A Woman’s Toughest Job – Proverbs 14

Building and maintaining healthy family relationships might be the hardest job I’ve ever had, but I’ll never regret taking it on.

“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down” (Proverbs 14:1 NIV).

When I approached the scene of an accident near Junction City several years ago, I heard an elderly woman moaning in the front seat of a seriously damaged car. Her head was bleeding, apparently from hitting the windshield. Though I wasn’t sure she could hear me, I tried to bring her comfort by telling her help was on the way. She rolled her graying head to the side and called out “Mama.”

In her personal disaster it was that comforting relationship she longed for.

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Another proverb from this chapter tells me that working hard on anything has value, including my relationships.

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (verse 23).

Building strong relationships isn’t just a lot of talk, and love is more than just words. As a mom I work so that the souls of my children can trust there will always be a safe place for them, even after I’m gone.

“He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge” (verse 26).

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Oregon’s fertile Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for the Warner Press quarterly, Pathways—Moments with God, since 2016 and posts free devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

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