Proverbs 31:15-21 NASB
15She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
18 She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
(Verse 15) – I have memories of waking while it was still dark. The light would be on in the kitchen. Mom was fixing breakfast for Dad and getting things ready for the day. I also remember she would have a certain supper on a particular day of the week. Larry would sit across from me at the table waiting for me to take a drink of milk and just when I had some in my mouth, he would do something to make me spit it out from laughter.
(Verse 16)- In the dark of the morning, we would go with Mom to the local ice house to buy a block of ice to put in the water cooler before heading to the potato fields in order to pick potatoes all day long.
(Verse 17) – In California, I remember her working side by side with Dad in remodeling a house. In Grand Coulee, WA, she worked hard on making the sloped hill into a lawn. In her employment, she had an excellent work ethic, just like Dad had.
(Verse 18-19) – I assume most mothers would do what Mom did, helping us when we were sick, taking care of the laundry. I would have a freshly ironed shirt and blue jeans lying on my bed as I got ready to go to elementary school.
(Verse 20) – Larry tells me of when we lived in Lamont, hobo’s would come from the tracks and knock on the back door and ask for and receive food.
(Verse 21) – I remember her functioning well in all sorts of weather; snow, thunderstorms, tornadoes, I’m sure she would become frightened, but her concerns centered on her family.
Memories often softens reality. Reality was she wasn’t this way every day until she died. But I believe her heart wanted to be that way every day. Through her life, even when she got off course, she loved her children and they loved her. Mom was my centerboard. I have learned much from this woman with limited education. I am blessed to have had a Proverbs 31 Mother.