“Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” Proverbs 14:1

When my husband and I were married, we had nothing.  We left New Brunswick with a carload full of wedding gifts, a bit of money that family and friends had given us and a whole lot of love.  He had a job that did not pay a lot, and I started looking for a job in a city where I did not know anyone.  We rented a house in the country and borrowed some furniture from his family.  On Saturday, we went to Auction sales and little by little picked up what we needed to furnish our home.  We were happy to be together and enjoyed everything that the Lord provided for us.

A few years later his Dad gave us a piece of land and we began to build our home.  We didn’t have a lot of money but just did a bit at a time as we could afford.  When we moved in it was not finished, didn’t have doors on the bedrooms, no bathroom, no furnace, but it was our home.  As the years went by, we were able to finish it and it was fun decorating it just the way we wanted.

It was our home.

The most important thing was that we both loved the Lord and wanted to please Him.  We paid our tithes, and gave whatever we could to the church, and God blessed us for it.  We never felt that we were deprived of anything, just were thankful for all that we did have.  Our children grew up knowing that they were loved, and that God loved them.  I don’t remember us ever missing a meal, sometimes we had to be creative, but we never went hungry.

What does it mean to be a wise woman building a home?  As a woman loves the Lord, we have a responsibility to build our home on a firm foundation.  We must work in harmony with our husbands.  It is important that we have a strong relationship with Jesus, are faithful in studying His Word and spending time with Him in prayer.  I believe it is important that we are faithful in church attendance.  It is not enough to send our children to Sunday School; we must set an example for them.  When we let Jesus be the centre, our house becomes a home.

As an older lady, who has enjoyed life, my counsel today to young ladies just starting out in marriage, decide from the beginning that you are going to give God first place in your home. It doesn’t matter if you have the nicest furniture, the most up-to-date décor, and the finest china.  You can have all those things in a house, and yet it will not be a home. You will be the one to set the tone, if you content yourself with what you have, your family will be content.

Want to be considered a wise woman?  Build your home on the principles laid down in God’s Word and you will not go wrong.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the firm foundation you have given us in your Word, on which we can build our home.

Devotion by Anne Johnston


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