Proverbs 31:11-31 English Standard Version (ESV)
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself[a] with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.[b]
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates
She is beautiful inside and out.
She is loving and caring.
She is kind and compassionate.
She is fiercely protective of those she loves and cares about.
She is full of passion for what she believes in and always stands up for her beliefs.
She is strong and does not easily back down.
She is determined and does not quit, that is not an option and she will find her way around any obstacle in her path.
She is an artist with a flair for repurposing items that people see no value in. She brings old things back to life.
She is a great listener and works toward a solution, rather than complain about a problem.
She is an amazing mom of three college graduates who are changing the world around them.
She is a wife, a mom, an aunt, a sister, and a daughter.
She is an emergency 911 dispatcher who works more hours than should be humanly possible. The first voice you might hear, full of calm and reserve as she manages 500 things at once.
She is a former school bus driver that loved her riders as if they were her own children.
She is an animal lover and considers them family, not just pets.
She never has enough time to take care of herself, she is always caring for others and burning the candle at both ends.
She is wise beyond her years and has seen many things most people will never have to see.
She is faithful and will celebrate 29 years of marriage this month to her loving husband.
She was a cheerleading mom and advisor when her daughter was school age.
She loves her community and has a great tribe that she holds dear and close to her heart.
But one of the best things she is…..she is my sister. And I love her with all my heart and soul. Today is her birthday. I don’t see her as often as I would like, but I hope she knows how very proud I am of her, her accomplishments, which are too many to mention. I know she is always a phone call away. Our family is very blessed indeed!
Catherine, I love you sis and I pray that today your birthday will be all you hope for and more! You deserve it! Much love~Carlene
May you know how much Jesus Loves You-right in this moment-right where you are! Jesus can turn any mess into a message of hope. #HopeAlwaysHaveFaith
Blessings to all!