Are we willing to we work hard? How about the weekends when our family wants our attention and we just want to sleep in?
We reflect on Proverbs 31 which tells us... " Who can find a virtuous woman? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts in her, so that he will have no lack of gain. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works willingly with her hands. She is like the merchant ships, she brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, and gives food to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She clothes herself with strength, and strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good; her candle does not go out by night. She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretches out her hand to the poor; yes, she reaches forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes fine linen and sells it, and delivers sashes to the merchant. Strength and honor are her clothing, and she will rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue is the teaching of kindness. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many daughters have done virtuously, but you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord , she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Reference: Proverbs 31:10-31 MEV
We read ...She seeks wool and flax, and works willingly with her hands. She is like the merchant ships, she brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, and gives food to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She clothes herself with strength, and strengthens her arms...
This woman is prepared to work hard. She provides for her family. She knows how to make wise choices - meal planning, food preparation, budgeting, provision for those in her care.
Do we care what our family eats? Heathy or 'eat what you like but leave me alone'? Being organised helps us get through the week and the busyness of life.
I'm not saying you have to get up in the dark but we need to plan and allow time to get our jobs done.
Doing all yourself isn t the answer. Assigning age appropriate chores to the children, asking your spouse to help will make a difference in how you get through the week. This also prepares our children for the time when they embark on theiramazing adventure in life!
And yes, having a sleep in can be achieved. Family life is important...so too is our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health.
Living life to make a difference.