I have been focusing on becoming a better homemaker these past few weeks, while reading through the book Large Family Logistics and studying a bit in Proverbs 31. Who is this virtuous wife? This excellent wife? This wife of noble character?
She is active and involved. She oversees her home and family. She has willing hands. She plans ahead as best she can, when it come to their clothing or food or spiritual and emotional needs. She looks to the details. Whether she is a stay-at-home mother or a work-at-home wife or a single mom with a full-time career, she has a home and someone to care for.
On pages 29 and 30 of Large Family Logisitics, Kim Brenneman writes:
“Idleness” is also translated “sluggishness” and “laziness.” “Eat the bread” gives the idea of “feeding on.” When I feed my sugar cravings, I want more sugar. When I grow accustomed to going to sleep at a certain time or waking up at a certain time, it is hard to move from those times. Newton’s Law of Motion states that a body will persist in its state of rest or of uniform motion in a straight line unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed on it. The Excellent Wife does not feed idleness but exerts a force that jars her from any course of idleness that might otherwise develop.”
There is so much that needs to be done! I get tired some days just thinking about everything and everyone that needs my attention. But did you see what she said about being ‘compelled to change?’ If I do the next thing, if I take action, I am jarred out of that state of idleness that I want to remain in, and it’s easier to move on to the other tasks I need to accomplish.
A woman who takes seriously her calling as homemaker will always be seeking, learning, growing, possessing knowledge in many different areas. She needs wisdom and discernment in order to implement all that knowledge in a way that builds and benefits her family. Proverbs 9:10 tells us that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” And we know from Proverbs 1:7 that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” We have a lot on our plates, ladies. We can try to do it all, relying on our own strength and savvy or we can go to God who provides the power and strength and wisdom to do all that we need to do.
“The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.”
It can be hard work, tiring work, but it’s satisfying and rewarding work! Have a ‘arrived’ yet? Do I ‘have it all together’ yet? No, indeed. I am a work in progress. These qualities are my goals. I have much work to do. And day by day I am choosing to take on each task with a cheerful attitude and a willing heart, so my husband and children will be blessed, and my God will be glorified. The writer of this passage paints such a beautiful image, and my friend Misty does a beautiful job summarizing this woman who is priced far above rubies.
You can see a listing of all the posts in this series HERE. I hope you’ll join along with me as I get into the nuts and bolts of keeping house and managing my home. Remember, I warned you, I do NOT have it all together. You’ll be seeing some real life glimpses into my not so perfect self in the upcoming weeks. And some growth as well.
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