Far Above Rubies

Rubies, diamonds, pearls—all these precious stones are not easily gotten and are therefore very costly. It takes a tremendous amount of labour and care for them to be taken from beneath the earth, separated from stone, chipped, cut, and polished to be the beautiful gems set in jewelry. What else can be of more value than these?

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” -Proverbs 31:10, KJV. Why did God place the virtuous woman far above rubies? In light of the first paragraph, I doubt that there is something far more of value than gold, silver, and precious stones. But there is, there is!

A virtuous woman is:
1) A woman whose heart of her husband safely trusts in her,
2) A woman who will do her husband good and not evil all the days of her life,
3) A woman that worketh willingly with her hands,
4) A woman who brings her food from afar, (and not just the canned goods and hotdogs)
5) A woman that riseth while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household,
6) A woman who considers a field, and buys it (she does business management),
7) A woman who, with the fruit of her hands, plants a vineyard (or a vegetable garden, for that matter),
 A woman who strengthens her arms,
9) A woman whose candle goeth not out by night (she sure does not stop until she finishes what needs to be done! :))
10) A woman who lays her hands on the spindle and distaff (she weaves!)
11) A woman who stretcheth out her hands to the poor and the needy,
12) A woman who is not afraid of snow for her household (she is quite prepared for emergencies…),
13) A woman who makes herself coverings of tapestry (she sews her own clothes, and modest ones too, I might add!),
14) A woman whose husband is known among the elders of the land,
15) A woman who makes fine linen, and selleth it (there it is again…she does business),
16) A woman whose clothing are strength and honour,
17) A woman who opens her mouth with wisdom,
18) A woman who looketh well to the ways of her household, and is not idle,
19) A woman whose children rise up and call her blessed,
20) A woman whose husband praiseth her.

A virtuous woman is a rare thing to find, and if there is one, it takes a great amount of labour and care for them to such. Just imagine of your mother, wife, daughter, or sister was a virtuous woman. Would it not be a great blessing? We ought to take good care of all virtuous women as much (and more!) as we would take care of the sparkling gemstones. They are precious and are placed far above rubies.

Pearls, diamonds, and rubies—
All of which are hard to get.
Taken from beneath,
Separated from stone,
Chipped and carefully cut,
Smoothened and polished,
To be the beautiful stones
Fixed in jewelries.

Pearls, diamonds, and rubies—
None can be higher.
Or is there?
A willing worker,
A business maker,
A keeper at home—
It is the virtuous woman
Set far above rubies.

Sewing Patience

“Little girls sew until their fingers fall off….” Or so the saying goes. Wellllll…..maybe not to the point that their fingers fall off because now we have sewing machines that make sewing clothes faster than when it was done by hand. Still, there are times when a seamstress has to use only a needle and thread to embroider, do beadwork and other intricate sewing.

Anyway, it is not just the home maker’s skill that little girls learn when they sew. While it is a valuable asset for ladies, there is something far more important that they get every time they sew. Their character is being built with every stitch, every mistake, every time they start again. Patience is learnt as they sit still, trying to sew straight lines. And it is patience that will help them in their every day life. I can say this without uncertainty because I myself sew dresses for the girls in my family. Patience is needed as they scrub dirty clothes, bake cakes and cookies, and cook. If they are not patient, the clothes will have to be laundered again, their cakes soggy in the middle, and their food half-cooked. Patience is needed to teach kids to do chores and schoolwork. And, if they are not patient, their kids may end up as unresponsible adults. Do you see how important it is? If you think it through, there are at least a dozen circumstances that proves patience is an absolute necessity. And guess what?? Little girls learn it with a needle and thread in their hands.

Why don’t we take a needle and thread and start sewing? Perhaps we can also learn patience. 🙂

What is your cause?

Living amongst people

With a culture so deep

In schools and steeples,

I wonder,

What was their cause?

For knowledge they study,

For riches they labour,

For fame, tis beauty!

But I wonder,

What is their cause?

Formed by God’s hands

With a cry I entered

This strange, distant land.

I wonder,

What was my cause?

Unbounded grace I have

From Him received.

Grateful to Him above,

Now I wonder,

What is my cause?

Blessed with learning,

With skills, and talent,

For His own using,

My friend,

What is your cause?