I am *spilling joy* over my sweet Grandmother this weekend ~
I am speaking at her funeral -- giving a celebratory praise to God for the unique, divinely creative, and adventurous woman that she was for 93 years. I am so thrilled to have the honor.
I have a few verses in mind, but Proverbs 31 is on my lips~
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 her self with strength
and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night...
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...
(She always wore purple, too!)
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.
Blessed to be hers,
and so blessed to be His...
(my favorite "spilling joy" inspiration is from Jennifer ~ here)
yes and amen,jj