no. 14 and no. 15 {combo}

No, I haven’t slacked off, in fact, I’ve done just the opposite. What do you think of when you hear the phrase “To-do list”? Does it make you cringe or give you a burst of adrenaline. For me, it typically gives me a burst of adrenaline and I can’t hardly wait to start crossing things off of my list. Perhaps I have been feeling a bit unmotivated or even stuck; unaware of what to do next. I didn’t want to take on too much before N’s surgery, nor did I want to do too much after her surgery so I think I just put everything on hold {this includes laundry}. Now that we are four-plus days out of surgery and our princess is doing a lot better, I felt like it was time to pick up the load {laundry and the like} again. My helpmate {hubby}and I made a list. It energized me {reason #982 he is so good for me}.

I’ve spent the last two days getting my house in order. It feels good. I find satisfaction in taking care of the things God has blessed us with. There is a passage in the Bible that many are familiar with and I’d like to share it with you today. It is about the Proverbs 31 wife, the “Martha Stewart Model”, the “Perfect Woman” as I’ve heard it called. It is easy to read this list and feel like you can’t measure up. Today, however, I want you to read it as encouragement, a To-Do List if you will. You’ll find that a lot of what you do is already on here . . .

A wife of noble character who can find? 
       She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her 
       and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm, 
       all the days of her life.

She selects wool and flax 
       and works with eager hands.

She is like the merchant ships, 
       bringing her food from afar.

She gets up while it is still dark; 
       she provides food for her family 
       and portions for her servant girls.

She considers a field and buys it; 
       out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She sets about her work vigorously; 
       her arms are strong for her tasks.

 She sees that her trading is profitable, 
       and her lamp does not go out at night.

In her hand she holds the distaff 
       and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

She opens her arms to the poor 
       and extends her hands to the needy.

 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; 
       for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

 She makes coverings for her bed; 
       she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Her husband is respected at the city gate, 
       where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them, 
       and supplies the merchants with sashes.

She is clothed with strength and dignity; 
       she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom, 
       and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household 
       and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed; 
       her husband also, and he praises her:

“Many women do noble things, 
       but you surpass them all.”

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; 
       but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Give her the reward she has earned, 
       and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

I know it is not always easy to keep up with the demands as a wife, mom, caretaker, homemaker, business woman, etc. But I hope that today you understand that God has you where He wants you. You are making a difference, even if it gets put on hold for a few days.

Be blessed.

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