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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman Series- Part 2

I decided to actually try and gear this topic for everyone, rather than a specific gender. I wanted to talk about this verse today-

"She rises also while it is yet night, and gives food to her household and work to her maids." Proverbs 31:15.

Although all of Proverbs 31 is directed towards the way a woman should be, I do believe some of these qualities are also applicable to both genders. In this case, the idea of rising up early. Obviously, this woman knows that work is to be done, and so she gets up early to hurry up and tend to things that need to be done rather then procrastinating. I never realized the significance of waking up early until I had bouts of insomnia for a while and would wake up at about 3 or 4 in the morning and decide to spend time on my devotions. Do you realize how much time extra is available when you get up early? I not only had as much quality time as I wanted to spend on my devotions, but I had plenty of time to clean and some more by the time 7 rolled around. I noticed that my devotional life is much better when I wake up early, because I'm not rushed with the worries of the day, nor do I have only a certain amount of time to spend on devotions. My time in the early hours of the morning is unlimited for God. It's important to make good use of our time as the Bible says because the days are evil. After noticing that the Proverbs 31 woman woke up early, I decided it would be wise to force myself to wake up early. Obviously lots can be done in the wee hours of the morning.

Not only does the wise woman get up early, but she also starts off the day figuring out what needs to be done. She has a task of things that need to be done on that day. I am not good at sticking to a schedule or organizing. I'm terrible at it. I've come to realize the importance though of planning ahead of time. When I organize my schedule and plan things ahead of time, I can actually get more things done throughout the day. Sticking to a schedule hour by hour is also an excellent way to be productive throughout the whole day. I'm very lazy, so having a schedule and planning things before hand is a must for me. I've decided I'll take it upon myself to set some short-term goals and plan things before hand, in order to make the most out of time.

It's important to use our time wisely and carefully, always for productiveness, otherwise laziness (evil) will get the better of us!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman Series- Part 1

In answer to Leah's comment, I decided to talk about one of the books that I have been reading recently along with my devotions in the morning. I've been reading Beautiful in God's Eyes by Elizabeth George. It's a book on the Proverbs 31 woman. I'm not in agreement with all that Elizabeth George says, but I appreciate the fact that she takes the time to go word by word in each verse and explain it as thoroughly as possible. For the most part, it's a wonderful book.

I specifically chose this book to read in order to develop the character traits of a Godly woman so that when I have a family of my own I will be able to be a great mother and wife, but not only to prepare my heart for the future, but even now as a daughter and friend to others.

One of the verses that interested me was Proverbs 31:11 "He will have no lack of gain." This verse is describing the wife who contributes to her husband's success. I never really realized that being frugal and wise with money was important at all. In fact, I thought that as long as you had money or were wealthy, it would be okay to indulge and purchase the most expensive item on the menu or buy something you knew you probably wouldn't need. From the context of the verse, it appears that the wise woman thinks carefully about her purchases before she spends money. If she were a woman of today she would probably clip coupons in order to save money for the family, be an energy conservationist, and probably look up reviews upon big purchases so she can find the best rated item for a good deal. To me that is hard work! Clipping coupons can take hours just to cut out and sort. I know that whenever I want an expensive item, looking it up on Consumer Reports is kind of a hassle, finding the cheapest price is also a hassle. I always figured that it was all a waste of time just for a few dollars, but not according to this verse. I've now realized the importance of a woman helping her husband out with expenses in every way possible. Even now, I have the ability to help out my dad by saving money doing those things mentioned above. It may take up lots of time, but it's well worth it in the end.

I will post a new verse that I found interesting in Proverbs 31 every few days or so and share my insights on it, since I have so much more to say from what I've learned in Elizabeth George's book!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Blog is open for discussion- your choice of topic

I couldn't think of anything to write about, so feel free to comment and make a suggestion about what you'd like to talk about!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Discipline

This past week has been a trying time of discipline. Last week I made a hasty decision concerning sweets. I decided I wouldn't eat any for two weeks. As it is, I can't go a day without eating something sweet, so that seemed like a rather foolish idea. Yet I went even further to go on an all veggie/fruit diet for three days. Yes, I know, very foolish. Yet I felt that I needed to gain some discipline in my life if I was going to abide by the rule of honoring God through my body because it is His temple. If it's His, then obviously I should take care of it and eat right.

Well, the first day started out great, that is, until I reached work. I got out of my vehicle and suddenly realized that the okra and rotel that I'd packed for my veggie/fruit diet had spilled all over my bag and in my vehicle. So much for that! So I decided I'd just leave it in the car, since I had no time to clean up the mess. When it was finally time for lunch, I couldn't go out to the parking lot to eat what was left of my lunch due to the pouring rain which never let up. It was so disappointing since I had to break the veggie/fruit diet, get something from the snack machine (pb crackers and a granola bar). Talk about satan throwing obstacles!!! As if that weren't enough, the next day was pretty bad as well. I was asked by my friend if I wanted a Frosty. I had a lapse of thought and almost told her yes, until I remembered the vow I had made. The next two days were better, but they were hard, since I was dying for some carbs.

I did complete the 3 day veggie/fruit diet (one of the most horibble times in my life) and decided to incorporate more greens into my diet, since it's so important to be healthy. Once I got over the veggie/fruit diet I figured that my life would be so much easier. . . not so much. Prunes and vanilla yogurt raisins can only satisfy a sweet tooth temporarily. I found so many obstacles thrown in my way!!! First, I had promised a co-worker that I'd bring donuts to work before I had made my vow. So I had to bring donuts for everyone except me. That was tough stuff. The next obstacle that hit was breakroom desserts. From time to time, someone will bring in a special treat; I can't tell you how hard it was to refrain from it! Then the snack machine, oh, I love that machine!!! The donuts and hostess cupcakes were too much for me to resist so I almost gave up today just to have them. When I realized I was giving in, I popped some vanilla yogurt raisins into my mouth to satisfy the craving. Fortunately I have not given in yet, and it's been a week. I'm very grateful to God for giving me the strength to resist temptation in order to be healthier.

Although it may seem like a silly thing to have said or done, I'm happy about my choice. When we start off disciplining our selves in the little things, we eventually have the strength to practice self-control in the big things. So I will leave with this note which sums up my main point -

James 1:2-4 - Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter vraious trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may  be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.