Scripture: Proverbs 31:10-31
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. 24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. 25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.(KJV)
Hymn: TLH 626:
O Happy Home
1. O happy home where Thou art loved most dearly,
Thou faithful Friend and Savior full of grace,
And where among the guests there never cometh
One who can hold such high and honored place!
O happy home where all, in heart united,
In holy faith and blessed hope are one,
Whom bitter death a little while divideth,
Yet cannot end the union here begun!
2. O happy home where two, in heart united,
In holy faith, are clinging unto Thee;
Where both, to Thee a joyful service bringing,
Hear and obey Thy voice most willingly;
Where both, to Thee in truth forever cleaving,
In joy, in grief, make Thee their only Stay
And fondly hope in Thee to be believing
Both in the good and in the evil day.
3. O happy home whose little ones are given
Early to Thee in humble faith and prayer,
To Thee, their Friend, who from the heights of heaven
Guides them and guards with more than mother’s care!
O happy home where each one serves Thee, lowly,
Whatever his appointed work may be,
Till every common task seems great and holy
When it is done, O Lord, as unto Thee!
4. O happy home where Thou art not forgotten
When joy is overflowing, full, and free!
O happy home where every wounded spirit
Is brought, O great Physician, unto Thee,
Until at last, when earthly toil is ended,
All meet Thee in the blessed home above,
From whence Thou camest, where Thou hast ascended,
Thine everlasting home of peace and love!