that my family will
never lack for necessities.

12. I will make coverings for my bed and clothe myself in fine fabrics. Thank you, Father, that you
give us good things. Allow me to see what good things I can use to bring comfort to my household.
And remind me to allow my own comfort in there too.

13. I will see that my husband is respected among his peers. LORD, hold my tongue when I am
tempted to say something even a little disrespectful about my husband, even in jest. Give me the
words instead that will build him up and praise him in front of others.

14. I will make clothing or other items of value and sell them, and also supply other merchants with their needs. Whatever value I can bring to others, what talents you have for me, show me those
and guide me in service to others for the benefit of my family as well.

15. I will wear strength and dignity daily so that I can laugh at the days to come. Pull me toward you, LORD, so that I may know your virtues in my heart and find the peace that brings laughter.
16. I will speak with wisdom, and carry faithful instruction on my tongue. Speak through me, LORD, and give me wisdom to repent of my impure speech. Let me learn to be silent until my words just must be said.
17. I will watch over the affairs of my household and not eat the bread of idleness. Give me rest as I need it, but keep me on my feet otherwise. Encourage me to do what needs to be done and to stay
busy when there seems to be nothing left to do. And when I feel like I’m the only one “doing the
work”, LORD, press it upon me to do it anyway, with joy and without resentment.

18. My children shall grow up saying I am blessed; my husband too, and he will praise me, saying:  “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Oh, Father, make this true of me. As much as I desire your pride in me, I want to be someone my family can be proud of too. Help me to be a good daughter, mother, and wife in all that I do.

I was going to pick out my favorite ones but I couldn't do it. Every single one of these things applies to me somehow. And God placed these all in Proverbs for each one of us women. Please go to Natalie's site and download these for free! They come in a pdf so you can print them off and keep them with you.