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The Sewing Servant

Are there any seamstresses out there? Apparently, God calls a woman following Him to sew. Who knew! Let’s look a little closer:

Proverbs 31:19:

In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

She holds the distaff and grasps the spindle.
This verse is pretty plain in what it is saying. She spins thread and makes clothing. I looked in some commentaries looking for any other information and it didn’t expound too much on what is written hear. I’ve heard before that the best way to read the bible is to understand that most of the time, it means what it says. If we read this verse like that, a godly woman sews.

It is my understanding that this kind of work use to be much more common of woman that it is today. It was an expectation that a woman would know how to do these things. Woman, now, have the freedom to do lots and lots of things. Few professions are unavailable to woman, if they choose to pursue them.

I think that it can be tempting to fall into the “I can do anything” mentality. According to our culture, yes, you probably could. However, God HAS gifted woman and men differently. He has blessed us with and equipped us for different roles for His glory. This is good and right! It is not just okay, but good, to do the things considered “feminine”.

We are each to do the work that God has called us to. He calls that work valuable.

One thing that I did find interesting in the commentaries for this verse was the idea that “she provoked her servants to work by her own example”. She is a servant leader. In my experience, this kind of leader is so much more effective than other kinds.

Sew. Serve. Be who God made us to be. Post 10 done! See you next time.

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