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.
And what of the voice of the husband?
His encouragement and support are vital to her role. To be appreciated by her husband is in many ways the key to this whole passage. A good and godly husband doesn’t wait for his children to bring praises but he actually leads them by example.
So in many ways this post is to be read by husbands. My contention is that too many of our wives feel the burden of loving and leading our children alone than in partnership with their husbands. Your role as a husband and father is to both protect and build up the reputation of your wife. That reputation is to be guarded both in the home and the marketplace. Teach your children by word and example that you as a family are truly blessed because of this woman God has given you. And in the public arena, don’t hesitate to highlight the joy and gratitude you have for her character and support.
The true woman of God doesn’t live for the praise of men, but she is greatly encouraged when they genuinely come and especially from those closest to her. Her faithfulness to the call of Christ in her life will produce blessings to those around her who rise up and call her blessed.
My we as husbands and children even today be a blessing to our wives and moms.
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