The Strong Wife, Day 13
I think we can tell by now that the Proverbs-31 wife is not a weak woman.
- She bases her strength on Jesus Christ, focusing on furthering His kingdom.
- She is a good wife because God is good.
- She is precious and beyond compare, because she is valued by God.
- She is trustworthy in her words and actions.
- She enriches her husband’s life with her presence and beauty.
- She is filled with and exhibits fruits of the Spirit.
- She isn’t lazy, but takes action to care for her husband and home.
- She eagerly works to uplift her husband emotionally, sustain her husband relationally, stimulate her husband intellectually, encourage her husband spiritually, and please her husband sexually.
- She diligently manages her time and money to bring the best into her home for her family.
- She cheerfully works throughout the day, starting off her day with the Son.
- She carefully considers her decisions before making them, is involved in family finances and budgeting, and she makes wise commitments.
- She works hard, regardless of the task, bringing glory to God and honor to her husband.
Proverbs 31:17 says, “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.”
I also think this means she is a physically strong woman. She takes care of her body. We already know that she brings the best nutritious foods into her home (day 9).
The strong wife pays attention to what she puts in her body and has a healthy body image.
- Start with drinking water. Water helps all your organs to function properly, including your sexual organs. 8 glasses a day help you stay hydrated, energized, and well, I’ll just say it… lubricated, if you know what I mean.
- A well-balanced diet, rich in nutrients, will help you feel better about yourself, improving your body image, ridding excess weight, and increasing your stamina.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables will help increase saliva, dislodge food particles, and reduce plaque – giving you fresher, more kissable breath.
- Protein fuels your body to keep you energized throughout the day (and is game fuel for an evening between the sheets). Lowfat and nonfat dairy products and meats, omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats found in avocodos, nuts, and olive oil are healthier options than full-fat dairy, saturated fats in meats, and trans-fat found in margarine and processed foods. These healthier foods help keep the blood pumping properly throughout your body, increasing blood flow during sexual arousal and stimulation.
The strong wife gets adequate rest glorifies God and honors her husband.
I believe she also made sure she got adequate rest so she would wake up energized and refreshed in the morning.
Sleep and rest are important to God.
- Psalm 3:5 says, “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.“
- Psalm 4:5-7 says, “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
- Proverbs 3:24 says, “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
Even Jesus slept and took naps.The wife who sleeps well is less irritable, able to concentrate better, helps prevent sickness and injury, benefits her emotions, and replenishes her body.
- Take a weekend afternoon nap with your husband. Don’t forget post-nap snuggling. ;o)
- Get into a good sleep routine. Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time in the morning.
- Let go of commitments and activities that cut into your sleeping schedule.
- Save the bedroom for sleeping and sex only so that you train your brain to equate bed with sleep… and romps in the sheets.
The strong wife exercises her muscles.
Her arms are strong, verse 17 says. She has the energy and strength to complete her daily tasks – cooking, cleaning, gardening, caring for children and husband, etc. Does this mean you have to workout on a treadmill or lift weights every day? Does this mean you have to go the gym daily? Absolutely not. The Proverbs-31 wife didn’t have any of these options available to her. Remember she invests her money well. You don’t have to pay for a fancy gym membership to exercise your muscles. If you have the resources to do so, by all means, don’t hold back. Gyms are great for accountability, and often there is equipment available you don’t have at home. However, you can do a simple workout at home and work exercise into your daily routine with minimal disruption.
- Park farther out in the parking lot and walk into the store.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
- Check out fitness DVDs from your local library.
- Turn on the radio and cook dinner with your husband while dancing in the kitchen between steps.
- On cold, wet days, walk the aisles at your local shopping center, indoor mall, or department store.
- Take a family bike ride or go on a long walk on the weekends with your husband.
- Have more sex!
The strong wife actively works her intellectual muscles to eat healthier, replenishing her muscles with adequate rest, and works her physical muscles through regular exercise. The strong wife worships God and is a blessing to her husband by and through what she puts into her body and how she takes care of her body.
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How do you take care of your body? How does staying healthy help your marriage?
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