Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Proverbial Closet

Almost every morning I wake up and say, ‘This is the day that the LORD has made, I will rejoice and be glad it in.' It’s not because I’m so pious or naturally joyful!! In fact I have a tendency to see the glass half empty and lean towards the critical if I’m not careful. So, I need to make that daily commitment of choosing my attitude...and even then my halo sometimes slips during the day.

A few days ago, I added a new wake up phrase.

In all the times that I’ve read Proverbs 31 I’ve not taken any particular note of verse 25 but as I read it this past week, it stuck with me. In my New American Standard Bible it reads:
Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future.

I love that! Yes! So every morning when I go to the proverbial (pun intended) closet, I know exactly what I'm going to wear...

Clothed with strength
, i.e., power over changes of earthly circumstances, which can easily shatter and bring to ruin if ones foundation isn’t solid.

Clothed with dignity, i.e., being worthy of honor or respect; having self respect.

This garment of powerful strength and true dignity allows me to look confidently into the future, and arms me against all sorrow and care.

Just for today, I can find the strength that I need for whatever I will face, and I can carry myself with dignity in the midst of it. Clothed with strength and dignity I can face the future with a smile…

Now, how many days does it take again to build a habit??



  1. Great post Hellen! These are good reminders.
    And as a friend of mine says, she wants to remember to have 'joy in the moment'.
    Thank you for visiting mgcc.

  2. Hi Betty, I visit the mgcc blog quite regularly. Thanks for stopping in on mine.

  3. Hellen, thank you for the wonderful reminder!!

    Clothed with dignity~I've never really given that verse much thought....I think I need to meditate on that some more~thanks you.

    I was reminded not to long ago that I need to ask for new strength every day, not hoping that yesterdays strength will carry over into today~Praise the Lord that He gives us new strength for each day!!

  4. HI Connie, Thanks so much for your comment (and for your email).

    I guess my thinking is that if He says that I'm clothed with Strength and Dignity, as a woman of God, then I don't need to keep asking for it. It is mine...I just need to remember daily to walk in it...thus my new morning reminder to myself.

    Pretty cool I think.