Pursuing excellence

Excellence is not a myth, reflections from #Proverbs#VickiCourtney in The Virtuous Woman, shattering the superwoman myth

Bible open to Proverbs 31 with yarn and knitting needles

 Who can find an excellent woman?
    She is worth far more than rubies.

 She gets ready to work hard.
    Her arms are strong.   

 She sees that her trading earns a lot of money.
    Her lamp doesn’t go out at night.
With one hand she holds the wool.
    With the other she spins the thread. 

Asian woman working on a large loom
photos by Dr.Aletha while on a medical volunteer trip to Vietnam with Vets with a Mission 

 She opens her arms to those who are poor.
    She reaches out her hands to those who are needy.
 When it snows, she’s not afraid for her family.
    All of them are dressed in the finest clothes.

Proverbs 31 New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


“Deep in the heart of every person is a desperate need to feel worth and value. Most people will end up defining their worth according to the world rather than by God’s standard of measure.

Defining our worth correctly is critical not only in our pursuit to be a virtuous (excellent) woman but for our overall mental health. One can wonder how many addictions, mental anxieties, and health problems could be avoided if the worth of the individual had been properly defined in the first place.

The virtuous (excellent) woman of Proverbs 31 had defined her worth according to God’s standards. “

Vicki Courtney

quote from

the Virtuous Woman-Shattering the Superwoman Myth

by Vicki Courtney

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Virtuous Woman book IMG_2137.jpg


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Read more about humanitarian work in Vietnam in this previous post.

Tuesday Travels- Vietnam Veterans Building Medical Clinics In Country

This week a team organized by VWAM, Vets With a Mission, is working in VietNam. Led by our friends Chuck and Joette Ward, the team is treating patients in a clinic built by another humanitarian organization, now supported by VWAM. My husband and I were unable to join the team this year, but I am … Continue reading “Tuesday Travels- Vietnam Veterans Building Medical Clinics In Country”

Author: Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

I am a family physician who explores the HEART of HEALTH in my work, recreation, and through writing. On my blog, Watercress Words, I inform and inspire us in healthy living. I believe we can turn our health challenges into healthy opportunities. When we do, we can share the HEART of health with our families, communities, and the world. Come explore and share with me.

3 thoughts on “Pursuing excellence”

  1. Excellent words to ponder. How many times is worth associated with money and the amount we earn. It can be frustrating when you’re asked how much money are you making? What about volunteer work — with the poor, disabled, even animals. Pursuing wealth instead of following what God’s word will not bring happiness or fulfillment. Have a great weekend.

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