The Proverbs Woman

Author:   Laurie Petrisin

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 Introduction - Dominion and recovering the Ball

     In Genesis when God created man, He gave him dominion over the earth. "…In the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'" Gen.1:27,28.

     We were created to exercise stewardship and authority over the earth - the works of God's hands. Unfortunately we dropped the ball by choosing to sin. Yet God's purpose did not change. Jesus Christ proved that. He recovered the ball with His death, atonement and resurrection. He came to destroy the works of the devil (1John 3:8). With His ascension, Jesus turned the ball over to the church and He tells us, "You have the strategies of My Word and the power and authority of My Name. PLAY TO WIN! Scripture states that the church is to fulfill God's purpose on earth and that the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Matt.16: 18,19).

     Jesus exercised authority when He walked on earth and the early church operated in this way. Now the Almighty Coach, from His position of Kingly reign is watching our generation and He's telling us to score!

     In whatever spheres of life God has placed us, He expects us to exercise responsible stewardship and authority. In other words, He wants us to co-rule with Jesus Christ, under His headship, with the intent of glorifying the Father and advancing the kingdom. We recite the Lord's Prayer: "Thy kingdom come Lord, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Do we really believe that? Do we live accordingly?

     The present-day church has retreated from the culture into our self-contained fellowships, meetings and programs. We are more interested in our "Christian" state of well being than we are with God's mandate.

     The earth does not belong to Satan. The planet earth belongs to God. Deut.10: 14 states: "Indeed heaven belongs to the Lord your God, also the earth and all that is in it."

     I Cor.10: 26 repeats this: "The earth is the Lord's and all its fullness."  God Himself declares His ownership: "Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people, for all the earth is mine." (Ex.19: 5).

     One has only to get out a concordance and look up the word "earth" to discover whom the owner is. Satan may have tried to usurp authority but the fact is that the earth is the Lord's. God wants us to bring His righteousness, truth and justice into every realm on earth - the marketplace, family, science, medicine, education, government, etc. The Lord expects us to challenge the erroneous thinking of the world with the standard of His Word. Isaiah 42:3,4 declare, "…He will bring forth justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, 'til He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands shall wait for His law."

     Satan does not own the earth and he doesn't control it. "There is one Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth." (Phil.2: 18). This perspective is vitally important because understanding dominion is not only a necessity for a victorious church; it is also the premise for becoming a Proverbs woman.

The Proverbs Woman

     Proverbs 31:10-13 describe a woman who, through obedience to God and an understanding of the working principles of His Word, exercises dominion in the various realms of life. Those realms are the home, business, economics, ministry and government.

The Home

     The first aspect scripture presents is the marital relationship which serves as bedrock for the woman functioning biblically in all other areas.

     "Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her. So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life." (Prov.31: 23)

     These verses say a mouthful. Later on we read that the 'husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.' (Vs. 23). Throughout the Bible the word "gates" denotes government and leadership. They key word in the preceding scriptures is "trust." The husband is confident of his wife's support as he operates in his own areas of authority and responsibility; whether it be family, business or ministry. This man is assured of the fact that his wife desires his increase 'so that he has no lack of gain.'

    One can surmise that this home is operating under the biblical principles of authority and submission. Any true authority comes from an understanding of God's authority and our submission to it. His is the beginning and final authority. The church is to advance the kingdom under the headship of Jesus Christ and in obedience to His Word. Unfortunately she has failed to do this because the church takes God's Word and instead of obeying it, either ignores or rationalizes it to fit her own assumptions of what that Word means. Rather than conforming to the Word, we conform the Word to a system of beliefs that we are comfortable with.

    In the same way a woman can refuse to recognize the authority of her husband because she thinks that she knows better than him. In our secret heart of hearts, we may believe that we are more spiritual than our husbands are. We don't say this but we think it. It is easy with this kind of thinking to circumvent the whole principle of submission and to justify the lack of that principle in our lives.

     Men think differently than women. Men think practically and reason logically. Women think intuitively. Both ways of thinking were created by God. However, whether we believe it or not, women need men to balance them especially in the times when our "intuition" is wrong.

     Why does Paul say in I Tim.2:12 that he doesn't permit women to teach or have authority over men in the church? Because Adam was formed first and then Eve; and Eve was the one who was deceived. On the whole, women can be more easily deceived than men. God has ordained an incredible order to His creation. The very fact that we think ourselves more spiritual may not only be pride but a form of deception as well.

     God's Word also instructs the husband on how he is to act in the area of authority and submission. The husband is to come under the headship of Jesus Christ, loving his wife as Christ loves the church and gave Himself for her.

