Nov 15, 2009

Sunday Soaking - The Perfect Me (part 2)

I am not perfect.  Are you?
I know that God doesn't really call us to be "perfect", not in the "do it, or else" sense.
I still struggle with the idea that I am NOT my best ME.

Last Sunday I shared the first half of Proverbs 31 and what it means to me, today I am finishing up on the rambling.  My question from last week was "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?"
 She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
   diligent in homemaking.
She's quick to assist anyone in need,
   reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn't worry about her family when it snows;
   their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
   and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
   when he deliberates with the city fathers.

There have to be parts of discontent that come from approaching your life calling with laziness nonchalance.  Can I say with honesty that I am diligent in my homemaking? Can others tell that I am compassionate?  Will my children grow up and BE compassionate too?!

Do I spend enough time taking care of my home that it gets rid of worry and stress?  OR does my home make me feel worried and stressed?  Do I have to hunt for clean clothes for my kids because I have procrastinated on the laundry?  Do I dress like a woman of worth, or do I dress like a SAHM?  These are all questions that flow through my mind as I read this passage.
She designs gowns and sells them,
   brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
   and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
   and she always says it kindly.

Over and over, as I read this passage, though it specifically spells out behaviors, I wonder if it is LITERAL or figurative?  In the end I think it points to specific CHARACTER traits as being the most important, the traits of diligence, compassion, industriousness, and more.  What traits do you see in this passage?
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
   and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
   her husband joins in with words of praise:
"Many women have done wonderful things,
   but you've outclassed them all!"

I would love to hear these words from my family.  Often, in my most depressed moments, I believe I will never hear them, because I am not worthy of them.  But there are things I can do.  Like stepping away from the computer, and doing the laundry. I can begin training my children to enjoy cleaning (can you teach others to like something you DON'T like?)   I want to be a classy woman!
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
   The woman to be admired and praised
   is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
   Festoon her life with praises!   

Proverbs 31:19-31

At the end of the day, it all comes down to a respect and fear of God.  Looking to Him to fill me up.  Does my life overflow with Him?  Do I allow Him to overflow through me, onto my family?  What would that look like?  What about you?  What would it look like to have an overflowing LIFE?  How would that change the environment of your home? I pray that you and I can each have lives that overflow with His LOVE!

Before I end my daily Soaking, let me say THANK YOU to everyone who follows me!  I know that it's not much but I am SO excited to get beyond 50 followers today!  It is strangely affirming!  So, you made my day! THANK YOU!

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2 comments:

  1. You go girl! Love this post,very convicting:)But also edifying:) And yes you are compassionate!

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  2. lovely post....proverbs 31 ... peh! LOL

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