FOCUS VERSES THIS WEEK: PROVERBS 31:13
It’s Week 3 of the Rising Up Challenge. Hooray! I’m so happy you have decided to be a part of this with me. How were Week 1 and 2? Here’s a quick link to those if you haven’t gotten a chance to look at them. In Week 1 we focused on waking up early to start the day and in Week 2 we focused on building our confidence a little. This week we’re going to continue looking at Proverbs 31, but it requires some attitude adjustment…
In Week 3, you will be challenging yourself on how you approach things that you dread to do. I know it sounds a little confusing and not fun at all; stick with me here! It’s all about development, not perfection, in discovering the woman God created you to be.
Let’s look at the chapter again from biblegateway.com with the focus verses for this week bolded for your reference:
[d] An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself[e] with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.[f]
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.
Seems to good to be true if you’re trying to look at all of this and become this woman, right? Lets keep taking these steps from the Rising Up Challenge and we can continue to develop more into Christ like people.
I have a confession this week…I really HATE putting laundry away. I don’t mind folding it. I don’t mind actually washing it. I just absolutely hate having to carry all that folded laundry to the bedrooms and put it away.
The worst part about this is I definitely express how much I dislike it. I mean, I’m basically throwing a pity party for myself every step of the way. Stomping my feet, pouting, yelling at the dog to get out of the way, the whole nine yards. It’s probably quite a site to see…embarrassing really.
Unfortunately, the more I read the Word and learn about what God describes as women of God, having an attitude like this doesn’t seem to be something He really loves. I think it’s one thing to not like to do something, but it’s another to not work willingly. For me, I think that’s exactly what this verse is explaining. Do everything with a pure heart, willing hands, and in a way that honors the Lord…even the least favorite chores.
My challenge for you for Week 3 is more than doing chores around the house. It’s about reflecting the light of God onto others by expressing how we accomplish things and how we work. It’s all about working willingly with an attitude honoring God.
WEEK 3 CHALLENGE: WORK IT, GIRL
FOCUS VERSES: PROVERBS 31:13
Here’s why I chose this verse:
- It says plain as day that she “works with willing hands.” Doing things with love, regardless of how much we despise it. It’s all about giving God the glory!
- It reminds me of several other verses in the Bible describing to work in a way that honors the Lord, such as Colossians 3:23 which explains to do everything for the Lord and not man.
Doing things we don’t love to do isn’t fun. Picking up dog poop or scrubbing the bathtub isn’t on my list of hobbies, but it doesn’t matter. Regardless of how we feel about working, whether that be in an office, at home, etc., we need to do it in a way that brings God glory. It’s not about us. I’m not saying we need to put a smile on our face and thank God for having a sink full of dishes or stack of papers to grade, but we do need to have an attitude that is more willing to do the task at hand.
I get it mama. Motherhood is exhausting. On top of that most of us have to be full time wife, maid, cook, chauffeur, personal shopper, etc. and STILL take care of more or work full time outside of the house. It’s a LOT and it’s hard to have a good attitude about all of it sometimes. But what if we tried just a bit?
Working with willing hands helps with:
- having a more positive attitude throughout the day
- getting the simple tasks done that you don’t think anyone will notice/care about has more purpose and meaning to it
- having constant connection with God throughout the day
Just a reminder, these are things that helped me personally. If you want to try something a little different to help you get things done in a way that glorifies God better, do it!
- Repeat to yourself something like this throughout the task ,”What I’m doing has purpose. I am serving God in all I do.”
- Remember that it has to get done regardless and doing it with a negative attitude or unwilling hands is only going to make it seem harder and less meaningful.
- PRAY, PRAY, PRAY
- ask God to keep you humble and provide an attitude to work in a way that honors Him best
- Positive music, notes, podcasts, etc. playing on a speaker in the background or in headphones
TIPS AND TRICKS
- Make your bed
- Sounds silly, but it’s a task that doesn’t seem to have purpose and is simple. I think it’s a good place to start.
- Have a schedule for what needs to get done and where. Put your least favorite tasks with something you enjoy doing as well. Having a balance can help!
- Pick up toys, shoes, mail, or any little clutter before going to bed. Having a more picked up room helps you to have a more upbeat attitude the next day.
- Remember your work has PURPOSE and MEANING.
- Listen to this song by Josh Wilson about not losing heart during all you do!
Week 3 is a fun one. I think it’s probably the most challenging, by far. Doing things we don’t like to do is not easy, but when we think of it as a way to serve the Lord, it can be a little easier! Remember, everything you do has purpose in the eyes of the Lord and is not pointless! Good luck this week and see you at Week 4!