This post is dedicated to a very special woman. She is the sweetest, loving, and most encouraging woman I know – my mother-in-law, Sandra. Many of you know her, but for those that don’t, here’s a glimpse of a remarkable woman.
The first time I met Sandra was a year before her oldest son and I married. She wanted to know everything about me and my life. That’s understandable … she wanted to know if I would be good to her son and his children. She was doing what every loving mother would do, being protective.
Once I passed the test, she loved me and mine unconditionally. We were part of the family and family was everything. She came to my aid in emergencies and cared for me when I had surgery. Her love is powerful.
After my own mother passed away (another amazing woman), Sandra became my surrogate mother. She offered a soft shoulder to cry on and constantly offered support and encouragement. She’s the epitome of the loving and nurturing mother.
She’s a hard worker, rising early through late nights. She takes pride in her home as she offers food and a peaceful environment to family and friends.
Her faith has sustained her throughout her life. She exhibits kindness and benevolence to everyone, constantly caring for the less fortunate. She has taught me by her actions what it means to make your talk match your walk.
Throughout her life, Sandra has persevered through adversity. After personal loss, through crop failures, illness and death, she exhibits a strength that is truly remarkable. Every day is a new day as she rises, brushes off the dust of yesterday, and steps forward with head held high into a brighter tomorrow.
I am honored to be loved and be a part of Sandra’s life. She is truly one of a kind and a perfect example of the Proverbs 31 woman.
The Honorable Woman (Proverbs 31: 10-31)
Who can find a capable wife?
Her value far exceeds the finest jewels.
Her husband has full confidence in her;
as a result, he lacks nothing of value.
She will bring good to him—never evil—
every day of her life.
She seeks out wool and flax,
working with eager hands.
She is like a seagoing ship
that brings her food from far away.
She rises while it is still night,
preparing meals for her family
and providing for her women servants.
She evaluates a field and purchases it;
from the proceeds she plants a vineyard.
She clothes herself with fortitude,
and fortifies her arms with strength.
She is confident that her profits are sufficient.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
She works with her own hands on her clothes—
her hands work the sewing spindle.
She reaches out to the poor,
opening her hands to those in need.
She is unafraid of winter’s effect on her household,
because all of them are warmly clothed.
She creates her own bedding,
using fine linen and violet cloth.
Her husband is well known;
he sits among the leaders of the land.
She designs and sells linen garments,
supplying accessories to clothiers.
Strength and dignity are her garments;
she smiles about the future.
She speaks wisely,
teaching with gracious love.
She looks discretely to the affairs of her household,
and she is never lazy.
Her children stand up and encourage her,
as does her husband, who praises her:
“Many women have done wonderful things,” he says,
“but you surpass all of them!”
Charm is deceitful and beauty fades;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.
Reward her for her work—
let her actions result in public praise.