Day 11: Now it’s time to dig Deeper!
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
Yesterday we touched on Proverbs 31:13, ‘the not afraid to hustle woman.’
The woman who by any means necessary, she will find a way to provide for her family. No matter how dirty the job, she will do what needs to be done around the house, outside the house, and for the house. This woman is not a pampered princess who waits for prince charming to deliver the goods on a silver platter. All the while waiting with perfectly pedicured toes, a free mind, pretty hair on her lazy bum–so not a hustlers mentality.
She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
Basically this verse is speaking of being creative in what and how you prepare meals for your household. Putting a little imagination into what you cook in your house. Change up the routine a bit. Every night is next to impossible for the ‘everyday’ working woman but dedicating at least one day a week to trying out new recipes couldn’t possibly hurt. Think about it in this light, once you introduce something new to your schedule, it will become routine-a force of habit.
The text from http://www.letgodbetrue.com/proverbs/commentaries/31_14.php, it broke down what we should do as virtuous women in the kitchen. It spoke on eating out, shopping for sales, preparing easy meals, and so much more. In a way I could easily disagree because at times I just don’t feel like cooking. I have worked hard and cooking is the last thing on my mind. Not to mention that my husband can slay in the kitchen so I enjoy the meals he prepares but I don’t necessarily think that makes me slothful.
We easily come to an agreement when it comes to meals so I don’t take offense to the breakdown of the scripture as some other people may. The purposely slothful females, well I don’t know what to say.
It’s evident the generations of women have changed over time. In the bible, the women are often referred to as hard-working, child-bearing, home makers. They would not only bore the children, they would man the fields, fetch the water, wash the clothes, tend to the crops, and then handle their business for their husbands later after they ran their bath. 🙂
The next generation was ‘seen and not heard’ women. Stepford wives, if you must put a definite handle on it. They were soft-spoken, poised, dressed to the nine, and kept the house. Working was absolutely out of the question unless it had something to do with gardening.
Times got hard, men realized two incomes was better than one so then they were willing to let their wives work. Mostly in a domestic capacity but the point was to bring more money into the house to make ends meet. (This may factor in race so no offense is intended) In the eyes of some, women were born domesticated so it was only proper to work with the talents that came easy. Right? <blank stare>
Once Civil Rights and Women’s Rights came into play, the motto was whatever you can do I can do just as good, if not better. (BOOM rockets were launched) Although the sentiment is true, everything changed from that point on. Now not only was the world divided into a race war, now we have a sex war that started to attack the home.
On and on, the generation of women have diminished from hardworking all about hustlers to a watered down version. No I don’t mean all women but somehow the original design has been tampered with by too many outside influences.
If a woman works full-time, 40-50 hours a week, it’s next to impossible to think about meals every day. Notice the keywords, next to impossible. Now with all the inventions of slow cookers and other gadgets, anything is possible. Either way a house can only run smoothly if the heads work together. A house divided can cause the whole deck of cards to crumble.
As the bride of Jesus Christ, what will you give Him today? Will you settle for convenience, like a slothful wife – hurried Bible reading and a quick prayer? Or will you meditate carefully, pray fervently, praise gloriously, and obey faithfully? Learn to hate religious routine – a mere form of godliness. Do not be a lover of pleasures more than a lover of God. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12; II Pet 1:10).
The bible referred the church as a body to the bride of Jesus. A virtuous bride is not slothful and on the look out for convenience in her giving to her husband. She is diligent and creative in expressing herself with every step she takes, with every goal she sets, and every move she makes. She is determined to bring no shame upon him and wants above all to make those that depend on her faithfulness, proud.
Are we doing all we can or is there yet more to give?
Pray for me and I will pray for you. Invite others to share in the good news, fellowship, and learning experience.