Women of a New Season “Lady, hit the silk!,”

Proverbs 31: 22: She makes herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

It was an early, frosty morning when I wrote this column.  I had a verse in Proverbs 31 in mind to write on, about how the Proverbs 31 woman was clothed in strength.  I had my husbands first bible on the dining room table, it was handy so I opened it to Proverbs 31 to get my verse and I found his handwritten notes on verse 22 from a sermon he had preached, probably over 30 years ago.  It concerned the verse above.

Naturally I didn’t remember the sermon, although parts of it were vaguely familiar. He had written in his notes about silk being a very strong fabric, almost as strong as iron wire, which is 90,000 lbs. per square inch, and silk is 64,000 lbs. per square inch. Yet it is so beautiful. Until 1942 it was the major fabrics used for parachutes.  The men used the term, “hit the silk” when ready to jump from an airplane.

Then his notes went on to say: Ladies put on your beautiful silk garments.  It’s your covering and protection.  Don’t be a target for the enemy.  When you get dangerously high and haughty, remember to tell yourself, “Lady, hit the silk.”

I wanted to write today about us being strong as women, and this played right into my theme.  We are as strong as our covering, and Jesus Christ is our silk, our covering.  He is our strength.  We need to always remember that.  Without Him we can do nothing.

Recently at my granddaughter’s wedding, I sat across the table at brunch with a young couple and we spent time chatting about all sorts of things.  He was a pilot with my granddaughter Andrea’s new husband, Jose’.  His wife was a Navy pilot. That’s a great example of a strong woman, but let me tell you, the young mom with her baby at her breast is a strong woman.  The female doctor, and I go to a couple, the teacher, the worship leader at church, my daughters, granddaughters, sister and nieces.  All strong women, but everyone of us must be aware, that we too are susceptible to the tricks of the enemy.  We must never wear our strength like a badge.  We must temper it.  Silk is strong, but it is also beautiful. You can be strong and tender at the same time.

Proverbs 31: 25: Strength and honor are her clothing, and she shall rejoice in time to come.

That last verse is the one I was going to write about, but I actually ended up doing it anyway.  We can be strong, but we need to have honor.  We can be strong and protect those we love, but we can also be tender and nurture them.

To find these notes written in my husband’s hand was a blessing to me, but it also confirmed that God wanted me to tell you to stand strong, love softly and trust God.  If you feel your temper rising, or think those catty female feelings are about to rise up, just say to yourself, “Lady, hit the silk.”  Until next time!


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