She makes tapestry for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Proverbs 31:22 NKJV
Even with all she does for others she manages to entreat herself with fine clothing. By dressing nicely she not only cares for herself but also her husband. As a married woman she knows she is an extension of her husband, so how she looks reflects on him. Looking great also affects the husband is positive loving ways. Are you someone your husband can be proud of and want to show off? When we dress nicely and care for our bodies we give a gift of love to our husbands.
Focus on our self is not necessarily wrong when tempered with serving others. We need a healthy balance between self and others. If we focus too much on self, we loose the godly balance. A little shopping for nice things is okay, but when one shopping spree towards into two or three or more, you might want pull back the reins! Excess in one area can cause problems in other area. Spending too much time and money on self not only makes one selfish, but causes financial and relational problems in your marriage.
In looking at Proverbs 31 woman we read eleven other verses about her caring for others before this one was mentioned. That should give us some indication of the proper priority we should place on our self. Only after others are served due we then tend to our needs.
Lord, help us to recognize the gift we can give our husbands. Enable us to love him as he would want to be loved. Equip us with sense of responsibility so we will be good stewards of all you have given us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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