"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." ~Lin Yutang

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

the first day of march

i've been thinking a lot about the prov. 31 woman that i desire to be.  let me explain:
A Wife of Noble Character (Prov. 31:10-31 NLV)
 10 [b]Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
      She is more precious than rubies.   [i desire to be precious] 11 Her husband can trust her,  [i desire to be trusted and trustworthy]      and she will greatly enrich his life.  [i desire to enrich my mr's life] 12 She brings him good, not harm, 
      all the days of her life.  [i desire to never harm my man, and instead bring him GOOD -like Biblical good-good]
 13 She finds wool and flax
      and busily spins it.  [i'm not sure about the desire i feel for this verse, except that i DO have a desire to knit and crochet more] 14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
      bringing her food from afar.  [i desire to grocery shop well -in a healthy, frugal, and whole way] 15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
      and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.  [i desire to do this in a heavily yearning way -especially the servant part j/k]
 16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
      with her earnings she plants a vineyard.  [also consider this desired!  i would really love to plant fields and grow our food and then some] 17 She is energetic and strong, 
      a hard worker.  [i desire to be energetic, strong, and a hard worker.] 18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
      her lamp burns late into the night.  [i think desiring to wake up early and to be energetic, strong, and hard working leads me to the desire in this verse: to have profitable dealings]
 19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
      her fingers twisting fiber.  [i desire to have busy hands] 20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
      and opens her arms to the needy.  [i desire to have a softer heart for God's will in my life] 21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
      for everyone has warm[c] clothes.  [i desire to plan ahead and foresee the needs of my family]
 22 She makes her own bedspreads.  [i desire to make some bedspreads and spend some more time loving my family by home-making things]      She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns. 
 23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
      where he sits with the other civic leaders.  [i desire to be a godly wife to the husband God gave me] 24 She makes belted linen garments
      and sashes to sell to the merchants.  [i desire to hand-craft home items]
 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
      and she laughs without fear of the future.  [i desire to be a godly woman -full of strength and dignity and also full of laughter] 26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
      and she gives instructions with kindness.  [oh my desire is such: to be wise and kindly instruct!] 27 She carefully watches everything in her household
      and suffers nothing from laziness. 
 28 Her children stand and bless her.
      Her husband praises her:
 29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
      but you surpass them all!”

 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
      but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
 31 Reward her for all she has done.
      Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

isn't that a wonderful most-of-a-chapter?!  i have so much to learn.  i have so far to go. 
but, here are some more specific desires in homemaking:  lotion, lip balm, quilts and blankets, clothes, more food, and home decor.  also i'm desiring to find more natural home remedies for things.  (yeah, that's a broad statement.)
also, i'm yearning to be more scheduled with the home-schooled learning schedule. 
Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."


Jonathan and Telcia said...

awesome, anwat! i have so far to go too, but that is exactly how I want to lead my family (because wives lead in their wifeliness)-Telstar

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

I remember an older lady (now I am the "older" lady- 40) teaching on this passage once. She told the group, much to our relief, that the course of events and behaviour of this woman spoken about in Proverbs 31, happened over the course of her entire life. Not necessarily that she did all those things at one time.
Thank God for that, LOL!
I am glad for Christ's strength that encourages us to move to the next verses as we get older and have excelled at more and more.
I homeschooled for 12 years...I dunno if we really ever had a "schedule", LOL! We got things done every day, usually. If your children are learning and most importantly, thinking for themselves and wanting to know more and more, they'll be just fine.
So give yourself some grace.
Time with you, learning God's ways is priceless. (Your children are adorable!)
HUGS to you and blessings as you make your home!
P.S. So glad you stopped by to say hi!

Anissa said...

Great post! I'm right there with you on all of it. And I'm so glad that the commenter above me mentioned that the Proverbs 31 woman wasn't doing all this at the same time. Whew, she was a-m-a-z-i-n-g!