When I read in Proverbs of Solomon’s insight as to a Virtuous Woman, I didn’t immediately see this aspect of her talents. Proverbs 31:16 says “she considereth a field & she buyeth it.
My friend Susie immediately came to mind. She is a talented realtor whose eyes just sparkle she speaks of her work. There are often complicated negotiations with the buying & selling of properties, but she relishes the challenge.
She is also a caregiver. She manages her home well, & assists her elderly mom as needed. Her husband, children, & grandchildren are a priority. Strength & honor are her clothing as the scripture describes.
When I consider those folks who have walked alongside me in my widowhood & grieving, Susie has been there for me, & then some!!
Statistics show that widows actually lose a hefty percentage of her friends in the months following the funeral. I moved from Indiana to Ohio within months after my husband’s death, furthering the potential of losing my friend base.
My friend Susie helped me find my current home, & gave me wise counsel on the old one. She sat beside me at church, showing empathy as the tears I could not control slid down my cheeks. My grief was not uncomfortable to her.
We talk often & pray for each other daily. I have helped her through some difficult things, too. Being a real friend must be give & take or it becomes burdensome to the one who gives & gives.
We also find much to laugh about. How wonderful it is to laugh with a friend!!
I’m sharing today a delicious concoction Susie often brings to our get-togethers.
1 (15 oz can) garbanzo beans
1 (15 oz can) black beans
1 (15 oz) can black eyed peas
2 (11 oz) cans white peg corn
2 (4 oz) cans chopped green chilies
1 (2 oz) jar chopped pimentos
1 cup green peppe,r finely chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup red onion, chopped
fresh cilantro, to taste
Drain all the cans of vegetables & mix together.
3/4 c apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 c sugar
Mix together in a sauce pan & heat until boiling. Allow to cool to room temp, & pour over vegetable mixture. Refrigerate until serving.
Serve with large corn chips for scooping.