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Sunday, 29 April 2012 15:23

Proverbs 31 Woman

I feel so invigorated and renewed, I nearly don't know what to do with myself. 

I have felt an increasing level of uneasiness and discord in my life, and as a friend recently said to me 'the enemy will use any means to distract and discourage you', and so he has. 

I was almost entirely finished a lengthy blog post on Friday night about my constant struggle to juggle all of my many 'hats' - jobs, obligations, etc. when I decided to set it aside and go to bed.  After the Conference on Saturday, I feel as though much of that post has become a little outdated.

I still have all of the same obligations - as a wife, mother, daughter, friend and piano teacher - but I feel as though my life has been given a bit more focus for the moment.  One woman at the conference mentioned an online Women's Ministry called Proverbs 31 Ministries - and although I know the concept behind the 'Proverbs 31 Woman' I, for the first time, read this chapter.

Proverbs 31:10-31

10 A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Verse 30 - almost at the end - is the key verse for me here.  The part of this whole thing I've been missing.  I can work hard, I know that.  I can push myself to the limit trying to get things accomplished, but I think the point here is that this woman 'fears the Lord'.  She doesn't do all of these things for her own glory or to impress anyone.  She does it - and she does it all well - because each of these things God has called her to do, and she has heard and obeyed and He has blessed her in her work. 

I pray this for myself in the coming weeks, months and for the rest of my life.  That I will learn to truly fear God and obey what his will is for me in my life.  Even in the little daily tasks, like 'Should I be cleaning the kitchen right now or playing with my daughter?'.  I don't believe God wants me to feel spread so thin.  He (I think) wants to help me, even with these seemingly insignificant questions, and I have simply not been allowing Him in.  I have been trying to juggle everything without consulting God on any of it.

Here's to letting Him in.

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