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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Learning To Walk

As I watch Silas take one step followed by another before falling down, I am filled with joy. Each milestone bring its own set of challenges and as parents we celebrate each one as it means that our child is healthy. Another emotion hit me as I watched him pick himself back up to try once more- understanding.

Do you realize how hard it is to get knocked down, pick yourself back up, and try again? It’s almost excruciating to dust yourself off after what feels like failure after failure. I’ll admit I don’t have any secret method or sauce to push past this, all I have is faith.

Faith that no matter what, if God placed it on my heart, then it will get done. Faith that whatever it is that I am going through, I will be able to push past by leaning on God. Faith that there is something waiting for me on the other side- something extraordinarily.

Babies have this natural faith that each step is propelling them forward. It doesn’t matter how many times they fall down, they get right back up with the same gusto as before. Somewhere in the midst of growing up and becoming more aware of the world around us, we lost that unwavering faith.

I know right now may seem like this weird juxtaposition but if there was ever a time to turn towards God and turn that faith meter all the way up, the time is now. Just put one foot in front of the other, it’s okay if you stumble, it’s okay if you fall down, just keep going, and trust in our Father.

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Forgive me: I've Been Slacking

Last year I started to write a book dedicated to how losing Troy actually led towards me having a relationship with God. It was admittedly hard to write as I decided to start from the beginning, and working through some of the trauma(for me) during my earlier years.

I don’t know if I’ve ever came right out and said it here, but I struggled with depression for sooo many years. It runs in the family and it had a hold on me for a long time. So as I was writing, I was finding it more and more difficult to continue because of all the emotions that it was invoking in me.

I came to a realization this week, that I fell for a trick of the enemy. I stopped writing a book that God told me to write because I allowed my flesh, my emotions to rule over me. Looking back I realize that if I need to cry while I’m writing my message then so be it. My readers will be able to feel the passion in my words and maybe just maybe it will save someone.

I’m giving myself a deadline and an action plan to complete one aspect of my mission here on earth. If there is something that God has placed on your heart, I urge you to make a move today. There will never be a perfect time, there will always be something that comes up.

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Coronoavirus: The Prayer

Hopefully this will be the last time that I discuss the Coronavirus on my blog. Not to say that I don’t think it is important to be in the known and take the necessary precautions, but that I am deliberately choosing to spread hope and not fear. So, today, I ask that you all join me in prayer, and remember that all you need is faith the size of a mustard seed.

Father God,

We come to You today asking for Your favor, God. Lord, we thank You for all that You have done for us, and all that You continue to do for us. How blessed are we to have You as our protector and provider. We see that people are being let go left and right, we see that the elderly are being attacked by this plague, we see it all Lord, but we have faith in You. We have faith in Your vision, and we aren’t afraid Lord, for You told us to cast all of our worries unto You. You told us to not worry about tomorrow, and that the spirit of fear is not of You, but a tactic of the enemy. We stand in agreement with You that everything will work itself out, Lord, because we have You going before each and everyone of us. We root ourselves in Psalms 91 Lord during this time, let no plague come near our homes. We pray for those that are out on the front lines, risking their health to care for others. We pray for the elderly and those that have compromised immune systems. We ask that You be with them Lord. Father God, we thank You in advance for what You are about to do for this nation.

In Jesus name

Amen.

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