Genesis 45:23, To his father he sent as follows: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and sustenance for his father on the journey.
I find this to be a very interesting verse of scripture. The male donkeys were carrying the “fine” things; the beauty, the joy, the good and pleasant things of taste and discernment, while the female donkeys were carrying the substance for the sustenance of life.
The woman is the one who supports life; she is the keeper of the “Light” of her home. As she supports the life and light of her home, she rejoices in the good and pleasant abundance of joy and beauty that her husband brings to her; he in turn is strengthened and encouraged to continue to provide this bounty of delights for her. The excellent wife of Proverbs 31 is the woman who understands the role she has been given from YHVH, Creator of the Universe, and she excels in her role.
Proverbs 31:10-31, An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. She looks for wool and flax and works with her hands in delight. She is like merchant ships; she brings her food from afar. She rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household and portions to her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She senses that her gain is good; her lamp does not go out at night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hands grasp the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, and she stretches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies belts to the tradesmen. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her, saying: “Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
As we live and work and have our being in the roles we were created to fill then we will have true joy!