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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Longing to be MORE of the Proverbs 31 woman

It's been impressed upon my spirit to make some additions to my daily life in order to serve others and to better manage my home. Since my plate is pretty full already, I know this will require three -tions: attention, intention, and meditation.  You see, too many times I've heard something from the Lord and let it slip by, unsure if it was me or the Holy Spirit. The ramifications go well beyond my own household and I just don't want to be a part of the regrets crowd anymore. It's time for Tina Gilbert to step up and glorify God a little more each day; it's time to grow. As we all know, growth is good, but it generally requires a little pruning and the shears are a little sharp.

So, I am led to study, walk, and exemplify the strength of God. In my life, when I think of God's strength, it has been generally focused on finding spiritual rest in Him, but this time, I feel a call to understand having physical strength in Him, too. I have already requested, ala WTM friends, a list of their favorite scriptures on strength, and I additionally offer this post as my request to my Blogland friends.. Do you have a go to scripture when you know you need the Lord's strength to get through the activities of daily life? My hope is to offer my life a living sacrifice, daily, and to stay awake and keep the hours of the Proverbs 31 woman,
"  She rises also while it is still night
 And gives food to her household
  And portions to her maidens."
I plan on making some dietary changes. Pretty simple really: more salad and water, less meat, way less sugar. I plan on walking more, as I'm preparing for the Appalachian Trail anyways. I plan on using my time more wisely by not over doing computer or tv time and I plan on getting myself on a pretty tight regiment of sleep (which is failing right now, as I've been up since 2:18, over thinking many things). I plan to pray for friends more, too, especially as a source of strength during chores and times of service I preform within my home. I know I will never be all encompassing of that woman who is "worth far above jewels," but I am certain I feel the urge to push forward and to proclaim the goodness of God, yet the proclamation will come less from my mouth and leadership roles, and more from behind the scenes efforts. This is not about me (sincerely...and sincerely shocking ;)). This is Completely about glorifying God through this vessel. I have long turned to Proverbs 31 for encouragement, now I turn to it as....a lesson plan for my future.
Description of a Worthy Woman
10An excellent wife, who can find?
         For her worth is far above jewels.
11The heart of her husband trusts in her,
         And he will have no lack of gain.

12She does him good and not evil
         All the days of her life.

13She looks for wool and flax
         And works with her hands in delight.

14She is like merchant ships;
         She brings her food from afar.

15She rises also while it is still night
         And gives food to her household
         And portions to her maidens.

16She considers a field and buys it;
         From her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17She girds herself with strength
         And makes her arms strong.

18She senses that her gain is good;
         Her lamp does not go out at night.

19She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
         And her hands grasp the spindle.

20She extends her hand to the poor,
         And she stretches out her hands to the needy.

21She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
         For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22She makes coverings for herself;
         Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23Her husband is known in the gates,
         When he sits among the elders of the land.

24She makes linen garments and sells them,
         And supplies belts to the tradesmen.

25Strength and dignity are her clothing,
         And she smiles at the future.

26She opens her mouth in wisdom,
         And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

27She looks well to the ways of her household,
         And does not eat the bread of idleness.

28Her children rise up and bless her;
         Her husband
also, and he praises her, saying:
29“Many daughters have done nobly,
         But you excel them all.”

30Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
         
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31Give her the product of her hands,
         And let her works praise her in the gates.

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