Proverbs 31: Known By Your Works

31 Days To Becoming A Proverbs 31 Woman

Proverbs 31:31

Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

That is kind of the ultimate, isn’t it?  Being known by what we have done.  Feeling accomplished and being praised.

As long as the work we are being praised for is God honoring and gives Him the ultimate glory.

I want others to know me by my love for the Lord.  I would desire someone to look at my life and see the love and respect I have for my husband.  I am not a perfect wife or perfect mother, at all, so I want to keep learning, growing and giving these blessings the Lord has given me my all.  Oh yes, there are days I would rather be sitting at a coffee shop, drinking a latte then scrubbing the Elmo potty chair.  But I scrub that Elmo potty chair.

Because I love my family.  (Really, why else would anyone scrub an Elmo potty chair?) :-)

Let your works praise you in the gates.  Let your love for your family shine through.  Don’t let those discouraging days get in your way of serving those you love.  We all have those days.  It doesn’t mean you aren’t good at your job as a wife or mother.  You are good at your job.  And you can keep striving to do better.  Read more, study more.  Find out what others have to say on topics you aren’t sure of.  Learn a new skill.  Can’t sew?  Take a class and learn how to.  Can’t bake?  Keep trying.  Horrible at organizing? (That would be me!) Surround yourself with information and tips from those who know more then you about the topic.  Keep learning and growing.

Some great books on homemaking: Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother,  Life Management for Busy Women: Living Out God’s Plan with Passion and Purposeand The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective.

Keep in God’s word and growing in the Lord.  Your works will be known in the gates.  The works that matter.

Do you need memory verse cards?  You can still print off Printable Proverbs 31 verse cards.

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Proverbs 31: 8 Printable Memory Verse Cards

Proverbs 31 Printable Memory Verse Cards

I thought I would make these memory verse cards to help you in becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman. It is so important to memorize scripture.  I’m not the best at it, however, having cards around your home, in your car and in your purse is a great way to stay in the Word and hide it in your heart.

I chose 10 verses from Proverbs 31:10-31 I thought would be applicable for you to memorize.  Here are the Printable Proverbs 31 verse cards.  I hope they are a blessing to you!

Should Peanut Butter Be Banned From Schools?

Should Peanut Butter Be Banned From Schools

The other day, my sweet and very thoughtful daughter commented on missing Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches (PBJ’s) for lunch.  I asked her why she doesn’t take them and she responded she isn’t supposed to have peanut butter snacks in the classroom.  I told her she can still have them for lunch in the lunch room.  (Which would explain the disappearing lunch meat.)  I know her room is a peanut free room (since there is a peanut allergy in her class). Schools across the country are going peanut free, but should peanut butter be banned from schools?

As usual, there are two sides to most stories.

Peanut allergies are growing at an alarming rate.  Studies have shown the number of children with a peanut allergy has tripled.  Peanut allergies can be so serious.  Hives, swelling, difficulty breathing and even death are some of the reactions children and/or adults can have.  Where is that line between protecting children and not taking away the rights of ALL children?  The children who don’t have the allergy should be able to enjoy peanut butter in their lunch.  Peanut butter is a CHEAP form of protein.  I know some moms can get their children to eat chickpeas and hummus on a cracked pepper flatbread.  I cannot.  My children enjoy PBJ’s in their lunches.  I like it because for $1.86 a jar and I can give my children a good source of protein for a fraction of the cost of lunch meat.

Should there should be precautions in place to protect those with this allergy?  Oh, absolutely!  If there is an allergy in the classroom, then no peanut products should be brought in the room.  Children should sit at a separate table in the cafeteria or there be a special “peanut free” section.  If you want to sit there, you can’t have nut products in your lunch.  Children can use wipes and hand sanitizer after eating.  Being careful and wise can go a long way.  All teachers should be trained with an EpiPen.  Staff should be made aware of the situation.  Children and parents need to feel school is a safe place.  If my child had this allergy, I would want to protect my child at all costs.

Now think of it this way: if we start taking away allergens that bother people, where do we stop?  I have mentioned before, I have horrible, horrific allergies.  School was so hard for me. If we are removing allergens, how about erasers?  Horrible allergy trigger.  What about the old, musty, mold filled schools which are 100 years old?  Replace them all!  Nobody at any time can wear scented laundry soap.  Everyone who will be in a classroom MUST wear scent-free laundry soap, handsoap, must wash all clothes and be free of animal fur, no perfumes of any kind and the body wash they use must be certain ones, I’ll provide a list.  Don’t bring flowers to the teacher.  Oh, and cut down all trees and plants within a 200 foot radius of the school. Absolutely NO CANDLES or air fresheners!  See where I am going here?  Where do we stop?  I have had to leave MOMS groups, rooms, meetings, whatever, because of allergies.  It is more than a sniffle.  The right triggers will make me start to wheeze, therefore have difficulty breathing and I have had asthma attacks.  I watched a friend of mine, because of triggers, have a horrible asthma attack (by the way, if you don’t know what an asthma attack is like, picture a fish out of the water).

