Proverbs 31 Woman — Part 18

She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.

(Proverbs 31:27)

LORD Jesus we praise You for creating us. You know everything that went on, is going on, and will be happening in our household. We praise You for You are our Strength. Whenever we are weak we can come running to You and ask for help. You will never leave us nor forsake us. Hallelujah! Give us the wisdom, O God we pray, to hear Your Word, to seek Your Counsel, to delight in the law of the LORD. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

What kind of an example the virtuous woman sets here! She keeps busy and always looks well after what is going on in her household.

READ — Let’s read today’s verse again

She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.

ENGAGE — What does the verse say?

What is the virtuous woman watching over?
(the ways of her) _____

What type o bread does she not eat?
(the bread of) _____

The virtuous woman knows that her role is crucial. She knows that she is playing a vital role in keeping the family together and her household running. She acknowledges that this is such an important God-given responsibility, and that there is no time to be wasted.

APPLY — Think: How does this apply to you?

How do you look at your role as a homemaker?

DO — Think: What are some of the ways you could apply this verse?

What are you looking for? Being worth it, finding fulfillment, and playing an important role? The world tells you that you will find these things mainly outside your home. Is that true?

I love what John MacArthur writes. Listen to this:

The home is the domain where a married woman fulfills herself in God’s design.

So you see that, being a woman, you are not worth less (or more) than a man. You are not second class, but your role is quite a different one. It’s not just that you happen to work in your home, but you are looking well after it. How?

Plan ahead of time: what needs to be done on a daily/weekly/monthly basis? Make a list of the things and do not be afraid to ask your family for help. It’s called teamwork and it will build the family ties.

Working according to a weekly schedule will also prevent you from becoming idle. You do not need to plan every minute of every day, but keep certain slots that are solely devoted to your husband, to your children, and to your whole family.

You are the “queen of your castle.” Your home should be a warm, cozy and safe place for your family and any guests. It’s not all about clothing and food, but also about finding someone there who cares.

Let me close by asking you this important question: Who will you let define your role?

Go to God’s Word and see what He says.

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