Proverbs 31 women
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. (Proverbs 31:11, 12, 17, 20, 25-27, 29-31 NIV)
Proverbs 31 does a great job showing how a woman can live a life that honors God and her husband. She works hard and does her best to be prepared for any situation that comes along. By working on preparing a household in advance when something does happen she will be ready. She is willing to help the poor because she has already taken care of her own family. First we have to take care of our own lives then we can help others.
I believe it is also the same with raising a family. We don't have children yet but I can imagine, the best thing you can do for your children is to have a healthy marriage. You have to invest in your spouse and in your relationship with the Lord. When you are full and satisfied you are able to pour into other people. When you have a good marriage your children will benefit. Keeping God in the center of your marriage is also so important.
Lately, Kyle and I have become so much closer because we have been praying together more often. When something comes up that we would normally stress over, we look at each other and ask God for strength and wisdom. I constantly pray for wisdom and then strength to do what I know needs to be done. Patience is something that I constantly need. I always try to be really kind and it is not easy when someone is hard to love. It is important in these situations to respond and not react. Being a Proverbs 31 woman is something you have to work on every day.