Friday, January 02, 2009

Proverbs 31 - what does your home communicate?

On this day eight of the true woman makeover study, Nancy sent this email teaser:

What Does Your Home Communicate?

What is your home saying to your neighbors or the repairman who stopped in last week? Discover how an orderly home can bring glory to God.

  • God gave you the responsibility to watch over your children—to know when they're coming, when they're going, and what they're doing.
  • If you have lots of time to talk on the phone, you may be missing out on some of the things you should be doing with that time. When we have lots of time to talk, we tend to become gossips and busybodies.
  • Through a repentant heart and a teachable, humble spirit, all of us can learn to acquire those skills and disciplines we need in order to be the women God wants us to be.
Today Nancy's focus is on the words that this woman speaks. From Proverbs 31 we read:
10An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29"Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all."
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.

Today the focus is on verse 27, "she looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness". Nancy expands on it here. I have to admit, today....this doesn't impact me. I read it and think...okay yeah...I'm supposed to "look well" to my household. To keep an eye on what is happening, to be aware of what my son is doing, to be aware of what's going on with my hubby and such like. I read what Nancy has to say and part of me I do this. What of it? NOT a good attitude! :) One that I do need to have nipped. I can do a better job of it. Just right now I don't care to anything different than what I'm doing. Probably being too honest here.

So .... let's think on this some, see if I can have my attitude adjusted somewhat.....

God tells me in verse 27 here that part of being a virtuous woman...part of being a good wife, a good woman in his eyes is that I see my responsibilities for what they are. I NEED to be aware of what is going on with my family. Do they need the kitchen clean in order to feel more able to be at rest? Do they need me to monitor friendships, or even help create friendships? Does my hubby need for me to get off the computer and sit on the couch with him... "doing nothing" (I have to see that I'm not doing nothing...I"m sitting with him and just spending time with him). This is just as important as the other stuff that I do. How can I be more alert to the spiritual needs of my household...God gave me this particular household for a reason so I must be aware of what is going on with it and respond to it as I'm given insight.

so see??? I need to look beyond myself to God and what his expectations are. When I do that...when I see God more and myself less THEN (and only then) does this piece of scripture impact my life more.

Oh may that become my daily heart-meant prayer....that I see God more and myself less and therefore act as God wouldst have me act.

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