Proverbs 31:15 Virtuous Woman
I read "The Proverbs 31 Woman - One Virtue at a Time" this past week written by Courtney at Women Living Well. One virtue really stuck with me.
Proverbs 31:15 "She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family, and portions for her female servants." NIV
The Virtuous woman dose 3 things in this verse:1. Gets up early.
2. Provides food for her family.
3. Puts her servants to task.
I on the other hand:1. Wait for the sun to be up, before I even think of rising.
2. Sometimes forget to make dinner.
3. No servants in my home, just me.
So let's look at each of these points and how I have been addressing them in my life.
1. I am not an early riser, I like the sun to be up before I get up. And I am often up late with my little one. God knows I need my rest and am a much better mother after a good solid 8 hours of sleep. Most days I rise before my little one. I use this quiet time to read God's word and write. Both of which are challenging to do when she is awake. I feel God has blessed this time of quiet and even if I'm not up before the sun, it's still getting up 'early' in my home.
2. Food. We all have to eat it, but I often lack inspiration to cook. Usually I chop fruit and veggies up on the weekend to eat on the rest of the week. But those do not make meals by themselves. It has been my goal to 'cook' something on Sundays for the week. I have been making it a point when my husband comes home to list 3 food choices and ask, "can I fix one of these for you?" He is so tired and hungry when he comes home, I am more than happy to put together a sandwich while he takes of his shoes and hugs our daughter.
3. Portions (ie) Putting my servants to task. I am like you, I don't really have people that serve in my home. But I do have a dishwasher and washing machine. Every time I hit start on either I think of this virtue. So I have been making it a point to run the dishwasher before I go to bed, or to get the last of the laundry done before I turn out the lights. I feel silly, but I pray while doing dishes that this small task will bring glory to God and honor to my husband. He works very hard outside the home, and when he comes home to mess it's got to drain his energy.
I am striving to make my home a happy, clean, restful place. One load of dishes at a time.