She Dresses In Dignity

“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:25‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Everyone has a story. It’s the story that God has penned in our lives in which blessings and trials, ups and downs have happened that have landed us right where we are today.

My friend Sherri’s story is amazing. She told it to me at breakfast a few years ago. It blew me away then to see her steadfast strength under pressure and perseverance. I was honored by the dignity she would never allow the enemy to take from her as she remembered that she was a daughter of The King! Her faith has grown mine.

As I see how God has recently in the past few years magnified the power in her story by gifting her a wonderful new husband in Steve, my heart is filled with joy seeing her living a life of continual love and abundant blessings.

Sherri is clothed in strength and dignity. She wears it like a robe. Her dignity and strength come from The Lord and the power we obtain from living according to the Word and walking in The Spirit. Sherri is the epitome of obedient. I believe that is why our Daddy couldn’t wait to bless her with her precious new marriage centered on Him.

Sherri is an encourager of all things good. She blesses many with her words of encouragement and she blesses many with her God given gift to minister to the sick through her position in the medical field.

I’m honored to call this Proverbs Woman my dear friend. She is clothed with strength and dignity. She wears her robe of righteousness proudly. I love you Sherri.

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Behind Every Great Man

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“Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:23-24

Ever heard that saying, “Behind every great man, is a great woman?” I completely believe this saying as I am a Women’s Ministry leader, and that gives me the opportunity to meet some amazing women. You can obviously tell this by the past few week’s blogs about some incredible women I know and love.

God has blessed me with a friendship with an extraordinary woman named Chrissy. Chrissy and her husband Pete are not only key players in the workings of Unforsken Women Corp, they are also our dear friends. Their whole family feels like family to us. Their son Chris is our son Eli’s best friend. The Peterson’s are what the Bible refers to as “The Salt of the Earth.” They add flavor to everything.

Pete is one of our leaders in our Single Mom’s Man-Training program. Pete is an amazing example of a Godly Man. The boys have an awesome example to follow in Mr. Pete. I strongly believe that Mr. Pete is respected and loved because of his love for Jesus and also because of the amazing, supporting wife that he has in Chrissy.

The Word says, “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”
Proverbs ‬ ‭18:22‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Pete is definitely favored from The Lord, as he has found a good wife in Chrissy.  Chrissy serves with everything she has in her. She cares for and serves her children, her husband, her home, her dog and she serves amazingly as a friend to me and a volunteer at church and Unforsaken Treasures and events. She seems to have endless energy, which I know must run out, but she never shows it. She also never complains. She does everything with an amazing attitude. Even hard things.

My friend Chrissy is one of the funniest people I know. She makes me laugh and keeps me from being too serious all of the time. She’s a precious jewel to me as a friend. Can you tell I love her?

I’m thankful beyond words to honor Chrissy as a Proverbs 31 Woman. She truly deserves it. Behind every great man, is an amazing woman.

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Her Household Is Secure

“When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:21-22‬ ‭NIV‬‬

When my friend Shelby became a mama, God knew just what He was doing. Shelby is a Proverbs 31 Woman. She takes full responsibility for the comings and goings in her home.

Shelby is a wonderful mother and grandmother. It is obviously her pride and joy to care for her tribe God has given her. She has a grown daughter and a son. Her son John Jr, had a car accident over 7 years ago leaving him with a traumatic brain injury. The doctors didn’t give Shelby and her husband John much hope for John Jr, but let me tell you, I don’t think these doctors took into consideration the God they both serve and the kind of mama Shelby is.

John Jr. has done exceedingly more than they ever believed he would. It may be because Shelby spends everyday researching the best treatments, therapies and procedures for him. She spends countless hours as his advocate fighting through insurance red tape to see to it John Jr. has what he needs. Shelby makes sure she takes him for long walks each day for fresh air, she gets him in the pool, she takes him to the the farmers market to buy fresh produce for his homemade food she makes him. Shelby is beyond excellent with her care for John Jr.

Shelby also makes sure her daughter knows how loved and supported she is as she lives with them as a hard working single mom. Shelby is an amazing Grandma. Her two baby granddaughters are the joy of her life. They adore Shelby. I mean, who wouldn’t? She exudes love.

Shelby is a faithful wife, a God-honoring mother and a devoted grandma.  I won’t  fail to mention what a great friend she is to me. She is always encouraging of my writing and teaching and I thank God for her gentle, quiet spirit God has given her.

My friend Shelby has no fear for her household. For all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes sure of it.

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It’s Always About Others

“She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬
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You know, we really get to know the true hearts of people we spend alot of time with. Social media and our self-centered world can allow any of us to put our best face forward and hide our ugly very easily. I’ve spent plenty of quality time with this woman and that’s why when I write this tribute I have no problem saying, this woman is a true Proverbs 31 Woman.

My friend Elizabeth loves caring for the poor. She has a true heart for the needy and those who are less fortunate. Elizabeth is a prayer warrior and you can find her often praying for the needs of the poor and destitute.

Elizabeth loves our Haiti mission and our single moms mission. She loves caring for the homeless and she often sews financially into the ministry, even when I know she is giving more than most would be comfortable with. She not only gives financially, she gives whatever she can physically and spiritually to bless the mission. She understands the heart of Unforsken and she is a key intercession on our behalf.

Elizabeth is a precious friend of mine and a sister in the faith. She and I don’t get a lot of time lately to hang out as she’s busy homeschooling her daughters and helping her husband with their business, and of course I’m a busy hot mess always. But, when we do hang out, it’s all about Jesus and His commission of us.

