Have you ever read the profile of the Proverbs 31 Woman? That woman who spins her own thread and weaves her own cloth? That woman who shrewdly buys a field and makes a profit? That woman who makes her husband look good in front of the whole town and is praised by her children?
Is she for real? I say she is. And her name is Betty and Mary and Tiffany and Sue and Amy and Sarah. What does she look like? She looks like you and me. This Proverbs 31 Woman is a picture portrayal of the Wise Woman we read about earlier in the book of Proverbs. She is the woman who seeks wisdom, who fears the Lord.
This woman accomplishes so much! How does she? And how can you and I measure up to her standards? In these verses [Proverbs 31:10-31] I see a woman who has plans – a woman who wisely plans and wisely works her plans. Fearing the Lord and having a plan, that’s her secret.
This time of year it is especially helpful to plan out our days. I don’t know about you, but these days I’m drowning under the weight of everything I need to do because I either don’t have a plan or I’m not working my plan. Sounds like it’s time for me to plan!So how do I go about this planning thing? I have shared with you how I begin planning out my meals for the month, but now I need to address how I am going to get things in order for the upcoming holidays.
While our whole household and schooling schedule needs a major overhaul – wait, you have to have a schedule to overhaul one. Never mind. That’s a post for future. We are expecting a houseful of people Thanksgiving weekend, and I do need to get some things under control around here. I do need a plan so I can work wisely and enjoy my Thanksgiving Holiday.
Formulating My Plan
- Pray and Consider – I want to tackle things purposefully. My goal is to get to the tasks that need attention most, and leave the rest until another time. As I get my plan in order, I pray for wisdom and discernment to make the best choices. I will consider what tasks will bless my family and my guests.
- Seek Husband’s Counsel and Input – I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew. I dream big and run out of energy quickly. Hubby is good to remind me of that and helps me balance out my grandiose ideas of the perfect family gathering with some practical nuts-and-bolts of things.
- Make a list – I know, this is not a new concept. I’ve heard it before. But it is truly helpful to see right before my eyes what needs to be done. I’m talking simple, I’m talking basic. I’m talking ‘get rid of trash, clear clutter of surfaces, dust down cobwebs, etc. I have a list for cleaning/maintenance stuff and a list for the meals I’m serving over the Thanksgiving weekend.
- Prioritize – I will rewrite my list(s) with the highest priority items at the top. Then as I work my way down I can easily see what I have accomplished and what I need to tackle next. I am considering making up a room-by-room list, to help me assign tasks to my helpers (or have a handy resource when I need to hand out a punishment – cleaning tasks work well for this).
- Carve Out Time Slots – Make a conscious decision about when I’ll tackle my to-do list. Can you devote a whole day (or 2 or 3!)? Or 15 minutes after each meal? Or a couple nights a week after the children have gone to bed?
- Get in the Zone – Once I have my list made up and my time slots scheduled and my supplies handy, I will focus in on the task at hand. For that set amount of time I will roll up my sleeves and set out to do what needs to be done, accomplishing what I can in the time I have available.
- Be Content – I will not get to everything on my list. I already know that. But, by having a plan and making wise choices about how I am going to work my plan, I will be confident that things are whole lot better than they would have been if I welcomed guests with a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants attempt at getting ready. I know that basic needs will be met and everyone will have plenty to eat and the fellowship will be sweet. Sounds a little like that Proverbs 31 Woman I mentioned earlier, doesn’t it?
What plans are you making these days? Do you have tips to share with us to help us accomplish our plans?
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