In honor of Mother
By Sparta Live | May 7, 2018 7:20 am
The Right Stuff- By Donald Holman
Down through my formative years, you could pretty much count on this passage of scripture being read every Mother’s Day by my father, Pastor J. T. Holman. This passage of scripture holds a special place in my heart for so many reasons.
In this portrait of a mother, as written so many thousands of years ago, we hardly see the meek submissive mouse that modern culture assigns a biblical mother. This woman is not only a wonderful wife and mother but also a business woman in her own right. Notice, she makes money through a variety of ventures and invests it. Far from being a shrinking flower, this woman of virtue is so well known that when her husband takes his place in the council, he is known by the excellent reputation of his wife!
Of course, I know that many of you think of your own mother and wife when you read this, as do I. And I think of my sisters, fiercely independent and hardworking women that shape the world they inhabit through the strength of their own deeds and character.
Finally, in Sparta Tennessee, when I think of this ideal woman, outside my own family, I always think of Martha Sue Broyles. If you have never been blessed by knowing the Broyles family, you might not know this lady I speak of. But trust me, even though I was only privileged to know her a few years relative to her many years of life, her advice and friendship have meant a great deal to me, and many more. Her husband, Kenneth, is as fine a man as White County ever produced, yet he stands in the shadow of his wonderful wife. How much better a world might we have if women of this strong will and character were more celebrated as the ideal model of all womanhood can be!
Proverbs 31:10-31 King James Version (KJV)
(10) Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
(11) The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
(12) She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
(13) She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
(14) She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
(15) She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
(16) She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
(17) She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
(18) She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
(19) She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
(20) She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
(21) She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
(22) She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
(23) Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
(24) She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
(25) Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
(26) She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
(27) She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
(28) Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
(29) Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
(30) Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
(31) Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.