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Lillian is six months—Her candle goeth not out

Lillian is six months old! These six months have been wonderful! I am so blessed to be her mom, and grateful for every day!

I recently listened to a focus on the family podcast about the mother daughter relationship, and it finally sunk in, I have a daughter. What a joy and a blessing she is! I’m so happy my boys have a sister, and they love her to death! I have so much to look forward to with these three blessings!

This month Lilly is…

  • 15 lbs 7 oz
  • 28.5 inches
  • Learning how to sit up
  • “Sings” when she’s tired
  • Eating a little bit of baby food
  • Loving her high chair
  • Playing Patty-cake
  • Playing peek-a-boo
  • Purposefully drops things
  • Enjoying big picture books
This picture was taken close to her 6 month birthday. We we sick, so the late July sun felt good. She had just started to sit unassisted.

The virtuous woman

Who can find a virtuous woman?
for her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her,
so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil
all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax,
and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants' ships;
she bringeth her food from afar.
She riseth also while it is yet night,
and giveth meat to her household,
and a portion to her maidens.
She considereth a field, and buyeth it:
with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
She girdeth her loins with strength,
and strengtheneth her arms.
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good:
her candle goeth not out by night.
She layeth her hands to the spindle,
and her hands hold the distaff.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor;
yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household:
for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry;
her clothing is silk and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates,
when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
She maketh fine linen, and selleth it;
and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Strength and honour are her clothing;
and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom;
and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways of her household,
and eateth not the bread of idleness.

One phrase keeps coming back to me this week as I care for her through this cold that she has: “her candle goeth not out by night.”

Some have said that Proverbs 31 was a celebration of the Godly woman. Yes, it teaches young women what that looks like, but it’s also saying, “I see you.”

To the mom who keeps a candle by her in case she is needed in the middle of the night, I see you. To the mother who is always on call and available, even in the when everyone else is peacefully sleeping, we see you.

To the mother who stayed up late to finish her work, I see you. To the mother who’s child knocked on your door again because he had a bad dream or his leg is cramping, we see you.

How many times do we feed our babies, change diapers, clean up an accident or puke? How many times have we comforted a sick child, held them so they can sleep, cared for their needs? God sees every deed done in love, and He cares for you the same way.

He is there at any time day or night. Weary, tired mama, you can lean on him.

Dear Father, help us not to get weary as we care for our families. Let us learn to rest in you and rely on your strength to carry us through the hard season. Remind us that weeping may endure for a night, but that joy and refreshing will come in the morning. Help us to not complain when our children need us, but to remember that you are always there when we need comfort and council. Lord, we ask that you bless our families and those we touch with our lives in the circle of influence. Guide us and help us to be virtuous in our role as mother and wife. In your name we pray these things. Amen

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