P31:26-27 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
i'm back to reviewing with the study bible this time.
although proverbs has often used men as concrete examples of wisdom, the proverbs apply equally well to women, and the wisdom that god teaches in proverbs can be well understood by both men and women. she looks well to the ways of her household focuses on this woman's diligence in caring for her home and her children and servants. her rejection of idleness embodies one of the chief virtues of proverbs.
this is a passage that comes at just the right time (but don't they all seem to?). i had just been thinking recently about speaking kindly-- and whether i do or do not. i think, more often than i'd like to admit, i don't speak kindly. not that i'm necessarily mean, but being unkind can be worse than being outright mean sometimes. and same with the wisdom! am i speaking off the cuff and not thinking about what i'm saying, or am i being wise in considering the effect my words will have on others?
again with the household statements. i am a homebody. i love to stay home, i love to host people over, i love to cook, and i love to clean (gasp!). but i do. i feel worthless when i sit and don't do anything-- which speaks to me finding my worth in doing. one thing i need to make sure i'm taking time for is intentional rest. not lazy days, but intentional rest. time for sleeping well. time for meditating. time for relaxing with husband. there's a delicate balance to be found, and i hope to someday be balanced.