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Fruitful Vine

June 17, 2011

In the early part of this year, Sandra did a great series called “Rock Your Marriage” with some excellent thoughts to ponder! This is a challenging post that has stuck with me and I often think about it… what does it mean to be a “fruitful vine” in our homes? This post was originally published at Sandra’s blog on Feburary 2, 2011.

Psalm 128:3, “Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house…”
I love the imagery of this verse. But what does it mean, and what does it have to do with building our marriages on the rock of God’s Word? Scholars believe it means that the wife is fruitful by having children. That leads into the next verse, which talks about children being like olive shoots. But because
women can be wives and not be mothers, I believe we can apply this verse more broadly. 
How can a wife be fruitful, and how can she do it best within her house?
J.R. Miller wrote in his book Home-Making, “…it should be understood that for every wife the first duty is the making and keeping of her own home. Her first and best work should be done there….” (67-68). He wrote those words in 1882, but they are still true today. God gives us many responsibilities and ministries, but our primary calling is to our own homes, our families.We need to see that their needs are met before we meet the needs of others.

Being a fruitful vine within our homes means we give our best to our families. The best of our energy, creativity, and love. Some days this is easier to do than other days. It’s even easier in some seasons of life than in other seasons. We can all evaluate ourselves in light of this verse and find an area of potential improvement.

Rock your marriage today–pray about ways you can be fruitful in your house. Give your home and family more attention than you give anything else. Ask God to bless your obedience to this verse!
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