     However, even if the husband is not living under this principle, wives are called to act like Sara who submitted to her husband and did not give way to fear. (I Pet.2:6) Abraham blew it numerous times. He made some big mistakes, the first one being his attempt to pass off  Sarah as his sister instead of his wife when they were in Egypt. Sarah was taken to the Pharaoh's wife for future betrothal, but God intervened. He plagued Pharaoh's house until Pharaoh called for Abraham, rebuked him for lying and told him to take his wife. (Gen.12:10-20)

     God will intervene for us if we trust Him and do not give way to fear. "In this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves (with the incorruptible ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit), being submissive to their own husbands." (I Pet.3:5)

     The Proverbs woman believes in her husband and his leadership. Is he perfect? No, but it is doubtful as to whether this woman wastes much time in criticizing or complaining about him. She builds him up instead. Prov.14: 1 says, "Every wise woman builds her house: but the foolish tears it down with her own hands." There's not another person who has more influence over a man than his wife.

     The husband also has confidence that, as his wife operates in other areas such as business and ministry; the family will not suffer. We see a tremendous partnership here.

     "She is not afraid of the snow, for all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself. Her clothing is fine linen and purple." (Vs.21, 22)

     This woman is not afraid of the snow. In other words, she is not afraid of adversity or hardship. She is prepared.

     "She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness." (Vs.27)

     The Proverbs woman is efficient and wise as a homemaker. Under her supervision, the wheels of the home run smoothly.

     By clothing her family and herself in garments of scarlet and purple, this woman reveals something about her perspective. Throughout scripture these colors are used to describe royalty and royalty means rule. Rom.5: 17 says, "For if by one man's offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." The Bible says that we are to reign here in this life. This earthen sod is the training ground where we learn to overcome and to function in authority. This is important. The woman sees herself, her husband and her children as individuals with a biblical mandate to exercise dominion in the areas that God has called them to, thereby increasing His kingdom. She believes in her husband and cheers him on. She trains her children in godly leadership with the goal that they will serve and glorify God, making a difference. This raises an important concept. We need to ask ourselves the following questions: "Do we see ourselves as ruling?" Do we see our families in that light?" "Do we support, encourage and train those entrusted to us toward that end?"

     It is interesting to note how Paul directs the older women in the church to actually admonish the younger women to love their husbands and their children. (Titus 2:4) Love has everything to do with how we see our families. How we see our families has everything to do with how we treat and serve them.

     Are we teaching and training our children in the principles of God's Word, not only so that they can be "good" Christians, but so that they can lead and excel in whatever God has purposed them to put their hands to? Is Bible study part of the daily routine? Are there family devotions? If we think that Sunday school and youth programs are going to take care of our children's spiritual upbringing, we are sadly mistaken. That is our responsibility. Children imitate what their parents do.

     The Bible tells us to teach our children God's commandments. In Deut.28, God makes it very clear to the Israelites that obedience to His commandments will be blessed and disobedience cursed. If they keep His commandments, statutes and laws, they will prosper and there will be peace in the land. However, if they are disobedient, the opposite will be true.

     The Israelites needed to understand that there were consequences to their choices. The present day church needs to understand this too. We have lost and need to recover a fear of God; not a shrinking kind of fear but a reverent love and respect. Where we need to exhibit a shrinking fear is toward sin. We should shrink back from committing sin in the understanding that we serve a holy God.

     In chapter 11 of Deut., God also commands the Israelites to teach His words to their children: "Therefore lay up these words of Mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand… You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." (Vs.18-20)

     Evidently we are to be training our children in God's Word all the time. We are to be applying God's principles to every situation in life because nothing exists apart from His Word. We are to train our children in godly perspective and sound biblical reasoning, followed by obedience. What happens when we do this? Read the rest of the chapter. God says, " Your days will be multiplied; every place on which the sole of your foot treads will be yours; and no man shall be able to stand against you." (Vs.21-25, paraphrased) Obedience results in dominion.

     Along with character training, we should apply God's Word to the areas of work and academics because everything is  His domain. It is our responsibility as parents to see our children increase in whatever gifts and abilities God has given them. Does the child show an interest and aptitude in science, music, or a trade? Is he or she intrinsically motivated toward biology, architecture, agriculture, carpentry, sewing, art? Our goal should be to see our children advance in the skills and disciplines necessary to excel in whatever field they focus on. In this way we train our children to become leaders.

     "Every wise woman builds her house; but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands." The Proverbs woman is an example of a person who builds her house with the foresight of advancing God's kingdom.

