Monday, November 08, 2010

"..the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.."

"When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life. She obtains wool and flax and makes cloth with skillful hands. Like merchant ships, she secures her provisions from afar. She rises while it is still night, and distributes food to her household. She picks out a field to purchase; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She is girt about with strength, and sturdy are her arms. She enjoys the success of her dealings; at night her lamp is undimmed. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her fingers ply the spindle. She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy. She fears not the snow for her household; all her charges are doubly clothed. She makes her own coverlets; fine linen and purple are her clothing. Her husband is prominent at the city gates as he sits with the elders of the land. She makes garments and sells them, and stocks the merchants with belts. She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs at the days to come. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and on her tongue is kindly counsel. She watches the conduct of her household, and eats not her food in idleness. Her children rise up and praise her; her husband, too, extols her: "Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all." Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her a reward of her labors, and let her works praise her at the city gates." (Proverbs 31: 10-31).

I am privileged to have some wonderful friends on Facebook.  Louri Boilard is one such friend.  A remarkable woman in every sense of the word.  I cannot help but think of her as I ponder on the Scripture above.  She is beautiful in more ways than one.  And a blessing not only to her family but to all she comes in contact with.  Louri is collecting clothing items for the poor and homeless who find comfort and solace at the New Horizons Shelter in Manchester, New Hampshire.
It was Saint Francis who said, "Preach always, use words if necessary."  Louri preaches through her good works.  Won't you join her in her efforts?  Visit Louri at her website which may be found here.


Betty said...

She is a real blessing for sure! I pray that many people will respond even though times are tough.

Nancy Goguen said...

The New Horizons Shelter website may be found here:

I encourage all who can to donate clothing items and to assist this very important resource in Manchester.

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