She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. (Proverbs 31:27 NKJV)
This theme of working hard is so pervasive throughout this Proverbs 31 Woman passage. This woman does not have a lazy bone within her!
And I’m starting to understand some of what “watches over the ways of her household” entails.
In the earlier years of marriage, our apartment would just grow worse and worse; the gunk in the bathroom, the cat and dog hair, the dishes. But I didn’t really take notice of these things or tend to them. Now, I can see and register that there’s a pile of mail on the desk that needs to be sifted through. There’s some nick-knacks on the dining room table that need to go. I see the beginning of uncleanness before it gets way out of hand and is shouting to be dealt with.
My eyes scan rooms more often, seeing what can be cleaned or improved. This is all quite new to me, within this past year actually.
I never thought myself to be much of an idle person, but if I’m busy about writing and ignoring household chores, I’m being idle or lazy in that area.
Sometimes, our bodies are tired. And it’s okay to take a quick break. But breaks can easily become habits that then grow into laziness so I’d say most of the time, we just have to pick up our bootstraps and get it done. It’s better anyway than letting it pile up and turn into an even bigger mess to clean later. You’re still gonna get that rest, and it will even feel better and prepare you for the next day. Pre-rests or breaks tend to disrupt sleep at night, whereas hard work with minimal short breaks or none at all ensures deep and usually uninterrupted sleep that leaves you more energized the following morning, or at the very least, with less work to do.
I’m not perfect at this yet, but the more conscious I am of it, and the more I desire to become a hard-working and diligent woman of God in all areas, the more I grow into that kind of woman.
Speaking of … I gotta get into prayer now and then get to work on this house!
Proverbs 31 Woman Prayer
Precious Father, in Jesus’ name I first thank You for Your Word. I pray I apply it to my life and walk in a manner that is worthy of You. Help me to obey Your Word and to be diligent and hard-working in every area of my life. I rebuke all laziness inside of me in Jesus’ name and proclaim the truth that when I am weak, Your strength is made perfect, and that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Help me cling to You, and strengthen me each day to do the tasks at hand. Amen.