 Economics and Business

"She is like the merchant ship, she brings her food from afar." (Prov.31: 14)

     This woman is involved in commerce. She operates in the marketplace. By importing goods for her family's sustenance, she shows that her thinking and actions are far reaching and that she is not limited to her immediate surroundings. Her own goods travel.

     "She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard." (Vs.16)

     She understands economics and free enterprise. She is also intelligent. She considers a field and buys it. Apparently the field is successful. She expands. From the profits she plants a vineyard. Who benefits from the increase? Her own family as well as those whom she employs and provides jobs for. She is an employer.

     "She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household, and a portion for her maidservants." (Vs. 15)

     Along with the field hands, she has maidservants to oversee and direct. She is good at administration.

     "She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants." (Vs.24)

     The Proverbs woman is a businesswoman. Apart from her crops, she has what is known as a 'cottage industry' and works from the home. She is skilled as a seamstress with knowledge and experience in clothing design. She puts these skills and abilities to use, creating a business.

     What abilities and expertise do we possess? Do we shine in areas of sewing, food production, gardening, accounting, soap making, weaving, crafts? What about writing. We are living in what is commonly called the 'Information Age.' Can we produce curriculum or how-to books? Is there a skill that we can market?

     "She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good and her lamp does not go out at night." (Vs.17, 18)

     This woman is industrious. She perceives that her merchandise is good. This is confidence, not pride. She knows her product is good and that she is stewarding well those gifts and abilities that God has given her, developing an expertise. She's not burying her talents but investing them wisely to God's profit as well as her own and that of her family's.

     The Proverb's woman is hard working and operates in the role of entrepreneur. She understands the balance between family and business. By rightly setting her priorities, she is successful at both.

Ministry

     "She extends her hands to the poor, yes she reaches out her hands to the needy." (Prov.31:20)

    This is another area in the Proverb woman's life where she exercises good stewardship. She is not selfish or self absorbed. She is aware of the needs around her.

     Understanding the principles of economics, business and hard work, she made profits. She had something to give. When we steward finances or anything else in out lives biblically, it will bring increase. Hopefully, the more we increase, the more we will give. There was a businessman who made a great deal of money. Out of his profits he kept 10% to meet his family's needs and gave 90% away.

    There is a biblical principle to giving. Paul talks about it in II Cor. 9: 6-10: "But this I say, he which sows sparingly shall reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. So let each man give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness remains forever."

     "Now He that supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply seed you have sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness."

     When we give liberally two things occur. Our seed is multiplied and we increase in righteousness. Look at some of the words used in this scripture: Multiply, increase, fruits, righteousness. What is advancing? The kingdom of God. II Cor.9:7 tells us  to "abound in the grace of giving." We are to practice and excel in it.

     Another point to ministry is that it does not have to take place in a mission field half-way around the world. It can be as simple as shoveling snow in a driveway for someone who's ill or taking an elderly neighbor to a doctor's appointment. There are needs all around us and ways in which to minister to them.

     "She opens her mouth with wisdom; the law of kindness is on her tongue." (Prov.31: 26)

     There is a law for everything and God is the Lawgiver.  There are laws of nature, gravity and physics. The are also biblical laws - the law of faith, the law of liberty and the law of love. The greatest commandment is this: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." (Matt.22: 37)

     Jesus Christ didn't come to destroy the law but to fulfill it - (Matt.5: 17). How do we walk in the Spirit and fulfill these laws? We must first understand what the laws are. How do we attain understanding? By meditating in God's Word.

     David said, "O how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments have made me wiser than my enemies… I have more understanding than all my teachers: for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep Your Word." (Psalm 119: 97-100)

     We need to become students of the Word - rightly dividing God's truths. Dominion goes beyond an emotional experience. We have to use our minds. Rom.7: 25 says, "So then with the mind I serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."

     Ministry, for all its good intentions, can be for nothing unless we understand the law of love. "Though I give away all my goods to feed the poor, .. and have not love, it profits me nothing." (ICor.13: 3) 

     It comes down to how much we know God. Peter tells the church to give all diligence in practicing and adding to their lives faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love - (II Pet.1: 5-8). Why? So that they might not be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

     We come to know God by learning what He says about Himself and the ways in which He governs His creation. These are recorded in His Word.

     When we become knowledgeable in His Word, we are no longer tossed to and fro by every vain philosophy or wind of doctrine. We grow up and begin to operate in confidence and authority. When confronted with worldy thinking and even teachings in the church, we are to examine them in the light of God's Word to see which are erroneous and which hold up. It may come as a shock for us to discover that some of our beliefs which we always viewed as "Christian" are in reality not biblical at all. An example of this is the refusal to ostracize another believer when that person is practicing sin.

