From Start to Finish – Proverbs 31:22

“She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.”

Sometimes the woman in Proverbs 31 makes me want to hide under the covers in shame. As I’ve said before, I don’t weave cloth, as I prefer to buy my kids’ clothes at Target. I don’t plant vineyards, as I have never been able to grow anything from dirt. And I don’t get up while it’s still dark if I don’t have to.

But when I get to verse 22, I want to shout a holy hallelujah. I’m a quilter. Every bed in my home is covered with a quilt that I have made – with the exception of my 6-year-old son’s bed, which has a comforter of Obi-Wan Kenobi blazing his light saber.

Of course, the point being made in this chapter is not about the specific tasks per se. Making the coverings for our beds is not what is important. Rather, the wife of noble character works hard to provide for her whole household, and she does this with integrity and grace. We may not weave our own cloth or quilt bedspreads, but we perform other tasks that provide for our families just the same.

What is more notable is the way the virtuous woman finishes what she starts.

She selects wool in verse 13.
She weaves cloth in verse 19.
She makes bedspreads in verse 22.

From the thread … to the cloth … to the bed covering, the wife of noble character finishes what she starts.

We don’t need to be sewers, but we do need to be finishers.

As a creative person, I love it whenever a burst of inspiration motivates me with a new idea. But when that inspiration begins to wane, it’s easy to move on to the next fun idea without finishing what I started. At the moment, I can think of a half dozen projects awaiting completion.

What about you? Are you a strong finisher? Are there things that you allow which prevent you from finishing what you started? What things can you do about that today?

13 thoughts on “From Start to Finish – Proverbs 31:22

  1. What a great application and creative twist! “She is a finisher.” There is definitely something in this passage for everybody. And, no, I am not a particularly good finisher. If I am writing something now, I pretty much have to make sure it is the way I want it, since I have so little time to go back later and fix it up. I need to schedule “finishing time” to go back and rework some things. Great post.

  2. Oh wow! Fantastic…I love that – we need to be finishers. I am guilty of being inpsired…..inspiration wanes and then go onto the nest project. Great post Denise. I'm off to finish some half-finished projects! xo

  3. I love those quilts! Your girls are so fortunate to have you for their mom. While I cannot sew, I truly hope that I am a finisher. Good analogy. Glad to be home – Love, Mom

  4. Gorgeous quilts! I love that flip flop one! And good point, about being a finisher. I've started writing a dozen books… and only finished one so far (and it still needs a lot of revising). I've got a second one that's 80 percent done, but I gave up on it to start a third, which is now 80 percent done… trying to push past that 80 number!

    But most important of all is finishing the race that God has put us in. Keeping up the faith.

  5. Gorgeous quilts! I love that flip flop one! And good point, about being a finisher. I've started writing a dozen books… and only finished one so far (and it still needs a lot of revising). I've got a second one that's 80 percent done, but I gave up on it to start a third, which is now 80 percent done… trying to push past that 80 number!

    But most important of all is finishing the race that God has put us in. Keeping up the faith.

  6. Hi D.J. …….What beautiful work you do ….I have done a few quilts as well but not in a very long time …… Now that the children have left the nest I do usually finish what I start ……I have a certified kitchen where i bake batches and batches of homemade granola's and baked goods that do not contain white sugars…….I finally took a leap of faith and started to sell them to tea shoppes , cafe's and boutiques …..While raising the kids I would give it to them as snack food because it was a lot healthier than most store bought granolas…….The LORD provided the opportunity to go ahead with the idea of marketing them after my son and daughter grew up and went out on their own …..It is funny that you ask if we are finishers …….When i would pray on the situation at hand the LORD revealed to me in my heart that if I were to begin this new adventure I would always have to finish what I started …….Not a day goes by where I am not indebted to my SAVIOUR for the blessings HE has bestowed upon us especially with my business ventures …….Do you sell your goods that you create ? …….They are pretty enough to do so …….Prayerfully you and yours will have a great weekend and if I may say your site is very soothing and relaxing to visit .

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