Virtuous, Excellent, Helpmeet

I am reading "the Virtuous Woman - shattering the superwoman myth" by Vicki Courtney. I was truly laughing out loud during the introduction. I was thinking about skipping it but I am so glad that I didn't!

Here she is describing her first thoughts as she started to dig in to Proverbs 31:10-31. (colors added by me)

I have no problem bringing my food from afar, whether it's take-out or the bag-o-burgers deal at Sonic. I was thrilled to find the verse about the maidens and was quick to point it out to my husband. He responded by pointing out the sewing and cooking verses. Ouch. I'll have to pass on planing a vineyard until I can manage to keep a Chia pet alive. As for strengthening her arms, does this mean I can get a personal trainer to help me strengtheneth mine? If my husband's pants need hemming, can I hire someone else to layeth hands to the spindle and still get credit? Can I stretch out y hand to the poor by participating in the canned food drive at my kid's school? I don't care much for wearing purple and silks, but we definitely share a passion for finding the perfect outfit. When it comes to exhibiting the law of kindness, can there be exemptions on days when the toilets need cleaning, the kids are fighting, and I have PMS? Is my Sunday afternoon nap considered the bread of idleness?

I was rotfl!!! I had just snuggled down in my bed for a Sunday afternoon nap when I read this!

I am considering doing a study with some other women. "Created to Be His Helpmeet" and "The Excellent Wife" are two that I am thinking about doing. I am asking God to bring people into my path that HE wants to do this study.

Have you ever done any of these studies or something similar?


Mary at Civilla's Cyber Cafe said...

Have not read those books or done a study. The Proverbs 31 woman had servant girls. For some reason, we overlook that today. And in a sense, we have some servant girls, I heard somegbody say: our washers and dryers and dishwashers and vacuum cleaners, etc.

But, yes, the Proverbs 31 woman had servant girls. (So did Susannah Wesley.)

When I was young and had 2 babies, I would tell myself, "Her arms are strong for her tasks -- that's ME." And that seemed to help me go on.

OMG -- I have to type in "stinketh" for word verification! Wonder what that means? Does my comment stinketh? Ha-ha.

Saw your comment at June Fuentes' site.

Mary at Civilla's Cyber Cafe said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. My son LOVES the "Fred" videos on YouTube. You must google "Fred." His videos are hilarious!

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

I own both books and have read them both several times.

'The Excellent Wife' is a timeless gem--I highly recommend this book to ALL women!!! That would absolutely be my first choice.

As for 'Created to Be His Helpmeet'--I personally would not teach others out of that book. I enjoyed alot of the points but did not agree with everything. If I did do a study using this book I would just pull out the parts I agreed with and share those.

Have you read the 1800's book 'The Family' by JR Miller? It is an excellent read--another I highly recommend. This book, however, does not come with a study companion.

Hope that helps and many blessings...

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