To Wives and Mothers

Happily married couples are a dying species. The blame for this unfortunate situation must usually be borne by both husband and wife. But God has given women greater powers than most realize to build a happy marriage. "Every wise woman builds her house; but the foolish plucks it down with her hands" (Prov. 14:1).

A wise woman builds her house by treating her husband properly. She is in subjection. She refrains from nagging. She conducts herself with godliness. Her emphasis is not on material things but on the true, inner beauty. Her meek and quiet spirit will convince her husband that she is serious about serving God and is trying to be the best wife she can be. Carefully study 1 Peter 3:1-6.

A wise woman builds her house by treating her children properly. Older women were to teach the younger women to love their children (Tit.2:4). A wise woman knows that love includes proper discipline, and that the failure to discipline will produce shame (Prov.29:15). She will use her uncanny ability in communicating with children to ground them in the word of God (2 Tim.3:15; 1:5), knowing that the seed sown in young hearts will produce a spiritual harvest in years to come.

A foolish woman tears down her house by neglecting her God-given role in pursuit of her own fulfillment. How utterly unfulfilling it will be for her in later years to discover that her life-long pursuit yielded nothing but fool's gold.