A journey has begun of walking through Proverbs 31 and creating projects that bring its truths and values into our homes, hearts and lives.
Last time we looked at Proverbs 31:10 and in this issue, we move on to the next two verses.
Proverbs 31:11-12, “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” (NIV)
What thoughts do these words conjure up in your mind? I see that a virtuous woman is trustworthy, edifying, one who builds up and brings good to her husband. What better way to take these words to heart than to put them in action and practice them!
This project creates a garland of praise – ultimately to God for your husband. We’ll think through the nine parts of the Fruit of the Spirit and how our husbands bring those qualities into our lives and homes. This may be easier for some and more difficult for others – but I notice these verses to not say he (the husband) is the one filled with virtue – she (the virtuous wife) is. It is our responsibility as women of God to bring good to our husbands. And, it may be that this exercise is a sacrifice of praise to God. Listen to what He lays on your heart.
I also realize that some who read this may not be married. Would you consider crating this for your Dad if he set a good example of marriage for you? Or, perhaps you could create this as a way of praying for a future spouse. If you seek God with a pure heart asking Him how you can apply this – I believe He will guide you in His will.
Let’s get creative!
Cardstock or sturdy weight paper in color(s) of your choice
Black fine-tip marker or pen
Nine two-inch clothespins
Ten teabags and four cups of water
An encouraging heart!
* Place ten teabags (I used English Breakfast) in four cups water. Bring to a boil. Let boil five minutes. Remove from heat and remove tea bags. Place clothespins in tea and let steep for one hour. Drain tea and place clothespins on a wire cooling rack. Let dry overnight.
* Cut nine hearts from heavyweight paper using pattern.
* Write one part of the Fruit of the Spirit on the top of each heart. Galatians 5:22-23a, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
* Make a border on each heart using a dot dash pattern.
* Write a sentence or two expressing how your husband models this trait. Example: for “Joy” I wrote, “Thank you for being positive and cheerful. I appreciate that you do not complain!”
* Tie ribbon across a window, mirror, headboard or other place your husband will see this often!
* Clip hearts on to ribbon spacing across the length of the garland.
* Share these blessings with your husband and be thankful for him!
As usual, if you try this project, please send me a link to your photo! Also, I'd love to hear feedback on the instructions if there is a need for clarification! Thanks!