"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


WFW: To Be Praised

Welcome to my contribution to Word-Filled Wednesday, hosted this week by Lori at All You Have To Give. Be sure to check out her blog, and the links below it, for more visual inspiration from Scripture. (Glad to be back after a couple weeks off!)

I've been thinking a lot about my "motherly" and "wifely" duties lately - as the homemaker, chauffer (LOL if you only knew how much), maid, cook, homework police, cleaner, lover, etc. At times it feels overwhelming. I REALLY want to be the Proverbs 31 woman. When I read through the passage, I get overwhelmed just about every time. I'm just SO thrilled it ends the way it does!

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Thanks for stopping by! be sure to stop by Lori's blog for more visual inspiration from scripture.


  1. I love the image you paired with this verse. A great reminder for all of us. I too am glad it ends the way that it does :)

    Happy WFW!

  2. I gotta say, the Proverbs 31 woman makes me feel extremely lacking, but it's certainly something to strive for.

  3. Love your picture. Great job, great verse for today. mwa

  4. This was great Joan!

    A god-fearing woman, oh yes!!

    Have a blessed day today♥

  5. what a powerful message! God bless you always.

  6. that is just beautiful -- a great reminder and encouragement to me!! :)

  7. Love this scripture image. Truly was blessed by this today.

  8. You are NOT alone my friend...Proverbs 31 inspires and leaves me overwhelmed at times too! I love that it ends this way as well...

    We are sooo glad you are back! We've missed your wisdom!


  9. A great inspiration for the day...Happy WFW!

  10. Amen how to we need to be women who fear the Lord.. Inspiring post..

  11. Amen...encouraging me to do better...

    Blessings, andrea

    PS: urgent prayer request on arise 2 write.

  12. THank you that was beautiful!

  13. We shy away from that "God-fearing" part but that reverence that demands a response in holy living is critical for men and women alike.

    Good one, Joanne.

  14. A wonderful verse and pretty picture, Dear ~

  15. great post! and encouraging!
    thanks Joanne!

  16. oh i want to be that woman. =D

    God bless you.

  17. it's a nice verse! I hope all women applies it.

    happy wfw!


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