A Study in Proverbs 31:20-24

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.  She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.  Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.  She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.  Proversb 31:20-24

 When I read these verses I think about how the virtuous woman had her priorities right.  She was a busy lady!  Not only taking care of her own home and family, but also looking out for the needs of others.  She must have been quite disciplined in order to keep her priorities in the right place.

It seems that it is so easy for our priorities to get all out whack at times.  We get up in the morning and begin our day and before we know it dinner time is upon us and we wonder where the time has gone.  Between school, work, dance, sports, music lessons, play dates, car pools, ministry, life has a way of getting so busy.  We come home exhausted, whip something quick up for dinner and then send everyone off to bed.  Where in the day do we find time to accomplish all that the Proverbs 31 woman did?

It starts with priorities.

We will always accomplish what we truly desire to accomplish.  When I decide to sit down and work on my blog or my books, I prioritize so that I am able to get it done.  I carve out a window of time to sit and write.  If I want to get my house clean, I push other things aside so that I am able to get that stubborn sticky spot off the stove and floor!! {What is that stuff anyway?!}

Friend, if we do not prioritize to spend time daily with God, it will not happen.  All the wishful thinking in the world will not get it done. If we make up our mind to get the house clean, but do not make time in our day to get it done, we will always find ourselves saying, “I’ll get to it tomorrow”.  If we long to raise our children well but do not prioritize to be consistent in training them, we will not do well in parenting.

Keeping our priorities straight can be so tricky, many times because we involve ourselves in so many other activities that we can easily lose our focus on what is truly important.  Are you like me and think, “Okay, I agree, I want to get my priorities straight, I yearn to be like the Proverbs 31 woman, but where in the world do I begin?”  My answer is simple, it all goes back to our relationship with God.  Having a right relationship with God is key to the rest of the decisions we make in life.  The Lord has said that if any of us lacks wisdom all we have to do is ask in faith, nothing wavering and He will give it liberally!! {James 1:5}

Christ wants to see us living a successful Christian life.  He is cheering us on to live the way He intended His children to live!  Victorious through HIM and what He has done for us!  Not slaves to a busy schedule that keeps us so bogged down and distracts us from Him.  No, our life and the decisions we make should drive us closer to Him.  If there is something that is keeping us so busy it keeps us away from His Word, Prayer, and/or church, that is the first thing that needs to go. At times, I don’t think we really understand just how important a close walk with Him is because if we did, oh man, how differently our lives would be!  We wouldn’t be finding ourselves trying to squeeze time with Him in, oh no, we would desire to linger in His presence longer.

The secret to being like the Proverbs 31 woman is this, keep close to Christ, strive to be like Him!  Follow His example!  This woman is simply a Christian woman who is living the normal Christian life and allowing her Lord to shine right through!

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