Proverbs 31: Don’t Be Idle

31 Days To Becoming A Proverbs 31 Woman

Proverbs 31:27

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

I know, I know.  What mom has time to be idle?!?  Well, you would be surprised.  We are probably more idle than we need to be.  The Proverbs 31 woman stays busy taking care of her household.  The cleaning, the laundry, the meal planning and playing with children are all ways to care for your household.  2 Thessalonians 3:11-For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.

Busybodies-Meddling in the affairs of others.

Ouch.  We don’t want to do that, do we?  If someone doesn’t stay busy, they can find trouble.  I mean, how many of us moms have told our children to find something to do because if they don’t, we will find something to do for them?  They get into trouble if they are bored.  They need something to do.  You need to stay busy.  Don’t grow idle.  Do your work cheerfully and with a happy heart.  I know we all need a break, but don’t sit around and wonder what to do next.  When we do, we find ourselves on Facebook reading a post that we really don’t need to read or watch a TV show we shouldn’t watch.  Don’t get me wrong.  It is good to have down time.  I enjoy “the children are in bed so I have a few minutes to myself” moments.  But excessive down time, is not good nor is it productive.

Stay busy.  Stay focus.  Focus on your family and what God wants you to do.

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Proverbs 31: Your Uplifting Words

31 Days To Becoming A Proverbs 31 Woman

Proverbs 31:26

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

You can make or break someone with your words, you know that?  Of course you do.  I’m sure you have been built up or torn down by something someone has said to you.  I could never understand “sticks or stones can break your bones but words can never hurt you”.  Yes they can.  Words cut right to the heart.

The Proverbs 31 woman speaks kindness and wisdom.  What she says builds up, encourages and strengthens.  In Titus, the older women are called to “teach what is good” and “train the younger women”.  We are called to lead by example to others around us.  Gossiping, angry speech, insulting and unkind words are not to come from our mouths.

It’s hard when we are being watched all the time.  From unbelievers who watch either with an open heart or an angry mind to a fellow Christian, we are being watched on how we act and speak.  We want to represent God and Christ.  We can’t do that if our words are hateful and demeaning.  I’ve changed a lot and have grown in my walk with the Lord.  However, I used to participate in the angry talk and gossip.  Looking back, why did I go there?  What did it gain except adding more fuel to a fire?  I’m sorry for my actions many years ago and I strive to do better daily.  It isn’t easy to always be a Proverbs 31 or Titus 2 woman.  However that is what God has called us to be.  Think of the example you can be to others.

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Proverbs 31: What Do YOU Wear?

31 Days To Becoming A Proverbs 31 Woman

Proverbs 31:25

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.

What kind of clothes do YOU wear?  I don’t mean the clothes that cover your body.  I mean the clothes you wear on the inside.  Strength and dignity talks about the character of the Proverbs 31 woman.  She has wisdom and isn’t worried for the future because her family is taken care of.

Worry, worry, worry.  That is a hard thing not to do when you have a family, isn’t it?  I mean, from the new baby coming home from the hospital (having a new life in your care!) to the toddler taking the first steps across the room, there are plenty of reasons for a mom to worry.  (And that is just the first year let alone the challenges to come!)  God doesn’t want us to worry.  We are not to be anxious for anything.  The Proverbs 31 woman knows that and relies on God for all things.  Her family is well taken care of and cared for.  She has prepared for the future.  Now, not worrying about tomorrow is different than worrying that your toddler is going to let go of your hand and dart in front of cars.  We are to take care and caution.  However, we are not to let worry consume us.

Matthew 6:34-Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about its own things.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

That is a memory verse of mine.  Sometimes I think God put that in the Bible just for me.  I quote it often!  Remember God has your future.  He knows it and nothing happens outside of His plan for you.  Why worry?  Trust in God.  Memorize Matthew 6:34 and refer to it.  Let God be in control.

10 Steps To Becoming A Better Cook-Part 2

10 Steps To Becoming A Better Cook

*If you missed the first 5 steps in 10 Steps to Becoming a Better Cook, you can read them here.

In the first part of the series, we discussed ways you can improve your cooking skills.  Here are 5 more steps:

  • Increase your cooking skills.  So you have now put green beans in the crock pot and made baked apples in the crock pot.  How about some soup?  Soup is easy to make.  This Taco Soup recipe is an open the can and dump into the crock pot kind of meal.  All you have to do is fry the hamburger.  Speaking of browning hamburger, Tacos are easy, family friendly and yummy!  That is a easy to put together meal.  Keep working your way up the cooking ladder.
  • Don’t panic, bring veggies. So you know you need to bring something, you just aren’t sure what.  The whole crock pot thing won’t work for this gathering, so now what?  Veggie trays are your friend.  Pick up some carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and peppers.  Slice, dice and don’t forget the dip.  Yes, dip.  Buy some sour cream and add some Hidden Valley Ranch packaged dip mix to it.  Yum, yum, yum.
  • Be Purposeful. Walk into your kitchen every day determined to make something edible.  Take 1 hour every day and see what recipe you can create.  A muffin recipe, maybe?  A boxed cake mix with canned frosting perhaps.  Don’t worry about being fancy or something completely from scratch.  Baby steps. If you take time out of your day, whether it is every day, or 4 times a week, you will improve your skills.  Practice really does make perfect.
  • Don’t cook alone. It is more fun with a helper. :-)  It may be more messy too, but try not to think of that.  Learn how to bake with your child.  Figure out the art of cooking while teaching it to your child.  How can you teach something you don’t know much about?  It doesn’t take much to impress a little one. (Hey, depending on the age of your child, cracking an egg is pretty exciting stuff!)  Besides, kids enjoy learning and some of the excitement might just rub off on you!
  • Be forgiving.  If you make a mistake and your roast is smoking so bad the smoke alarm goes off, don’t consider yourself a failure!!  It happens!  Yesterday, I had the “Butterhorn Bomb”.  I was trying to make breakfast butterhorns (and regular ones) for my children for breakfast and I really don’t know what happened.  The dough was like soup.  I managed to add enough flour to it to salvage it, but it was a soupy, sticky mess.  I ended up making odd shaped bread sticks.  Which, of course, got a good chuckle from the members of my family.  They still ate them.  If something goes wrong in the kitchen, try to make something of it.  You never know how you can turn what seems like a disaster around.

Did I encourage you to try your hand at cooking/baking?  Follow these steps and try it.  Maybe even tomorrow!  You never know what you can come it. :-)

Did you try making something in the kitchen?  I want to know what it is!  Tell me about it in the comments.