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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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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I Dreamed of a Lion

On the surface my dream didn’t make much sense, like all dreams seem to do. My husband and I were staying in some house with people that I can’t put a name to. For whatever reason, there was a lion in this house.

The lion was being ‘contained’ by a small fence or barrier. Similar to a baby gate honestly. And no one seemed to pay it any mind, everyone walked past, conversed, and just outright ignored it. Which is crazy right? Lions are loud, huge, and dangerous, and yet no one paid attention to this lion that was being held back by a barrier that it could simply step over, except for my husband and I.

At some point, the lion jumped over the barrier and chaos broke out. My husband and I ended up in a nursery room. I don’t know how that happened or how we got separated from everyone else, but we got led to safety while everyone else was not so lucky. To be specific, my husband and I ended up in a nursery. Somehow I knew that it was Silas’s room. Authorities showed up and the lion was put down. My husband and I were the only survivors. Silas did not appear in the dream, but his safety was never a concern during all of this.

The dream jumped around again, and I was in a hospital. My husband wasn’t with me, instead I had a horse as a companion. The entire staff was terrified, I couldn’t understand why because horses( in my opinion) aren’t scary. The horse and I shared a look, and then I woke up very confused about what I just dreamed about.

So, a couple of things that I want to address here. The significance of a lion in the bible.

  1. Isaiah 31:4 “This is what the LORD says to me: “As a lion growls, a great lion over its prey– and though a whole band of shepherds is called together against it, it is not frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor– so the LORD Almighty will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights”.
  2. 1 Peter 5:8 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”

In my dream, the lion was the enemy. He was behind this ‘barrier’ plotting when he would strike and who he would strike. In this dream, no one noticed him, but me. It was almost as if the barrier caused him to be invisible, and the more I think about it, that’s what the enemy is counting on.

The barrier here is a symbol of our distractions and the result of us underestimating the enemy.

In the bible, nearly every time a horse is mentioned, its in regards to war. So with that in mind, I seemed to be prepared to go to war after the enemy was put down. I don’t think the hospital staff was terrified of me or the horse per say, but terrified of what we ( the horse and I) were about to go to battle against.

This dream was God reaching out to me, telling me of the enemy’s plan to create hysteria, and to prepare for war. I think it is important to note that no where during my dream or my reflections, was fear apart of me, and it should not be apart of you either. I know things are hectic right now, but I urge you all to put on your armor of God, boss up in your prayer life, and don’t take on a spirit of fear, for fear is not of God.

Prayer For Monday

Dear Heavenly Father,

I ask that You are with us today as we go about our morning routines. I ask that You are with us as we are preparing to start our work week. As always, let no weapon formed against us prosper, let no lies whispered in our minds take root. Lord, we cast out fear and any negative talks about ourselves. Those lies, we cast down to our feet, and we step over them, Lord.

Lord, we also pray for those alerts that we keep receiving on our phones and in the news. Lord, we pray for the safety of our children, and that lost children will be found unharmed. We pray for this nation. There is so much sin and corruption going on Lord, but we put on our armor of protection, and drown out all the noise.

Today, Lord, I am declaring that it will be a joyful day. I am declaring clarity for this week. I am declaring that miracles will happen, and that more will turn towards You.

Amen.

The Armor of God Week One

Week one is all about sizing up the enemy and understanding his tactics. One thing that I have noticed this past week, is that there have been more ‘attacks’. This tells me that the enemy does not want me reading this book. The enemy does not want us going into the new year knowing how to use our spiritual gifts.

One assignment that the book has you to do, is to write down who is the most difficult person for you or the most challenging situation. I wrote down my mother because her approval is something that I have always sought. I don’t think she realized how sensitive I was growing up, and because I am the oldest, a lot of responsibility was placed on me from an early age. Not to say that my mother isn’t proud of me, but I grew up with this mindset that what I had to bring to the table was never enough.

The second item that I wrote down was a poor mindset. I didn’t grow up with a well off family nor did I really get to enjoy family vacations. I put money on a pedestal for so many years, and wondered why I could never keep any of it. The problem was that I put money before God. If I’m being transparent, God was always an after thought before I decided to truly commit myself to Him this year.

These two items that I have listed, my mother and a poor mindset, are actually not my problem. They may seem like it, but my issue- my fight, is with the enemy. These next few weeks, I am will be delving deeper into how to activate my armor, and attack these problems at their roots.