A moment of quiet reflection

As we near the end of the first month on Living Proverbs 31, I want to take a moment of quiet reflection on why I’m doing what I’m doing.

The Woman Who Fears the Lord

10 An excellent wife who can find?

She is far more precious than jewels.

11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,

and he will have no lack of gain.

12 She does him good, not harm,

all the days of her life.

13 She seeks wool and flax,

and works with willing hands.

14 She is like the ships of the merchant;

she brings her food from afar.

15 She rises while it is yet night

and provides food for her household

and portions for her maidens.

16 She considers a field and buys it;

with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.

17 She dresses herself with strength

and mades her arms strong.

18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.

Her lamp does not go out of night.

19 She puts her hands to the distaff,

and her hands hold the spindle.

20 She opens her hand to the poor

and reaches out her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,

for all her household are clothed in scarlet.

22 She makes bed coverings for herself;

her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates

when he sits among the elders of of the land.

24 SHe makes linen garments and sells them;

she delivers sashes to the merchant.

25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,

and she laughs at the time to come.

26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,

and the teaching of kindness on her tongue.

27 She looks well to the ways of her household

and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;

her husband also, and he praises her:

29 “Many women have done excellently,

but you surpass them all.”

30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,

and let her works praise her in the gates.

The response to this blog has been unbelievable and I am enjoying every second of it. I’m so thankful for each one of you and the awesome things you say and do. We’re growing in God together despite many of us not seeing each other face to face and that’s a pretty amazing thing. Here’s to an amazing month and 11 more (or more, who knows?!) to go. Cheers, friends.

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Also, I found this in an old Bible this morning–Matt had underlined it one Sunday morning during church….look at the date: September 27, 2001.  We were 19 years old–how very, very, very, very, very far we’ve come.

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God had gone before us

Years ago I was driving on a street that I knew well that went from being two lanes to three rather unexpectedly if you weren’t familiar with the road. I remember getting over and thinking that the car in front of me needed to, too. This was back in the day when Indiana license plates had the names of their counties on them and I noticed that this car was from out of town. I left enough room for the car to slide in front of me when the time came, and sure enough, a few minutes later, panic set in as the driver realized his lane was ending. He frantically looked over and moved his car into my lane where there was plenty of room because I had realized his needs before he had.

We serve a God who does the same thing.

I can point to countless times in my life when God has clearly gone before me and anticipated my needs before I ever knew I had them. Last week’s bedroom re-design was no exception. Matt and I have been slowly reworking our bedroom from the colossal mess that it was into a place where grey leggings are not missing for weeks at time. Over break we cleaned up some but things were just not “working.” It just didn’t flow–enter Matt & his brilliant idea to flip our bed to the opposite wall. Suddenly we had all this wall space for our enormous “dresser” unit and the speaker system Matt’s parents got us as a gift several years ago. The dresser’s by the closet now (BRILLIANT) and there was just enough room in the corner to lean this fantastic mirror we bought.

You all know the story of the mirror. I’m not even going to get into here or link back to it. It happened, it’s over, that’s the end of it. Problem solved, crisis everted, peace restored. I will never be able to look at that mirror without thinking about how God had gone before me and anticipated my needs before I ever knew I had them.

We were cutting through the housewares section of Wal-Mart Saturday afternoon when I saw it. It’s a “leaner” mirror–meaning that it can be mounted to the wall, but really doesn’t need to be. It was big, but I was pretty sure it’d fit in the little spot between the “dresser” and the door, and it was tall, but not too tall to fit on the wall. And it did, because God had gone before me. Also, who are we kidding, that mirror was going to lean no matter what–we’re not exactly super pro-active when it comes to stuff like that :).

I didn’t have the money in my groceries/expenses account to pay for it. So no mirror :(. Then Matt said, “What about the Vi money?” Yes, I sell the shakes I drink every morning and, yes, I make a little money off of them each month. Not a lot, but a little–and just enough to buy that mirror. A mirror, it turns out, that played a significant role my afternoon blogging endeavors.

We serve a God who cares when the sparrow falls. We serve a God who loves us and knows us intimately….and we serve a God who anticipates our needs before we have them. I’m thankful that I will have a very large, very visual (ha ha) reminder of this every morning.

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