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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Day 159: Wife Wisdom

Today's Reading: Proverbs 19-21

A foolish son is his father's ruin,
and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.

Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,
but a prudent wife is from the LORD.

I have a gripe with Hollywood.

Rarely do I see a good portrayal of a wife; in fact, I can't think of one.

From Sex in the City to The Bachelor we see women as whinny sex fiends who manipulate and cat fight with one another.

I personally could not have lived with the laziness and sarcasm of Roseanne. And most NCIS and other action shows have smart women who are stupid when it comes to relationships.

Can anyone think of a show, movie or other form of media which demonstrates what a good woman/wife should be like? Though some might think this kind of media would be boring, I think it would blow the socks off American culture.

Here's what I think a good wife would be like...and I thank my great women friends for this portrait.

A good wife would first know herself--her strengths and weaknesses--and she would accept them. She would turn to her friends to help her with the areas of struggle and would lift up others as she exercised her strengths.

A good wife would have good boundaries. She would know when to say "yes" and when to say "no." She would live a balanced life of work, play, rest and worship.

A good wife would know how to cook a good meal and know how to throw an entertaining party with good conversation and play.

A good wife would love her husband, encourage him and tell him the truth. She would also love her children and grandchildren, encouraging them to discover who they are and delighting in their individuality.

A good wife would discover her passion and work to right wrongs. She would be generous with her time.

A good wife would keep the house clean and neat enough that all would feel healthy and restful, but would not nitpick or drive everyone bonkers.

A good wife would be a life long learner, a good conversationalist, an affectionate lover and a wise counselor.

A good wife would know her husband and love him faithfully, never disclosing his secrets or mocking him. She would pray for him and work alongside him.

A good wife would be spunky, mysterious and fun.

There's a start for my ideal.

Do you think Hollywood would buy it?

Can you add to the list?

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