We are in the midst of a new series for wives (and future wives) based on the ideal wife of Proverbs 31. It is both fun and challenging to look at this passage verse by verse and then examine our own lives and look for practical ways to apply these timeless principles. Please join me each Monday for the next 16 weeks as we examine the character and wisdom of this noble woman and learn how we can each become a Model P31!
She also rises while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
~ Proverbs 31:15
~ Proverbs 31:15
The excellent wife doesn't lay in bed until noon! She rises early and wisely invests the most valuable hours of the day!
She rises before the sun, so she can start her day with the Son! She nourishes herself with physical and spiritual food, so she can share physical and spiritual nourishment with her family! Then she wisely plans her day, dividing up the tasks to be completed and assigning them to her servants.
I love how the Amplified Bible translates this verse:
She rises while it is yet night, and gets [spiritual] food for her household, and assigns her maids their tasks.
The virtuous woman realizes that she can't serve her family, manage her home, and be a shining light in her community without spending time in the presence of her Lord first! She has to prepare her heart to serve and strengthen herself for the day ahead. The joy of the Lord is her strength!
After being nourished spiritually, the virtuous woman is ready to nurture her family! In Biblical times, one of her daily responsibilities was to grind grain, then knead and bake the daily bread for her household. After spending time with the Bread of Life, she was up to the task!
Modern day P31s also need to learn the discipline of rising early, so we can spend time in the presence of our Lord, receiving spiritual nourishment and strength for the day's challenges. Since we are the Lord's bond servants, He may assign us our tasks for the day, just as the excellent wife assigned tasks to her servants!
Rising early provides a peaceful time to prayerfully plan our days, so we can be more productive and organized. As we consider what must be done that day, we can assign tasks to our servants. What? You don't have servants? What about your vacuum cleaner, your washer and dryer, you mixer, your crock pot, your food processor and bread machine?? And what of the eager helpers in your home? My children expect to see a job list most mornings! :)
Rising early and redeeming the time by starting our mornings in the Presence of the Lord, praying over our days, and planning our days based on our priorities, will help us be productive and peaceful! This proactive approach lends calmness and order to our days, making us feel more serene and prepared to tackle the unexpected. (And every day has its share of surprises!)
Especially for Single P31s:
Single gals can begin to establish a life-long habit of rising early. It may seem fun or "more cool" to stay up late, but research suggests that the hours spent sleeping before midnight may be twice as effective as the hours after midnight. The younger you start disciplining yourself to form habits of "early to bed, early to rise" the better! Also, you are at the ideal stage of life for establishing a daily quiet time and for learning to spend time in the presence of the Lord each morning. If your mornings are wisely invested, it can affect both your attitude and your productivity all day long!
Project P31, Mission #5:
Your mission for this week is to plan a realistic rising time, adjusting your bed time as needed. Then set your alarm and discipline yourself to actually get up early each morning! Once up, follow a plan for your morning that includes spending time in the presence of the Lord, planning and/or preparing the food for the day, getting your "servants" started early, and based on your calendar and your priorities, wisely planning your day. If you need help establishing a good morning routine, check out my friend, Judith's, post on Creating the Perfect Morning Routine.
And remember . . . "An ounce of morning is worth a pound of afternoon! :)
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