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.