Nov 8, 2009

Sunday Soaking - The Perfect Me (part 1)

The Perfect Me

Sunday Soakings

Have you ever read Proverbs 31:10-31?  Me too.  When you read it, what feelings do you experience?  If you are like me, you might feel pressure, or disappointment in yourself.  I'm not saying that I have to be perfect, it's just that I feel like I should be my best me, which I guess, in theory, would be perfect... the perfect me.

I have shared before that I am a recovering slob, and this is true.  I can at times also be lazy laid-back about housework.  I will never forget the first time my next door neighbor told me that she had to "do her chores" before she could hang out with me.  My first reaction was "WHAT?", then laughter, moved into sarcasm, finally rested at conviction (with a little help from my husband).

A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
Out of respect for my husband, I decided to spend more time reflecting on this.  Around this time, the Proverbs 31 passage continuously popped it's little convicting head where ever I went.  I read the Bible, it's there. I go to Bible study, there it is again.  I visit with a friend, she's talking about it... I started feeling like God was trying to tell me something.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.

So what does it mean?  Especially during this time of year (the dreaded busy Holiday Season). I doubt I will be up before dawn, preparing breakfast for my family... for one thing, it would be cold before anyone ate it.  I am not sure that is even what this passage is telling me.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. Proverbs 31:10-18 (The Message)

This is what I am learning.  I need to be industrious, not "laid-back"; I should be busy, not idle.  I should view my work as having value, worth, not something that takes away from my leisure.  I should be "eager" to get started.  What about you?  Do you view your house work as something that is valuable?  Do you view your daily tasks of caring for your home and family as something that takes away from your "down" time?  Do you resent the work or cherish it as a part of your calling from God?

This is what I have been learning, and just in time!  The holidays are coming and my house does not clean itself.  Each day I have been attempting to check off an item on "my list" of what needs to be done. Otherwise I fear the Holidays might sneak up on me and I will find myself scrambling.

Let me end this post with the following lines from Robert Frost's Poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Next week I will continue with the rest of Proverbs 31, and I hope you come back to read some more.  Praying for a peace-filled, industrious season for all of us! Keep Busy!

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2 comments:

  1. I feel ya, as a recovering slob, the house work can be daunting! But I like it for quite time too!Plus I went from a slob to a clean freak-so it stresses me not to have it clean. Have you read " A Mary Heart,In a Matrtha World"?It is also a good reminder of how to prioritize:) Great Post mama!

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  2. I don't mind doing the housework so much when I have the time to do it. I probably need to quit blogging and pick up the mop.

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