by Keith Krell

An Excellent Woman from A to Z
Keith Krell
Proverbs 31:10-31

A man accompanied his friend home for dinner and was impressed by the way he entered his house, asked his wife how her day went, and told her she looked pretty. Then, after they embraced, she served dinner. After they ate, the husband complimented his wife on the meal and thanked her for it. When the two fellows were alone, the visitor asked, "Why do you treat your wife so well?" "Because she deserves it, and it makes our marriage happier," replied the host. Impressed, the visitor decided to adopt the idea. Arriving home, he embraced his wife and said, "You look wonderful!" For good measure he added, "Sweetheart, I'm the luckiest guy in the world." His wife burst into tears. Bewildered, he asked her, "What in the world's the matter?" She wept, "What a day! Billy fought at school. The refrigerator quit and spoiled the groceries. And now you've come home drunk!"

I suppose the reason we laugh so hard at this story is because there is so much truth in it. Now I am not suggesting that many of you men come home drunk, but I am implying that in many of our homes encouragement is a rarity. Husbands, are you guilty of taking your wife for granted? Do you expect your wife to cook, clean, and care for you and your children? Do you expect her to always love and forgive you? Do your expectations result in a lack of encouragement? Young people, are you guilty of taking your mom for granted? Do you expect her to always understand you and be patient with you? Do you expect her to listen to you and support you in all of your interests? Do you expect her to serve as your counselor and personal taxi? Do your expectations result in a lack of encouragement?

Today, we will be studying Proverbs 31-the classic passage describing the ideal woman, who is a cross between Betty Crocker, Martha Stewart, and Mother Theresa. But, ladies, please don't feel overwhelmed and depressed. I am not going to ask you to compare yours ...

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