Each partner pulls their own weight.
The partners take good care of each other.
Sometimes one partner needs help.
Sometimes one needs support.
Strength. Sympathy. Kindness. Encouragement.
A strong heart. A strong arm. Kind words
Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men. Proverbs 22:29
Balance in a partnership comes in all shapes, sizes, and quantities.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Are you a woman in the Lord who cares for a partner?
If so, is that companion a priority to you?
If not, have you considered asking someone you care about to be your buddy?
A woman’s care for others is important to that person and to the Lord.
Consider the words of King Lemuel, and the oracle that his mother taught him:
What, O my son?
And what, O son of my womb?
And what, O son of my vows?
Do not give your strength to women,
Or your ways to that which destroys kings.
It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
For they will drink and forget what is decreed,
And pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Give strong drink to him who is perishing,
And wine to him whose life is bitter.
Let him drink and forget his poverty
And remember his trouble no more.
Open your mouth for the mute,
For the rights of all the unfortunate.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
Defending others who need it. That’s a renewed idea.
What about a worthy woman?
Does she pull her weight in the partnership?
Does her partner put trust in her?
Is strength in her at all times?
Does she show kindness?
Does she take care of her household?
Does she support others?
Does she respect the Lord?
Does she smile at the future?
An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.
She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
“Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31
That’s an ample sum for a woman to live up to.
Not to worry.
Plenty of self-improvement opportunities exist every day.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
Be willing and attend to the Lord God YHWH, Jesus Christ, significant others, and yourself this week.