Week 42 A Godly Mother’s Advice

By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger)

Week 42

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 31

Key Scripture Verse: Proverbs 31: 30 (NIV, Life Application Bible)

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

The sayings in this book of Proverbs are attributed to King Lemuel as he recounts the teachings of his mother. My Bible commentary indicates that little is known of King Lemuel; however, the book demonstrates wisdom of a mother’s advice to her son, the king.

She starts off saying to him, “Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.” Then she says to him not to drink strong drink and “forget what has been decreed.”

Then she advises him on how to conduct himself as a Godly king: to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” and to guard their rights. She tells him to judge fairly, especially taking care of those who are needy.

The rest of the psalm is all about Lemuel’s mother’s comments on what makes an ideal wife in the eyes of God. She describes a woman who brings good upon the household, works with her hands, gathers food for the home, prepares it, even taking long hours to do her work to assure that all are fed properly. She is a woman who is careful with her money and makes wise decisions such as buying a field and planting her own vineyard, working diligently at all of her work. She is a shrewd business person, mends her own clothes, gives to the poor and helps those in need. She makes clothing and bedding for her household and keeps them all warm when the cold weather comes.

Not only is a good wife kind to others and a hard worker, but she speaks with wisdom and “faithful instruction,” caring for her husband who finds her praiseworthy and her children who “call her blessed.”

Most of all, Lemuel’s mother describes a woman who does God’s will in all that she does—at home and outside of the home. She describes the perfect woman who likely does not exist but is the ideal.

Following God’s ideals of self-discipline, caring for the poor, being fair to all, choosing a partner in life who also upholds God’s will and works hard to keep everyone safe and secure, raising your children with faith and discipline—all of these would be pleasing to God.

God wants what’s best for us and his laws and decrees were put in place for our protection and happiness. Seems Lemuel’s Mom really did know what was best. We would be wise to pay attention in “fearing” the Lord, honoring his will and heeding his instruction. We just might be happier in our lives if we paid attention to this advice.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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