We are trying get settled into our new routine for this semester. It’s going to be a crazy one it seems. But, honestly, when is it ever NOT crazy? 🙂
I’ve been thinking a lot over the past few days. (Sometimes that is good and sometimes it isn’t.) I really want to be a better Proverbs 31 woman. I know that I will never perfect her example, but I honestly want to follow it for my family.
A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!
Proverbs 31:10-31 (The Message)
I have found myself over the past week wondering if it will ever be possible for me.
I’ve doubted my calling, only because others doubt it. (“Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 AMP) I know what God has called me to be and to do. I won’t allow opinions created not by my Father to invade my mind!
I’ve doubted my ability to properly educate my children.
I’ve doubted my ability to aid in supporting my family.
I’ve hated on myself for not keeping our apartment as tidy as it “should” be. (Who really defines how clean it “should” be anyway?)
I’ve hidden in my apartment and wondered why my friends seem so distant.
Do you see where this is going? Man, when I thought I was doing well with studying the Word and having regular one on One meetings with my Father, I totally abandoned my thought process and then Satan made himself at home there.
*Sheesh…will I ever learn that lesson?!*
Anyway, enough rambling. Pray with me as I journey through Proverbs 31 and strive to become more like her, and pray for me as I learn to overcome and conquer my thoughts, venture out and build friendships, grow a small business, teach my children, and follow the calling God has placed upon my life!