     The Bible is quite clear on how the church is to act when confronted with this type of situation. Paul addresses the church at Corinth where fornication was reported among them. "But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner - not even to eat with such a person." (I Cor.5: 11)

     Paul goes a little further. He tells the church to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved - (Vs. 5). In another instance Paul tells Timothy that he turned two rebellious believers over to Satan that "they may learn not to blaspheme." (I Tim. 19, 20)

     But, many times in our thinking, we figure that God can't really be serious about what He says. Isn't ostracizing someone so.. well…judgmental? Shouldn't we try to accommodate that person by continually trying to reach him? Get him to as many meetings as we can? Isn't that the "Christian" thing to do?

     Hebrews 12:15 says, "Looking diligently (watching out) lest any one fall short of the grace of God: lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled."

     We think we know better than God does. So we make allowances and excuses, compromising His Word to the detriment of the church, and His kingdom. What we really do is rebel against His authority.

     There are parents who refuse to discipline their children because they don't believe in spanking. The figure God can't really mean what he says in Proverbs 23:13 about disciplining the child with a rod and so delivering his soul from hell. That seems so .. well.. harsh. It can't be in the best interest of the child. And so these children grow up rebellious, self-centered and discourteous. Proverbs 12:15 says, "The rod and reproof give wisdom but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother." Parents, who buy into the humanistic philosophy of the world instead of thinking biblically, will reap the results of that philosophy.

     God disciplines us because he loves us. "But whom the Lord loves, He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives." (Heb.12:6) The Webster definition of scourge reads: To whip. To punish with severity; to chastise; to afflict for sins or faults, and with the purpose of correction.

     "Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to them who are exercised thereby." (Heb. 12:11) Discipline is not fun. It is painful but it results in righteousness. We need to adhere to God's Word above every other standard for behavior and we need to train and discipline our children to do the same.

     It takes time and effort on our part to know God. The goal is to develop the hidden life with Christ. The hidden life results from time spent alone with God and in His Word. That is the source from where any true ministry springs and is sustained. I Pet.3: 3,4 says, "Do not let your beauty be that outward adorning of arranging the hair, of wearing gold, or of putting on fine apparel.." Peter is talking about outward appearances here. This can also relate to our spirituality - the outward appearance of spirituality. "But let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight."

     When we attend to the hidden life, Christ is manifested. "If you then be risen with Christ seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not anything on earth. For you are dead and your life is his with Christ in God." (Col.3: 3)

     When we attend to the hidden life, God reveals to us truth and wisdom. "Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts. And in the hidden part You shall make me to know wisdom," (Ps.51: 6)

     The Proverbs woman understood the source of her ministry. It enabled her to speak with wisdom and the law of kindness was on her tongue. Her husband understood it also. He praises her:

     " Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all. (Prov.31: 28)

     He doesn't address her as wife or mother but as daughter. He is referring to her relationship with God the Father and the fruit of that relationship.

     "Charm is deceitful and beauty vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised." (Prov.31:30)

Government - Mothers of Israel, Arise!

     Government originated with God. God governs the universe. He also created principles of government for men. Romans, chapter 13 tells us that the purpose of government is basically to punish evil and reward good. Governments that do not align themselves to God's Word become oppressive and overstep their jurisdiction. In the U.S. we live under a government that has progressively done that. But this is not God's will for his people. Isaiah 9:6&7 speak of another government in which the increase and peace thereof will never end. This is the government of the lord Jesus Christ

     In the book of Judges we see an example of a woman whom God used in the areas of government and battle in order to deliver His people. This woman's name was Deborah.

     "Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at the time and she would sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountains of Ephraim. And the children of Israel came up to her for judgement." (Judges 4:4,5)

     At the time Israel was under the oppression of Jabin, king of Caanan. The Lord wanted to deliver His people and bring them out from under Jabin's oppression. Interestingly enough, He chose to entrust His battle plans to a woman. Deborah sends for Barak, a commander of the Israeli army and says, "Has not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, 'Go and deploy troops at Mount Tabor; take with you a thousand men of the sons of Naphtali and Zebulun; and against you I will deploy Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude at the river Kishon; and I will deliver him into your hand'?"

