The immeasurable value of a wife

This morning I heard about a woman who wrote an article entitled, “I Look Down on Young Women with Husbands and Kids and I’m Not Sorry.” This drew my attention because it is a direct attack on my wife, Peggy. From a strictly financial/market perspective I will say this: The kind of care and home management my wife provides our family is simply unavailable on the market. I could not find the services she provides anywhere. And, if I could find them, I certainly could not afford them. There is simply no substitute for the love and care of a stay-at-home mom. None.

So, when I heard about this little gem of an article, I thought I might respond. Turns out others already have. I’ll simply refer you to a response by Matt Walsh entitled, “Stay-at-home moms: You don’t owe the world an explanation.

And, if his response is not enough, I submit to you the Word of God certainly is…

An excellent wife who can find?

She is far more precious than jewels.

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.

She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.

She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.

She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar.

She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.

She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.

She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.

She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.

Her lamp does not go out at night.

She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.

She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet.

She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant.

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

“Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates. — Proverbs 31:10-31

Never forget, stay-at-home moms, what the world regards as wisdom is foolishness before God. You are likely assaulted daily with messages prompting you to get a “real job.” It is foolishness. You have entered into one of the most noble and most valuable of all professions.

God’s Word trumps it all.

About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

One Response to The immeasurable value of a wife

  1. Mary Johnson says:

    AMEN! You have jewel of a wife for sure! She fulfills all of Proverbs woman. You both are the best example of God’s perfect will for a family! No apologies necessary, ever.

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