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She Can Laugh At The Days To Come ~ By Angie Maldonado
A picture of the perfect wife - where can we find her portrayed any better than the twenty-one verses in Proverbs 31? The past couple of years, the Lord has seemed to highlight one verse in particular to me. Verse 25 reads, "She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come." Now I haven't studied any commentary wisdom on this little verse, but it has come to have great meaning to me as a wife seeking noble character. My heart has wondered, if we can't laugh at the days to come, how will we respond. With sorrow? Anger? Bitterness? Complaining? There's nothing much noble about any of those.
Life is full of unexpecteds. Our "days to come" are uncertain and often include tribulation. A response of joy in all circumstances clearly depicts a wife clothed with strength and dignity, as verse 25 states. This is not to say tears are indicative of weakness. But what is our "m.o.?" Is the "joy of the Lord our strength?" (Neh. 8:10b) Or do we "do everything with complaining and arguing?" (Phil. 2:14)
This matters to our families. And it especially matters to our husbands. Believe me, life as an Army wife is full of change, unexpecteds, and objectionables as I am sure many of yours are. We have sporadic schedules, frequent moves, and unexplainable decisions being made for us. There's never a dull moment. The Lord has shown me that in order to be a support to my husband, I must be able to laugh at the days to come; whatever those days hold. See He, our Heavenly Father, holds those days. He purposes everything. My heart can be light if I rest in that.
My other option involves fighting a losing battle. Complaining and arguing about things we don't have the power to change does not demonstrate strength or dignity. It does not portray a positive character before my family. It generates negativity.
Laughing at the days to come shows trust and faith in the Lord's plans for our lives. If this becomes our default response to whatever lies ahead, oh what a spiritual legacy we will leave. If joy and trust become our natural reaction, oh what a blessing we will be to our husbands. "A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value... Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her." (Prov. 31:10-11, 28)
~ Angie Maldonado is a home schooling mom of two girls (ages 3 and 5) and an Army wife. Her greatest goal in life is to leave a remarkable spiritual legacy to her two girls and to see them mature with hearts to serve the Lord. She enjoys crafting, reading and of course, writing. She is working on her first book dedicated to encouraging women to let their lights shine for the Lord Jesus.