A Wife of Noble Character

Proverbs 31:10-24

10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.

19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm clothes.

22 She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.

A Wife’s Prayer

Dear God,

Please help me to win my husband’s affection every day. Show me what I can to do remind him why he fell in love with me and why he loves me more each day. Help me to be the woman of his dreams, the woman he married, the woman he wants. Grant me the confidence in myself that I know he has in me. Guide me as I strive to make him happy every day. Please grant me patience in my thoughts, words and actions when I interact with the man I love. Help me find the strength and courage You have given me when I need to be his anchor.

Thank you for his love, support and encouragement. I am blessed to have found something so genuine in what we share and believe that what we have is truly sacred.

Lord, please forgive me when I sin against Our covenant. May I speak sweetly, love earnestly, fight fairly, and forgive always.


From SpongeBob to Making Dreams

I’ve been a fan of SpongeBob for about 12 years now; yet, if anyone had ever asked me why I was so interested in the show, I would not have been able to give them an answer. Slapstick comedy is not one of my favorites. And I’ll admit I find myself rolling my eyes about as often as I find myself chuckling when I watch that yellow sea critter. Still, there’s something about this darn cartoon that keeps reeling me in. The other day while I kicked back in bed and watched an episode with my son, I figured out what the allure is for me. SpongeBob is my inner child.

This often annoyingly positive and bubbly character is bursting with a zest for life that I sometimes feel zip through my own veins. He is naive to the point that he has almost created his own indestructible little world where he and those he loves always pull through, no matter how crazy the situation. Isn’t that essentially what we all want… a place to call home where we feel safe and content, knowing our family is strong enough to handle anything?

Lately, I’ve been questioning how best to achieve our American Dream. I’m learning that the only way it’s going to happen is if we sit down and make it happen. It’s going to require developing a clear vision what we want, what really matters to us and what we would rather do without. Then we need to come up with a plan that will reach those goals. Finally, we need to make it happen and put that plan into action.

This seems simple enough, until I sat down and realized my vision is not as clear as I thought it was. I have an idea of what I would like to achieve out of life but sometimes it seems as though I have all the pieces to the puzzle but haven’t figured out how to fit them all together to make the pretty picture. Worse yet, the picture on the front of the box is so tiny that it’s really not much help.

Hence, American Dream Maker was born! This is a place where I can lay out all the pieces as I work on the next chapter of my life: being a wife, a mother, a productive American citizen. It’s a place to help that vision grow – a place to make my American Dream.