“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.” Proverbs 31: 10,11
Of course these verses are not simply about gaining wealth, but I do believe that having a great wife is indeed a formula for great finances. How does this work? Because I believe that my wife Janice epitomizes the Proverbs 31 woman, I will share from my own experience.
- She is more precious than jewels. What makes jewels precious? Their purity. Janice’s motives are absolutely pure: to honor God and make our household one that honors him. She has lived a life of integrity as she has willingly put her family ahead of any personal ambitions she might have had. She regularly prays for me and for our children and will not tolerate any behavior or influence that would draw any of us from Him.
- The heart of her husband trusts in her. Of course a great marriage is based on trust, and Janice has consistently earned that trust over the years. In fact, as I pen this post, I confess that it has never occurred to me not to trust her.
- He will have no lack of gain. Does this mean that we are floating in money? Of course not. But I can say that as Janice has clipped grocery coupons, bought nearly all of our household furnishings at yard sales, been content to drive an old car and prepared homemade meals instead of eating out, that we have a paid for house (the same one we bought 35 years ago) and no debt. Although she has done without many times, she has never complained once.
Integrity, trustworthiness, and willingness to sacrifice are qualities that my wife brings into our marriage and the qualities that she inspires me to emulate. She is the heart of our family and I shudder to think what a mess I would be without her influence. She is indeed an excellent wife.
Let me close by gloating a bit over this recent Facebook post from our youngest son. “Jonathan Plemon would like to thank my parents for being two of the greatest people i’ve ever known. I consider myself very fortunate to have been raised by such wonderful people.”
I have no lack of gain.