“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27
I think we are often intimidated by the Proverbs 31 woman, like she’s some sort of superhuman. In reality, the list of her actions and attributes are the result of a heart that fears the Lord. That heart attitude then manifests itself in the way she cares for her home, how she treats others and the way she spends her time.
If I loosely translate Proverbs 31 into today’s activities, here’s what I imagine her doing:
- she gets up early to make sure everyone has a good meal (v15)
- she looks for good deals and the best prices (v16)
- she has a nice garden (v16)
- she stays up late when she has a project to finish – maybe for her Etsy shop (v18)
- she makes a pan of lasagna for a family who has a child in the hospital (v20)
- she knows how to put together a cute outfit (v22)
- she implements a one-load-a-day laundry routine so everyone has clean clothes for work and school (v27)
Let’s also be realistic and say she doesn’t do all those things in the same day. 🙂
I love considering this woman to be one of my role models. I have a long way to go, but she inspires me to keep doing what’s right. The passage says her husband praises her!
I don’t know about you, but my husband doesn’t always notice or praise me for keeping up with the laundry. In fact I don’t think he’s ever said anything to me about the way I do our laundry. He doesn’t praise me for taking food to people, and he doesn’t ask me what percentage I saved on our groceries each week.
How about this? I would LOVE it if you left me a comment and shared a homemaking WIN that you’ve enjoyed recently. It could be something super simple like making supper for your family one night this week, something like getting everyone out the door on time for the first day of school or saving a few dollars on your groceries by making a list before you went to the store.
It’s these little things that help us, one action at a time, to become like the woman in Proverbs 31. It usually isn’t convenient and it usually involves work – but it’s worth it and it is possible! Let’s encourage each other!
Here’s mine: I was able to make a hot breakfast for us on Sunday morning before church. I thought through it the night before and made sausage, egg and cheese bagel sandwiches. Usually I’m rushing out the door and eating a granola bar in the car. That’s a win!
Go! Your turn!