It’s 6 am and the alarm is resonating in my head. I roll over and slap the offensive noise maker and the constant beeping is crippled. That is when I realize, someone is watching me. When I drop my children off at school and begin the work day, someone is watching me. A chill eases down my spine. I have to watch my back because there is someone out there watching my every move. I must be careful. As my family gathers at the supper table, someone is peering through my soul. There are eyes and ears everywhere, watching and listening, waiting for my response. What will I do? Will I slap the alarm clock too hard? Will I lose patience with my children? Will I gossip at the supper table? I am a mother and there are many people learning from my life. How will my life impact those around me? Can you relate? It seems that every mistake is noticed, but what about the good? Will my children grow to be responsible adults who love God?
Proverbs 31 is a great place to start when you must live your life out loud. King Lemuel’s mother was a very wise woman. She taught him everything he needed to choose his soul mate. You can be the ultimate soul mate for your husband and the ultimate mother for your children! Of course, you will make mistakes, but that is what repentance is for-to turn around and do better.
Read Proverbs 31: 10 What are your thoughts on this verse?
A virtuous woman is hard to find, but when she is found, she is a treasure far above the price of rubies. A ruby is hard to find, therefore it is worth a good deal. The ruby also goes through a heating process to be purified. How many trials have you had to endure to get you where you are? The intense pressure and heat is to shape you and purify you so you can be of great value to your family. How do you become this woman of great price? Keep reading, the answers are in the Word.
Read verse 11 Does your husband trust you with his heart?
The word spoil in this verse means let fall; make self a prey. Wow! He will not fall prey to things that are out in this world if his heart is safely tucked away with his wife. Can your husband trust you to love him no matter what happens? Can your children see truth in your life? Read I Corinthians 13. What are the meaning of these words?
Seeketh not her own:
Thinketh no evil:
Now read the chapter again, but with a greater understanding of the type of love that you must show in order for your husband to entrust you with his heart. If you love your famil as the scripture says, it would be very hard for them to fall prey to the enemy. The devil is as a roaring lion seeking someone to devour, but if you submit yourself to God, you can overcome and your family will be more likely to overcome the temptations of this world.
Read Proverbs 31:12 What good can you do for your husband?
Now read verse 13 Do you willingly do things for your family? I have to admit, I sometimes have a hard time doing laundry or dishes willingly! Do you find clothes at a bargain or do you frivolously spend on trinkets? Are you willing to do you laundry or do you throw the clothes away and get more? Seriously, I knew a lady who did this! What are some ways you can work willingly with your hands?
Read verse 14. Like the merchant’s ships? Bringeth food from afar off? A merchant would trade and sell many things to and from other places. His ship would carry things of value to and from country and city. A merchant wanted his goods to be of value so he could sell them and make a name for his business. He wanted to make the customer happy. Do you try your provide the best for your family, or do you throw things together and hope everyone doesn’t complain? I am so guilty of cutting corners. While working at school full time, I have no time (excuses) to cook the best, so I have compromised. Hot dogs, pre-fab chicken patties, you name it. My daughter had been getting sick; so sick she was losing a lot of weight. I took her to several doctors and tried many things, but to no avail. I began to wonder if it was all the processed food I was feeding my family. I began cooking from scratch and my daughter has gotten much better! What areas do you need to improve so that you can give your family the best?