Sunday, January 12, 2014

Becoming a Belle Lesson 1

Right now as Julia is wrestling with her Daddy,
I think that my new blog series, 
"Becoming a Belle"
is completely appropriate!
(First of all, Julia, belles. do. not. wrestle.
Their impeccable manners prevent that  :-)

So... this series will capture a few of the things that I want my Baby Belle to learn.
Some of them are quite common, but difficult to master - like making biscuits - some
of these concepts are disappearing from our landscape faster than our southern accents.

While books have been written on the matter of belle being, nothing beats example.
Fortunately for you, Julia, you know 
the authorities.
Nanny, Aunt Martha, Aunt Mary and Aunt Helen have got this down pat.
Their examples are better than any primer!

So getting right down to business...
First of all, Belles are certain of their inheritance:
Isaiah 41:1 KJV
Fear not: forI have redeemed thee, I have called thee by name; thou art mine.

Then, Belles know what to do with this inheritance:
Proverbs 31
 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. we've got lots to talk about, but first I've got to look for my distaff.

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