She seeks wool and flax and works with willing hands.
Cheerful. Am I cheerful when I fold the MILLIONTH sock from the laundry? What about when I wash the dishes, drain the water and then when I turn around a child is standing there with one more dish. The sticky footprint on the newly mopped floor is a favorite as well.
It is all part of the job. Imagine the job back in Proverbs day. Even not too long ago in the 1800’s, the work of women was survival based. It wasn’t as if they could run to the grocery store or have freezer meals to pull out of the freezer. They had to make their clothes, grind the wheat, and prepare the food for each meal.
We think we are busy.
The Proverbs 31 woman isn’t afraid of work. She doesn’t mind working with her hands, providing for her household and doing the usual tasks. She is willing.
Now, have you ever gone slightly crazy with the everyday tasks that we as wives and mothers have to do? The daily routine of dishes, laundry, nap times and toilet cleanings is enough to make us want to cry from time to time.
It is alright to get tired of the daily grind of homemaking. Just don’t stay in the slump.
Remember the importance of your job. Remember for whom you are cooking, cleaning and wiping the fingerprints off of the windows. You are doing it for your family. You are doing it for God. Your care of your family is honoring to God. I repeat: when you are stuck inside with 4 rowdy children because it is 14* outside and the car is snowed in the driveway and everyone is bored out of their minds; your work is important to your family and God.
Trying to remember how important your work for your family is will help your hands to be a little more willing. Not always, but it is a great reminder on those less than ideal days. Your work may go unmentioned, but it does not go unnoticed. Remember that and stay encouraged.