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.

My humble opinion of a made bed

She makes coverings for her bed. Proverbs 31:22

A made bed to me is so much more than that.  As ridiculous as it sounds, a made bed indicates to me that a person is organized, prosperous, and has self respect.  That’s ridiculous, that I think that, right?? It’s maybe even a little pompous and holier-than-thou.  You’re probably saying to yourself, “She’s been in my house and my bed wasn’t made–what does she think of me?”  Relax.  I’m as guilty of not making my bed as the next person.

Think about it like this–a made bed indicates that a person gets up with enough time to do something that is completely unnecessary.  From a “starving children in Africa” perspective, making ones bed falls extremely low on the priority list.  Having bed coverings at all, especially really super nice ones that cost tons of money is even lower on the priority list–and yet there it is, and in the Bible no less.  She makes coverings for her bed.

The Proverbs 31 woman had a lot on her plate.  It was her job to keep the family fed and clothed–think about all the things we have today that make our lives easier and better.  I’ll wait.  Okay, now think about things beyond the obvious (no dish washer, no washing machine, no OPI fingernail polish)–grinding your own flour, making your own soap, making your own CLOTH so that you could make clothes.  I’m not a super-Bible scholar, but I’m betting that at least a couple of those were on the Proverbs 31 Woman’s daily/weekly/monthly/yearly to-do list.  Yet somehow she’s still expected to “make coverings for her bed.”

How? Time management.  I think that’s what a made bed represents to me–a person who has mastered time management.  People who have mastered time-management are (I’m guessing) typically more successful in all areas of their life….and that’s what I want.  I don’t want to be the woman forcing herself out of bed at the last possible second, leaving baskets of laundry, sink fulls of dishes, and an unmade bed in her wake as she rushes out the door.  I guess a small part of me thinks that if I can master the art of making my bed every morning (down to the 8 decorative pillows that came with the set), the other areas of my life will slowly fall into place, too.

Week 1 Update

Thanks so much for all of you for “tuning in” to read my blog all this week. I’ve enjoyed reading your comments on the blog, my facebook, twitter and in person! Knowing that you’re all out there and supporting me is really helping!

Here’s how I did this week:

Sunday (New Years Day)–made bed, worked out with Biggest Loser (pulled quad), DID NOT get up early

Monday–Matt still in bed when I left (and I only hated him a little), 40 minutes on elliptical at 5:45 am

Tuesday–made bed, worked out with Biggest Loser (later realized I had pulled my quad) at 5:45 am with the whole family. I don’t know why the kids were awake, but it ended up being nice because we all had breakfast together & Matt made pepperoni eggs.

Wednesday–made bed, lifted weights at 6:20 for 10 minutes (resting quad)

Thursday–made bed, worked out with Biggest Loser at 5:45 am

Friday–Matt still in bed when I left, 40 minutes on elliptical at 5:45

Saturday–got up kinda early, made bed, rode 20 miles on my bike (!) with Matt & my dad

This week’s goals are as follows:

–Come up with written schedule for posting

–Continue taking pictures for next week’s Ladies Room Fashion Show

–Clean up my room. Making my bed is great, but this hit a little close to home.

Week One Photo Update:

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Belted Scarlet

Proverbs 31:21 (second half) ….for all her household are clothed in scarlet

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It was suggested to me that I try belting my cotton dresses. My son picked out this awesome belt at Goodwill one day when we were there and INSISTED that I buy it. His favorite color is red. Belts at GW Fashions are $0.99, but this one happened to be the color of the day, so I got it for half price.

This dress is a little (some might say a lot) big, but cinching it in with the belt makes it totally wearable. The “scarlet” belt gives it a little tie into Proverbs 31 and I was able to take the advice of my awesome readers.

To see the rest if this outfit–and my other outfits from this coming week–tune in Friday for my Ladies Room Fashion Show!

She doesn’t fear the snow

Proverbs 31: 21 She is not afraid of snow for her household.

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God has blessed me in several cool ways let last couple of months.  My good friend (who is also gracious enough to spend 3 days a week with my kiddos), Kristy, sells 31 products.  For those of you who don’t know, that 31 DOES refer to Proverbs 31–how cool is that??  Anyway, Kristy asked me if I wanted to be part of a “Turkey Trot” back in November.  Basically she asked several people if they would buy a couple of things and then drew one name out of a hat to be the “host” of that “party.”  And I WON! I got to be the hostess.  As part of my hostess rewards, I got this bag for free.

I totally copied Kristy’s awesome idea for this winter print 7-pocketed bag and we’re using it to hold all of our winter supplies.  Matt & I both work about 30 minutes from home and I’ve always kept a bag in the car that held hats and gloves for all the members of our family.  This bag is FANTASTIC for that because it has 5 pockets around the outside that are perfect for gloves.  There are two little mesh pockets on the sides that are perfect for store-bought instant hand warmers and the middle of the bag is great for holding our hats, scarves, and two small, fleece blankets.  If we ever find ourselves stranded along the side of the road, we’ll be set until help arrives.  And when we wake up on one of those glorious snow days, we’ll be 4 sets of snow pants and 4 winter coats away from our favorite sledding hill!  We can grab our sleds on the way out the door and we’ll be off.  I’m also looking forward to not having to pray my way into my snow pants this year ;).

So, thanks so much to Kristy for the opportunity to get this awesomely adorable bag for our winter gear! It will be a winter-time staple in our home for years to come!

I’m Counting It.

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Proverbs 31:15 She rises when it is yet night time.

I’m up, no one else is and it’s still pretty dark outside.

I’m totally counting it.

RICE

Do you know what RICE stands for?

Why do you think we’re talking about RICE today??  I’ll tell you: because Satan wants me to fail.  He doesn’t want me to exercise, he doesn’t want me to be strong and healthy.  He doesn’t want me to grow closer to God and my family.  He wants for me to feel pain and self-loathing.  He wants me to be fat and unhealthy.  Ultimately, he wants death for me.

He picked the wrong girl to mess with.

During my very first workout Sunday, I pulled my left quad.  Unbelievable.  I knew I was sore yesterday when I woke up and throughout the day, but I pushed through and worked out both yesterday morning and today.  Today, my right leg is still a little sore–but it’s that “I’m doing something good for my body” kind of sore.  My left quad is pretty painful, though.  I did what I always do–I googled it, figuring I was just being whiny.  According to what I read, if a quad has been pulled, they’ll be a knot in the muscle where the tear took place (check) and possibly some bruising from the broken blood vessels.  When I got home from work, Matt confirmed what I was pretty sure I already knew: my quad is indeed pulled.  The bruising & swelling are at a minimum and my plan is to spend this evening with leg elevated and to ice it down good this evening.  According to what I’ve read, I don’t need to stop exercising, I just need to take it easy on that particular muscle group.

Of all the people in the world setting “resolutions” this time of year, I’m delighted that Satan picked me to attempt to discourage.  Because I won’t be. Last year I let him get the better of me when a sinus infection interrupted “get into shape”  plans.  This year, I’m already “in shape,” and my main focus is living a “Proverbs 31” existence–the exercising is just a little added bonus.

My plan for tomorrow is to get up just like we did today (more on that later) and continue exercising to strengthen my arms.  I will, however, be taking it easy on my quad for a couple of days :).

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