Willing Worker, Good Manager, Industrious...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Our strand of pearls is getting longer. Today we’re adding Willing Worker, Good Manager and Industrious, verses 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.

“She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.”

Willing worker… with free will; without reluctance; cheerfully. We need to have a willing attitude as we go about our daily activities. This includes caring for our homes, our husbands and our children. We should try not to let our homes get out of control. We should try not to complain about the work that needs to be done.

Can you imagine what it was like for the Proverbs 31 Woman to do laundry, cook a meal or clean her house? Our husbands and children should hear us singing praises to God while working and not grumbling about how much laundry there is…a hard one for me!

Good Manager…we should be disciplined with our time. We shouldn’t linger in bed…oh how hard that can be on a cold morning! We should get up early to spend time in devotion with our Lord. We should prepare meals for our husbands and family, not expect them to fend for themselves. Plan out a weekly menu if need be so we have everything available for meals throughout the week. The Proverbs 31 Woman was willing to bring “food in from afar,” wherever the best could be found.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.”

Industrious…constantly, regularly active or occupied. Our husbands work hard for the income they bring into the household. We need to be careful with how we spend it. Save up for what we need…try hard not to put things on credit…save for the future.

I have it easy right now, my husband is gone most of the week, usually arriving home on Friday evenings. But when he does come home, I try very hard to have the house in order. The laundry done, ironed and put away. I try and plan out our meals in advance so there is something prepared for him. I know what he likes (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Diet Pepsi) and I try to have it available for him. Let’s try and work to make our homes a place where our husbands can’t wait to get back to at the end of a hard work day.

Tomorrow’s pearls…STRENGTH, ENDURANCE, WELL-ROUNDED and CHARITABLE.

12 comments :

  1. This is awesome, Lois!! I so want to be this lady!! I love how you write so simply, yet convey these truths so beautifully. I am so excited that God is shaping us to be more like her!

    It's so cool that we hooked up in bloggyland since I chose this to memorize a month ago and you're writing about it now!! God is soo good to us!!

    Whoever says blogging is just a silly time-sapper is missing out in my opinion!!

    Have a joyful day!! I feel so encouraged!! Thank you Lois!
    Becky

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  2. Lois, I LOVE how you have taken these verses and applied them to today without diminishing their importance and Biblical message. It helps to see the practicality and prudence of the P-31 woman, rather than being overwhelmed by her "perfection! Thank you.

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  3. This Proverbs 31 study has been lovely....I'm excited to see how you have taken the scripture and put it into practical terms for our everyday lives. I really liked your idea about meal planning. I have recently been more consistent about doing that and have reaped many benefits from it. It is so nice to be organized and prepared for the week!! Thank you for encouraging women in the ways of Biblical womanhood. ;)

    Many Blessings,
    Miss Jen

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  4. Thank you for breaking this down into practical advice for us for day to day routines. I so strive to be this type of wife for my husband. LOVE this series. Thanks again!

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  5. Thank you so much for your input to Proverbs 31. I love this study and hope to aspire to be a Proverbs 31 wife

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  6. Sounds like you're putting into practice what you have learned from this passage.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  7. Thanks for the comment you left on my blog. I just finished a study on Women of the Bible, and the Prov. 31 Woman was one of them. I enjoyed my study so much. Your posts go right along with it. I'm on my way to church right now, but will come back to your blog later.
    I enjoyed what I read so far!
    Oh, and I love your blog title!
    God Bless you. Happy Wed.
    Liesa
    (Life By George)

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  8. AMEN...thanks for those truths. Glad I found your blog. God is good that way. Thanks for stopping in on my blog. I am new to it, so I have a lot to learn, but am loving it. It is so relaxing and so much better than watching the junk that is on TV these days. Excited about following your encouraging blog. Be blessed!

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  9. Are you in my house...can you see the clothes that needs to be folded. I felt like this was talking directly to me. Soooooo thankful for this study.

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  10. We should try not to let our homes get out of control. We should try not to complain about the work that needs to be done.
    amen amen amen

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  11. Good Manager…we should be disciplined with our time. We shouldn’t linger in bed…! We should get up early to spend time in devotion with our Lord. We should prepare meals for our husbands and family, not expect them to fend for themselves. Plan out a weekly menu if need be so we have everything available for meals throughout the week. Amen amen amen
    Not ordering out food all the time,
    We need to be careful with how we spend our money. Save up for what we need…try hard not to put things on credit…save for the future.

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