08 March 2011

International Women's Day

8 March. Today we celebrate the International Women's Day. If not for the internet, there would be no spirit of celebration here. I was telling my husband that it is my day today. We were going to the cafeteria for breakfast this morning when I said that. And he jokingly answered me, 'So what do I do? Do I kiss you now here?' Ha ha ha! 

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To all the women, Proverbs 31:11-31 is a tribute to all the labour and pains endured to enable us to be where we are today. There's more labour to be done ... as many more are not experiencing the respect, dignity, recognition, care and love they deserve. Oppression and pressing down of course come from all sides.

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


Reymos said...

Few hours ago, I attended a monthly bookclub meet-up at the restaurant/bar. While our group was swapping books, most of the guests inside were celebrating this event - with live program (singing)! It is timely that Im also giving away free 2 paperback copies of Tall Story written by a Filipina, Candy Gourlay.

More women power!

Carnation said...

wow that's great! i was a member of a book club before in the phils, but mainly just for getting discounts on books to rent. :) nobody gave away free books! that's an interesting title, will look it up! thanks.