This spring, our ladies' bible study has been studying the Proverbs 31 woman. I have always been intrigued by this chapter of Proverbs but, honestly, it exhausts me to even think about trying to be this woman. If she truly does everything listed in this chapter, there is no way she has time to sleep! And what about relaxing and enjoying life?
What I'm learning though is that all of the qualities this mythical lady possesses are an ideal - what every mom wants her son to look for in a wife. In fact, this chapter was probably written by Bathsheba to Solomon as he was looking for a queen. However, if you remember, Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines so he obviously couldn't find everything his momma wanted for him in one women - it took a thousand!
What I am also learning though isn't that we should work 24 hours a day to keep our husbands and families happy - it is that we should go about our daily work and lives with joy in our hearts. It is all about our heart attitude, not how much we get done. If we are happy, or at least trying to be, it makes even the most mundane tasks like laundry so much easier to get done. Conversely, if we begrudge doing the laundry or dishes, it will make the task much more unpleasant and will probably even take longer to finish!
And, if we have exude joy as we go about our days, think about the affect it will have on our kids, our husbands, our friends - even the people we pass in the grocery store. I know all too often I am met by one frown after another as I push my cart down the aisles at Tom Thumb. However, if someone smiles at me or says "Hello", it brightens my whole day. Also, if we get up in the mornings and greet the day with a smile, think about how much easier it will be to get the kids out the door to school. Hmmm - they might even have a better day themselves, just because we didn't frown and scowl at the coffee pot, wishing it would hurry up! (A hint here - if you need some help improving your morning mood, try getting up 15 minutes early and spending the time in prayer and bible study. It's hard to be crabby when you start your day off with God.)
There is so much more to this chapter in the Bible but I will save that for a later blog. Until then, remember it's all about YOUR heart attitude, not how much you accomplish each day.
God bless you all!