I. Am. Not. A. Morning. Person.
I never have been, never will be. I burn the midnight oil and wake up when it’s time to get the kids off to school. Not a minute sooner. I try to go back to sleep, in fact, in between waking up my boys. It doesn’t always work, and I typically sit there with my brain already hard at it.
Now granted, I typically only get about 6 1/2 hours of sleep every night, if I go to bed at midnight. So, I’ll never be the early bird catching any worms.
That all being said, today’s scripture shows us that a Proverbs 31 woman doesn’t spend her time being idle. I’m not saying she doesn’t rest, I’m saying it tells us she is productive and uses her time well. Oh to be that woman! I have no doubt she didn’t live with ADD!
I actually like how it reads in my Transformation Study Bible. I know, you’ve heard that before:
“She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.” Proverbs 31:15
I’m not a breakfast maker. I’d love to aspire to be that woman, but there are a few problems with that scenario. First, Fred’s breakfast, by choice, is a Hershey chocolate bar and a Coke or a Swiss Cake Roll and a Coke or a donut and a Coke. Don’t blame me, this started long ago before I knew him. But, my boys’ breakfast isn’t much more stellar. I do get up and get them their milk and Pop Tart (ugh, yes, I just admitted that), and get their lunches ready for school. I make sure they’re ready to go and then send them off to catch their bus.
So, needless to say, none of us is big on breakfast. When I finally get around to eating, it’s just a bowl of cereal. If I made a full blown breakfast, I don’t think any of us would move for days…or even know what to do with it all.
And we don’t have servant girls any more, so that doesn’t apply to us, but it shows us that the Proverbs 31 woman provides for those around her. She makes sure people around her are kept busy and that they have what they need. It shows me that she’s thoughtful, not just of her own family, but of others.
Being in a relationship with Fred means I need to be more conscious of others. He is looking to go into the ministry and as such, I have to have a perspective of looking out at what others need. This is an area of growth that I need. I definitely have a heart for others, especially those who are in need. I just need to learn how I can bless Fred and his ministry(ies) as well as God.
In all of the Proverbs 31 woman’s acts, she blessed and honored her husband, her family, and most of all God! That’s what is so vital. Does God receive the glory? Would the servant girls be able to look at this woman and see the face of God through her? Same with her family. Would they see Christ in the life of their mom and wife?
What about yours? Would your family and others say they see Christ in you?