Proverbs 31 Woman: What Does That Look like

“She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.”(BibleGateway.com)

So here me out. I used the message version for this scripture because I feel that it really puts the scripture in plain English. Before we move on, I want you to read the verse above, feel free to read the scripture in its entirely, but read it and mediate on it.

What revelation did you come to? When I read Proverbs 31, I realized that I was going about my morning routine all wrong. I was getting up early before work or with just enough time to get myself together before heading out, and that was it. I ended up not getting a lot of stuff done because I would be too tired after work to work on myself. And I would honestly just want to cuddle with my son after a long day.

I realized that I needed to be more intentional about how I went about my day. If I was too tired after work to work on the blog or batch content, then I needed to change how I was spending my time. In the first sentence of that verse, it states that the proverbs 31 woman is up before her family and prepares for the day.

Do you know how much stuff you can get done when you have no distractions and how much better you feel throughout the day when you get stuff done?

Amazing and probably easier to get along with.

I know that I am more patient when I not only have time to myself, but also get things around the house completed, as well as things on my to do list. Now lets take a look at the second verse.

This Proverbs 31 woman invests in land, properly saves her money, and reinvests. At least that’s what I’m getting out of this text. You see, God does not want us to be the borrowers, He does not want us to be enslaved to debt. In order to be prosperous, we need to be investing in ourselves and in our financial endeavors. The Proverbs 31 woman is prepared.

Her family is able to live abundantly because she makes a plan for her day. She makes both long term and short term goals that will bring peace and security for her household.

So, again it’s only by being intentional with our time and resources that we will be able to become like the Proverbs 31 woman. I urge you to take this time to write out a list of things you want to accomplish for the week, and each day focus on about three tasks to get done.

Of course this will only work if you get up a little earlir than usual. You don’t have to get up at 4 or 5 am, but try to get up before your household does, and see how much stuff you are able to cross off your to do list before they even wake up.

I promise, you will be amazed.

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James 3: The Power Of Your Words

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,[a] and set on fire by hell.[b] For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,[c] these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water. ( James 3, Biblegateway.com).

When you read this scripture, what comes to mind? Do you feel conviction? I know I did when God led me to read this. I am guilty of not always talking favorably of others or myself. It is extremely easy to get caught up in work gossip or even being pulled into the drama of reality tv.

We’ve got roughly two months left this year and one common theme that I have noticed this year, is how much trouble our words are getting us into. Its so easy to just run off at the mouth and say the first thing that comes to mind, its not easy to bite your tongue or agree to disagree. This also goes for the content that we put out on social media. For example, you can re share or post bible verses all day long, but if you’re constantly going on gossip sites or getting caught up in the glitz and glam of social media; are you truly getting filled with the goodness of the Lord or are you being sucked into the world?

The truth is, what you consume and choose to fill yourself on, can become the words and thoughts that you speak.

This week I want you to ask for guidance on how to curb your tongue – help to not speak words that are not of God, and then evaluate at the end of day how much more peace you felt.

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Children And Pets

Throughout my pregnancy, I had so many people tell me that I had to get rid of my pets because I was about to have a baby.

And yes – it is true- I don’t have as much time to devote to my pets as I used to, but that does not mean that they are not taken care of or being deprived attention.

I would like to dive in a little deeper as to why society thinks that you have to give up your fur babies because you are about to become a family of three.

  1. Ignorance. I don’t have any statics, but I’d wager that the average person isn’t taking their dog in for training or exercising them properly. So it is ignorance in that people believe that the dog will act out or attack the baby. I get it! These are valid concerns, but if a dog is trained, these situations can be prevented.
  2. They don’t view pets as members of the family. The trust is that not everyone views your four-legged or two-legged in the same regard as you do. For some, pets are accessories or assets that can be changed out at whim or given away when they become less appealing and more financially exhausting.
  3. It happened to them. Maybe they grew up in an environment where their parents didn’t work with the family pet and they were destructive or were always escaping. Somewhere down the line, there was some type of trauma, and animals to them are just another headache – which they can be, but so can our children.

The way I look at is that my pets are helping to shape my son into the great man that he will become. Animals are work, so our children can learn responsibility from having to take care of them. Boundaries are another huge skill that our children and some of us can learn from animals. Most pets do not attack just cause, there is usually some type of warning beforehand – everyone has something that makes them tick. From an early age, I am teaching my son to not pull or throw toys at just not us ( his parents) but also his pets. Commitment, dedication, and discipline are all traits that we look for in ourselves and in others.

What if I told you that your pet can help instill those traits.

It’s easy to just give your older dog to a shelter – out of sight out of mind- but it takes commitment and dedication to that dog to stick with them until the very end. This helps to show your child that you do not give up just because life is getting hard – there are obvious situations where you do need to throw in the towel, but that typically comes after you have exhausted all other options.

So my plea to you, is that you reconsider re-homing your pet because of the new addition in your life or future addition. Exhaust all of your options – training your dog will help you to have more patience, and hopefully your child will grow up and have so many examples of what responsibility, commitment, and dedication looks like.

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What A Start To The New Decade

We’ve officially made it halfway through the year, and I don’t know about you guys but it has been a looong year.

Between Covid and the Black lives matter movement – I am drained. Social media has helped to expose how people truly feel. It is admittedly easier to brush things off when it doesn’t affect you directly, but when you see the racism coming out from someone in your circle…

It’s been a rough beginning of the year.

I’m praying daily for not just healing in my household, but for the world entirely. I think that we are making strides in fighting racism, and I do think that one positive aspect of the internet is how quickly we can all come together.

As far as Covid goes, I ask that you all please be careful and keep the same energy you had when we first heard about this pandemic. The longer this drags out, the more people seem to not be taking it seriously. There also seems to be a misconception that some of our states are opening up because numbers are declining, this isn’t true.

So please, please be careful.

How has 2020 been treating you so far?

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Racism Is Killing Us

With everything going on in the world, I realize that I can no longer be silent about the racism that is and has been attacking my community for centuries.

Have we as a whole made some great leaps?

Yes.

But recent events just highlights how far away we are from truly uniting as one – God’s children.

All it takes is one bad apple, one worm, to spoil the whole lot. Racism is a poison that coils around and infects everyone and everything around it. It does not have an incubation period, it doesn’t take breaks, it is always there ready to show its colors and infect those around it.

Today, I am praying for my community – as a whole black people are so divided. I’m praying for our allies – our friends. I’m praying for the state of this world. There is so much hate being exposed, and it grieves me when I think of the mothers, the fathers, siblings, grandparents that have lost someone. I’m grieving for those that have lost so much in the midst of all of this.

Today, I ask that you choose peace. I ask that you join me in praying for those that have hatred in their hearts. Let us pray to our Lord to open their hearts into receiving a new way of life.

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