Jerry comes to Tenth with over 20 years of pastoral experience as well as having served as Dean of Students at Westminster Seminary for 12 years. His primary role is to provide pastoral oversight of Tenth staff and to assist the church officers.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
What is the true beauty of a woman that can never be taken away? That kind of beauty comes primarily from within, and the source of it must be the fear of the Lord. The theme of the scriptures is more about our inward character…
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her.
To read this verse for many wives and mothers is a painful thing. It can bring up emotions of guilt and frustration. The challenge of motherhood is a precious yet heavy burden. So many times messages from the children are not blessings but disappointment and even rebellion.
She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
This Proverbs 31 excellent wife is not some writer’s concocted ideal of the “Barbie Doll” woman that is totally unrealistic. She is a real woman with real challenges. She is also a woman of real character.
She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
She rises while it is yet night
and provides food or her household
and portions for her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a…
An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
Here’s the section of scripture that puts most married women on a guilt trip. Who can live…