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I think, as all Christians do, of the Proverbs 31 woman on Mother’s Day.  I am so appreciative of my mother!  I am so grateful to God that she is with me for another Mother’s Day after almost losing her this year!   My mother reminds me of the Proverbs 31 woman.  Her love for her family is unfailing and her wisdom, unending!  For all you do as a mother, a wife, a woman you are appreciated!  I love you, Momma!  How God has blessed me with you!!  Happy Mother’s Day to all moms!

Proverbs 31

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Words of Lemuel

31 The words of King Lemuel, an oracle[a] that his mother taught him:

2 What should I say, my son? What, son of my womb? What, son of my vows? 3 Don’t spend your energy on women or your efforts on those who destroy kings. 4 It is not for kings, Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine or for rulers to desire beer. 5 Otherwise, they[b] will drink, forget what is decreed, and pervert justice for all the oppressed.[c] 6 Give beer to one who is dying and wine to one whose life is bitter. 7 Let him drink so that he can forget his poverty and remember his trouble no more. 8 Speak up[d] for those who have no voice,[e] for the justice of all who are dispossessed.[f] 9 Speak up,[g] judge righteously, and defend the cause of[h] the oppressed and needy.

In Praise of a Capable Wife

10 Who can find a capable wife?[i] She is far more precious than jewels.[j] 11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will not lack anything good. 12 She rewards him with good, not evil, all the days of her life. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with willing hands. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from far away. 15 She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and portions[k] for her female servants. 16 She evaluates a field and buys it; she plants a vineyard with her earnings.[l] 17 She draws on her strength[m] and reveals that her arms are strong. 18 She sees that her profits are good, and her lamp never goes out at night. 19 She extends her hands to the spinning staff, and her hands hold the spindle. 20 Her hands reach[n] out to the poor, and she extends her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all in her household are doubly clothed.[o] 22 She makes her own bed coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is known at the city gates, where he sits among the elders of the land. 24 She makes and sells linen garments; she delivers belts[p] to the merchants. 25 Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come. 26 She opens her mouth with wisdom and loving instruction[q] is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.[r] 28 Her sons rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her: 29 “Many women[s] are capable, but you surpass them all!” 30 Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. 31 Give her the reward of her labor,[t] and let her works praise her at the city gates.

No One Wins in the Blame Game!

Genesis 3:1-12

3 Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “In fact, God knows that when[a] you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God,[b] knowing good and evil.” 6 Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

Sin’s Consequences

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze,[c] and they hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

10 And he said, “I heard You[d] in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.”

11 Then He asked, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 Then the man replied, “The woman You gave to be with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate.”

Recently, there was a family that came to me for prayer and counsel.  It seems the parents had not been perfect people (surprise, surprise)  and one person wanted to bring up all the imperfections of the past and wreak utter havoc in the family.  The family got together and began to talk to one another about how it had been so peaceful and everyone had gotten along just fine until all this blame began to be thrown around.  Ultimately what this one person said the others had said had not been said at all!  My advice to the family was to sit down together, along with the one who wanted to dredge everything up  and get the whole thing straightened out and certain rules had to be followed.  Each person had to take responsibility for the choices they made, they could not blame people or circumstances, and if apologies were owed they were to be made and the subject could never be brought back up again.  The forgiveness that God showed to the person and persons involved had to be followed and grace given by the family members as well.

I experienced this myself when my mother went into heart failure after her valve repair.  I became very aggravated with her doctor that performed the surgery because he failed to do another procedure that would have stopped my mother’s atrial fiberlation.  What he did was gamble with my mother’s life.  He decided not to do it because his “last 400 patients” had not gone back into it, and my mother came out of surgery WITH IT!  Due to his lack of doing what he said he was going to do and should have done, had it not been for God, my mother would have paid with her life!  One day as my mother lay in her hospital bed, brushing death once again, I began to vent!  I was FURIOUS with this doctor and began to question his thinking on something that was just plain common sense!  My father began to do the same.  My mother looked at us and said, “He didn’t do what he was supposed to do, the problem is ongoing, and we need to stop looking back and think of what we need to do from here!  It is over and we cannot go back and redo it now!”

How many times have we wasted time, become so angry, blaming people and things for things we can do absolutely nothing about?  It only harms and never helps anything.  It prolongs us from praying about it, which is the only thing we can do. God specifically tells us in James we have not because we ask not!  In other words the longer we engage in blaming and being angry the longer it will be before we see an answer because it cost us precious time in petitioning or asking God for the very thing that can turn it around!

The blame game didn’t work with Adam and Eve!  It got them kicked right out of the Garden of Eden and it won’t work today, either.  There is a saying that says the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.  Blaming never brings a solution.  If you are in a situation and there is chaos, fighting, upset, and anger and all peace is gone ask yourself if you are in a blaming mode?  Pray and listen to the Spirit of God.  He is the genius that lives big on the inside of you!   He knows exactly how to turn it around and you will feel so much better so much sooner and so will everyone else around you and STAY OUT OF THE BLAME GAME!    Don’t blame others and don’t let them blame you, either!  You will be happier, healthier, and life will be so much more content for all!

Blessings to you, dear reader!  See you soon!!

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