I love this woman Elizabeth. She has a heart for everyone and everything with breath. She truly is all about others.

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The Lady Can Work!

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“She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:16-19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

My friend Patty designed our store with me. She came up with the ideas for our boutique area, she researched and shopped for racks and merchandising items, she programmed our cash register  and she gutted and helped rebuild the property right alongside our husbands, her Dad and me. Patty can work!

When we decided to open the resale shop for the ministry, Patty said right from the beginning, “I’m in!” I had no idea what kind of committment  that meant. As soon as we found the property we wanted to be at, Patty’s creative mind and spirit never shut down until opening day. She makes me laugh so much. She even carried me through the threshold at our Grand Opening. There is a funny video to prove it.

Patty not only works hard as President of our Board of Directors for Unforsken. She runs her own Art studio and she cleans her church as a side job. I mean, really? That’s your side job? She actually makes me feel lazy sometimes. I mean, the girl can work!

Im so grateful that Patty is my son’s mother in law. Her daughter married my son. Her work ethic has been ingrained into her daughter Brooke and I’m so thankful Brooke is a hard worker as well. She couldn’t help but learn that from her mama.

Patty is a Proverbs 31 Woman. She can demo a room in the morning and by evening hold an audience in the palm of her hands as she emcees an event or leads worship. I can honestly say, Patty is a key player in the workings of Unforsaken Women Corporation. I know I’m thankful for her daily.

I love me some Patty. I am thankful for my   sweet friend. The Lady can work!

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A Make It Possible Woman

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A Make It Possible Woman

“She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:13-15 NIV

Let me tell you about my Annie. My sister Annie is the best mom I know. I’m not exaggerating. Annie truly was built to be a wife and mother. She is gifted with the spiritual gift of hospitality, which makes sense to anyone who comes to Unforsaken Women each month and sees the spread she lays out for us month after month.

Annie loves taking care of her family. She keeps her home like a Better Homes and Gardens article. I tell people, Annie has supernatural cleaning abilities. I mean, if you have a house with four grown boys, a husband, a dog and a cat and your house still always smells like fresh baked bread, you have supernatural cleaning abilities.

Annie’s kids are everything to her. She truly puts their needs ahead of hers in every area of her life. She never misses any of their games, she makes their birthday parties feel like a carnival, and she always makes sure there are fresh, homemade baked goods for them when they come home. She is truly amazing at details.

Annie is always up before the rest of her family. After her time with the Lord and her coffee, she begins her day. A lot of the time she is baking and decorating a cake before many people are out of bed. Our family knows who to call when we need a cake that looks like the Cake Boss visited. And, of course she won’t let us pay her anything for them. She always says, “It’s my gift for him or her.”

Oh, my Annie. What would I do without my Annie? I love her more than words and she inspires me more than I can even say.

Annie is a Proverbs 31 Woman. Annie is a Make It Possible Woman. She makes it possible for all of her loved ones to fulfill thier callings to God, as she fulfills hers. Annie is one of my heroes.  I am almost positive God will have her baking and planning parties for Him in Heaven. 💜😄

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He Knows She’s Got This!

“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. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:10-12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Though I probably could use my mama as an example for most of the Proverbs 31 examples, I am choosing to use her right out of the shoot instead. As I prayed about a man who has full confidence in what his wife can and will accomplish, I couldn’t help but picture my parents.

My Dad thinks my mom hung the moon. He truly does. As they get older, he jokes a little about her when she’s having a grumpy day and he loves to pick on her about shrinking a little as she is now his perfect height even in heals. But, if you ask my Dad who his hero is, who he adores, who he thinks is amazing, he would say my mama.

This is not just now that they are older and wiser. My Dad has honored and adored my mama since they met. We love to hear the story of how he chose her. He was playing in a band with his Dad and he saw my mom at a school dance. He looked over to Grandpa and said, “see that girl. I’m going to marry her.” That was it. God said, “Yes” and so did my mom.

My parents have been married for 52 years. That’s longer than many people live. Every Christmas he addresses her tags on her presents “To, my little dove”. All of us kids grin and smile as we help him wrap the presents we also had to help him pick out for her. There is nothing more peaceful for children and may I say grown children, than to see your parents love each other.

Proverbs 31:11 says, “her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.” This could not be more true of my Dad’s feelings about his “little dove.” Growing up, my Dad truly trusted my mom’s decision making on most issues with us kids. Dad rarely got involved in decision making or discipline. He would always say, “what did your mother say?” Believe me, we tried to ask Dad. He was the softy. But Dad always respected mom’s authority. He would just say, “ask your mother.”

My mom designed every house we have ever lived in. She would draw it up, Dad would build it, and then mom would sometimes change her mind and Dad would change whatever she wanted. Dad trusted mom with the finances, the house, the kids, you name it. My mom is brilliant and my Dad knew it. He loved and still loves that about her and it shows in his actions toward her.

My mom really can do no wrong in my Dad’s eyes. When the entire family gathers on Sundays to eat dinner together, the smiles on all of the young grandchildren’s faces are just like ours hearing my Dad thank God for mom during the prayer. He always praises her and it is the most comforting thing a kid could hear, that their parents and grandparents love each other. Nothing beats that.

Do they have a perfect marriage? No way! There’s no such thing. They do have an imperfect marriage centered around a Perfect God! That’s what makes it work for 50 some years.

“Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.”

 

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