I’m continuing my 31 Days Writing Challenge for the month of October. I desired to read and blog through the book of Sirach. For at least the next couple of days, I want to focus on the wisdom the book of Sirach contains for and about wives. Today, let’s consider a good wife: an intelligent wife.
A Good Wife: An Intelligent Wife
What would you consider a good wife? Someone who pleases her husband? A woman who maintains a Pinterest worthy home? Yes, yes and so much more. You know I love the Thesaurus, so I looked up “intelligent” in it and I was surprised by some of the synonyms: creative, original, rational, alert, all there, deep, ready…the list is extensive and very interesting.
“Happy the man of a creative wife.” This sentence definitely translates well considering Pinterest has made us all semi creative or at least think we are. But we don’t have to own a glue gun, stash burlap or use a Cricut to be creative. I think a much more creative endeavor is figuring out how to make a a delicious and nutritious meal with the lonely cans at the back of the pantry and the almost freezer burned cut of meat. Or how about pulling together Halloween costumes by raiding closets and drawers?
“Happy the man of original wife.” Not picking on Pinterest at all, but sometimes imitation which is supposed to be the greatest form of flattery just becomes redundant. An original wife can like polka dots even though chevron is all the rage. She doesn’t have to run to the salon for ombre hair–possible spending money she does not have–just to look like everyone else. She can wear plain ‘ol jeans and not fight to squeeze her middle age, grand multipara body into “Skinny jeans.”
“Happy the man of a rational wife.” A rational wife is a constant, steady blessing to her husband. He doesn’t have to wonder what time of the month it is because it doesn’t matter. His wife can or at least try to keep herself from being led by her emotions. She doesn’t accept every thought as truth or every whim as something to be done or had. She strives for balance and stability mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
“Happy the man of an all there wife.” Woman was created to be the helper of man, not the superhero of the Church potluck, homeless shelter or charity auction. Remember when we considered “Who is My Neighbor?” An all there wife is present for her husband. She’s not running here and there; her contentment is found at home and then she freely shares with others. She can’t rob her husband of herself to give it to others.
“Happy the man of a ready wife.” A ready wife is accessible to her husband. She is close at hand ready to share life with her husband. She is not put off by his needs because she has her own to take care first.
She does not sit around idly waiting, she anticipates not only her husband’s needs but her own as well. She does not need her husband to complete her, she’s already found that completion in Christ. She’s ready, willing and able to be a good wife, an intelligent wife.
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