     Barak's response is somewhat surprising. He says to her, "If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go." Because of this, Deborah tells him that she will surely go but that there will be no glory for him in the undertaking. The Lord will sell Sisera into the hands of a woman. (Judges 4:9)

     The story follows with the Lord routing Sisera and Barak destroying the Canaan army. Sisera, however, escapes by foot and finds himself at the tent of Jael. Jael was the wife of Heber, a Kenite. The Kenites were tent dwellers, nomads. Judges 4:17 tells us that there was peace between Jabin and the house of Heber. Apparently that was why Jabin thought he had refuge in Jael's house. He was thirsty and probably exhausted. He asks for water. She gives him milk. He tells her to stand guard at the door of the tent while he rests. She agrees. Then, when Sisera is asleep, Jael takes the tent peg and, with hammer, drives it through his head. It is noteworthy that she uses the tools of the home to defeat the enemy.

     Scripture does not tell us what was going through Jael's head or why she acted against the enemy of Israel. We only know that the Bible extols her and holds her up as worthy of honor. "Most blessed among women is Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite; blessed is she among women in tents. He asked for water, she gave milk; she brought out cream in a lordly bowl. She stretched her hand to the tent peg, her right hand to the workman's hammer; She pounded Sisera, she pierced his head, she split and struck through his temple. At her feet he sank, he fell, he lay still." (Judges 5:24-27)

     We may think that Jael's actions were treacherous or violent or bloodthirsty, but the Bible commends her. She acted in a situation of extremity where eternal things were at stake. Evidently she cared more for that than her own security or well being.

     After the battle, Deborah composes a song. She praises God for the victory and describes her own position concerning warfare and God's providential acts through events, governments and His own people. What Deborah had was a biblical worldview.

     When Deborah was judging Israel, civilization had broken down, This happens when a nation turns from God. "In the days of Shamgar, in the days of Jael, the highways were deserted, and the travelers walked along the byways." (Judges 5:6). There were probably highway robbers and people were forced to seek alternative routes of travel. Crime and lawlessness had increased.

     "Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel, until I, Deborah arose, arose a mother in Israel."   (Judges 5:7)

     Deborah understood God's righteousness and His desire for His people. She had lived under an oppressive, godless system. She knew that was not God's purpose for Israel. Prov.29:2 says, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules the people groan."

     Deborah also knew that Israel had led itself captive by rebellion and doing evil in the sight of the Lord. But now God was ready to act and His people were about to take back the land. Deborah calls herself what she, in fact, is - a mother in Israel. As a mother in Israel, she rises up!

     "My heart is with the rulers of Israel who offered themselves willingly with the people. Bless the Lord!" (Judges 5:9). Her heart is with the leaders who gave themselves willingly and fought for the Lord.

     She addresses the tribes: "Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan, and why did Dan remain on ships? Asher continued at the seashore, and stayed by his inlets. Zebulun is a people who jeopardized their lives to the point of death. Naphtali also, on the heights of the battlefield." Apparently some of the tribes fought for the Lord while others stayed away. If she were here today, how would Deborah address the church? How would she distinguish between those who battle for the Lord and those who remain within the security of their safety zones?

     Deborah had the perspective to God's purposes and what was at stake in both heaven and earth. "The kings came and fought, then the kings of Canaan fought in Taanoch, by the waters of Megiddo; they took no spoils of silver. They fought from the heavens; the stars from their courses fought against Sisera." (Judges 5:19,20).

     The very stars from their courses fought! Heaven has an interest in how we're conducting ourselves down here and in the increase of God's kingdom. It is a cosmic war.

     "'Curse Meroz,' said the angel of the Lord. Curse its inhabitants bitterly because they did not come to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty." (Judges 5:23)

     We are in desperate need of mothers in Israel. As women we need to rise up and do our part in the battle, whatever that part may be. Our hearts need to be with those rulers who are fighting the good fight; those who are exposing darkness and holding forth the standard of God's light, righteousness and truth in every darkened area. Not just in the churches, but in the public arena! We should be willing to fight for the Lord against the mighty!

     Is this type of heart demonstrated in the Proverbs woman? Most definitely.

     "But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates." (Prov.31:31)

Conclusion

     In conclusion, we have examples of how women are to biblically function in the realms of the home, the marketplace, business, ministry and government as demonstrated by the Proverbs woman.

     Under the authority of God and in obedience to His Word, we are to exercise dominion to the increase and advancement of His kingdom.

     Looking well to the ways of our households, we support our husbands and train our children. By developing skills and knowledge, we become productive in the areas of business and commerce. In ministry, we extend ourselves to the needy, recognizing that we are to minister to the Lord first. We are to practice the hidden life. In relation to government our hearts, prayers and services are toward those leaders with the courage and conviction to hold forth the standard of God's Word.

     God help us to overcome our own shortcomings, that we might reason and live biblically to the increase of His Kingdom and His government which shall never end.

     In so doing, we too will laugh at the days to come and our own works will praise us in the gates.

     To Him be the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

Author:  Laurie Petrisin

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