I can’t expect the world to go scent free (though it would be helpful).  I have to accept the fact this is me and do my best to AVOID the harmful triggers.  So where do we go from here? What is the right answer? Should all peanuts be banned?   I’m not sure that is the answer.  However, would I want to protect my child at all costs?  Of course.  Two sides to the same story…

~To imagine a world without laundry soap scents floating through the air~

What is your opinion?  Should schools go “Nut Free”?

 

Reese’s Pieces Cookie Cups

reese's pieces cookie cups

Prior to making these Reese’s Pieces Cookie Cups, I think I had Reese’s Pieces MAYBE once in about 5 years.  Shame on me!  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed them.  I saw them in the baking aisle at the store and thought it would be fun to make something with the mini Reese’s Pieces.  I was right.

I was trying to decide what to do with them, when I realized they are a great fall color.  So many of you have fall parties coming up and I think these cookie cups would be a great treat.  They are perfect for kids because they are small and manageable.  I feel like my children get a treat, without eating a lot.  I made them in my multi-use mini muffin pan.  I’m telling you, that muffin pan is used often.  I will make blueberry muffins in it for a snack for school for the kids.  Perfect size.

This recipe is easy, comes together quickly, and you don’t have to be a decorating genius to frost them.  Really.  It’s easy, peasy.

Reese’s Pieces Cookie Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter or margarine (softened)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Mini Reese's Pieces
  • Orange Wilton Candy Melts
  • Hershey Chocolate Melts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375*
  • Mix butter, brown sugar, sugar and egg together until blended. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Add Reese's Pieces. Mix well.
  • Scoop batter into mini muffin pan. (About 3/4 full.)
  • Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly brown and firm in the middle.
  • Let cool.
  • Melt 10 orange melts according to package directions. Pipe orange decoration using Wilton star tip. (Or just scoop a little onto the cookie using a spoon.)
  • Melt 10 Hershey Melts. Using a spoon, drizzle melted chocolate on top of cookies.
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Proverbs 31: Being Praised For The Right Reasons

31 Days To Becoming A Proverbs 31 Woman

Proverbs 31: 30

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

As we wind down this Proverbs 31 series, I must tell you something: I have been waiting for this verse.  I really, really like this verse.  This verse is for the women out there that feel overlooked or under appreciated.  This verse goes against every thing society tries to tell us.  This verse is GOD’s word, summing up what women are to be and what we are to strive for.

Yes, go buy yourself something nice and when you go on a date with your hubby get dressed up.  The verse isn’t saying not to dress nice or look nice.  This verse isn’t saying to not be kind to others.  It is saying looks aren’t everything and can be deceiving.  Think of that for a minute, will you?  Can’t you just picture someone who is charming?  Someone who talks with a smile on their face though you aren’t really sure what is underneath that smile.

Do you know some words that are synonyms of charm? Delight, please, attract, allure, enchant, seduce.  Hmmm.

We never want our words to be deceitful.  As believers, our actions, words and deeds need to be honoring to the Lord, our husbands and to those around us.  Those who speak with fingers crossed behind their backs or out of both sides of their mouths will never be praised.  Sure, they may be praised for the moment.  They may be praised or receive awards here on earth, however those rewards will burn.  They do not matter.  Beauty is for a time.  I don’t know any 90 year old who looks like she did when she was 20.  (Even with surgery!) ;-) Beauty is vain and passing.  (This is probably a different topic for a different day but do look nice for your husbands.  They appreciate it!)  Beauty isn’t what is going to sustain you.

Fearing the Lord is what matters.  Praising Him.  Serving Him.  Honoring Him.  The rest is not important.  What a husband wants in his wife is a woman who loves God and loves him. He wants someone who respects him, who takes care of his children, who helps those around them and who serves willingly.

Charm is deceitful.  Beauty is vain.  A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Menu Plan Monday

Homemade Bagels

It has been BEAUTIFUL around here!  The temperature is perfect for a fall day.  Which is good, because we have raked more leaves already than you can imagine.  We went from a house in the country where the leaves just blow away on their own to a house in town with so many mature (and beautiful!) trees whose leaves fall, fall, fall.  There’s been a lot of jumping and leaf throwing around here! ;-)

I think we are settling into our new routine with weekly after school and church activities.  I like schedules and patterns so when I fall into a routine, I get happy. Our menu plan is starting to reflect that.  Less on the go meals (or at least more organized ones!) and hopefully some freezer meals make it to, well, the freezer!  I have to confess.  We ate out twice this weekend.  The first one was planned with family.  The second one was:

We had basketball, we raked all day, the two year old was sick (really sick), I had a cold and we were tired.

I gave myself grace and ordered from the Italian place in town.  It happens and it was good and I was happy. :-)

Breakfast

Cereal, oatmeal, toast, homemade bagels

Lunch

Leftovers, turkey sandwiches, PBJ, granola bars, carrots, apples, mini pizzas

Suppers

Chili, sweet bread (the picture is really bad–I am redoing all of my old pictures with better ones!), salad

Chicken Noodle Casserole, green beans, brown sugar biscuits

Waffles, eggs, fruit salad

Baked Pasta, sweet bread, salad, apple pie

Out to eat (we don’t celebrate halloween, so we take the kids out to eat instead. Mmmm Monical’s!)

Fill It Up Friday

Homemade bagels

Homemade spaghetti sauce (recipe to come!)

Homemade Pop Tarts