by Harley Howard

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The Book of Ruth (4 of 5)
Chapter 3:13-18
Dr. Harley Howard

Chapter 3 (con't)

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her

She takes delight in working with her hands. She's not lazy. She
enjoys making clothes for her family. Where are these women
today and why are they not teaching other women in the church?
We will see this truth concerning the clothing again and again in
this book.

14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

As a merchant ship brings trade from other countries, she is a good
shopper, shrewd, a wise business woman, bringing many unusual
and different things to enhance her home.

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her
household, and a portion to her maidens.

She's the first one up before day, preparing food for her entire
family as well as for her female servants and giving instructions to
her servants as well.

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands
she planteth a vineyard.

She uses wisdom as she considers buying a portion of land for the
purpose of planting a vineyard. With her own hands she plants a
vineyard. She is a hard worker.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

She is a strong woman, both physically as well as spiritually. Her
attitude towards work is right. Being at home as opposed to working
outside the home does not mean that the woman can spend her
time watching dope operas and talk shows. Her goal is to God and
her family. Her strong biceps and physical abilities do not come
from step aerobics, but from stepping up from that bed and to work
around the home! It's remarkable how some women can spend
their entire life at a gym, trying to look good and find it so hard to lift
up a frying pan and cook for the man, and the kids! She can bench
press her body weight, but can't press her husband's slacks before
he goes ...

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