Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A Mid-Afternoon Snack for my Soul

Today I kind of needed a minute to reflect and recenter myself on what is really important in my life.  I have been stressed this week.   I went immediately to a passage that I love on how to be a good wife to my husband and a good mama to my sweet kids (who I have been incredibly grouchy with lately).  Proverbs 31.  The message is my favorite version of this passage and I have included it in this blog for my future reference.  




Here is my own prayer for today:


Incredible Father, Provider and Savior,


Thank you for the abundance of wealth I live in, thank you for never letting me be hungry, cold, or desperate.  Let me be an encouraging helper to my husband, so that he will trust me.  Help me to respect him in all I do, and in doing so reflect my respect for my Jesus.  Help me to be a good steward of my time, my money, and my household.  Help me to be able to get up before my family to pray and meditate and prepare myself spiritually for the day ahead.  Help me to be organized and able to make my husband's and children's day productive.  Help me to be eager to get started and in no hurry to stop my work for my household.  Keep my eyes open for those who need anything around me and allow me to be able to help them in some way.  Give me confidence in my ability to care for my family and in my work I do work around my house.  When I open my mouth, please let me think carefully about what I say and how I say it.   Help me to always say something kindly and worthwhile.  May I be able to see and bless my children in their teachable moments throughout the day.  And may I always keep in mind my love for God and let that be my motivation as I do these things in Your Amazing Name, Jesus.   


Amen




A good woman is hard to find, 
   and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve, 
   and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously 
   all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, 
   and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places 
   and brings back exotic surprises.
She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast 
   for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it, 
   then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, 
   rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work, 
   is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, 
   diligent in homemaking.
She's quick to assist anyone in need, 
   reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn't worry about her family when it snows; 
   their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing, 
   and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected 
   when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them, 
   brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant, 
   and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, 
   and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, 
   and keeps them all busy and productive
Her children respect and bless her; 
   her husband joins in with words of praise:
"Many women have done wonderful things, 
   but you've outclassed them all!"
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. 
   The woman to be admired and praised 
   is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves! 
   Festoon her life with praises!


In Proverbs 31, this version is from The Message.