“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” James Baldwin
I like it most when I’m up before the pitter patter of little feet. I like to sit and prepare before they come bounding, excited and ready to start a new day.
They usually start by telling me all about their dreams or informing me they’re hungry.
While the house is quiet, I like to set the mood. My mood.
It is a peaceful thing, a quiet house. Before I begin the daily battle that wages deep within me, the battle of self and selflessness, it is best if I start in the quiet.
I wonder if that’s what she thought. You know that girl. The one who puts us all to shame. “That Proverbs 31 Woman.”
“She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.” …but no servants found here. I’m planning my work. — and maybe it’s best if I begin in the quiet. Begging God to help me get it all done.
“She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.” because the Lord is her strength. …because he alone is [her] rock and her salvation. [Her] fortress where [she] will never be shaken.
“She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.” …because she knows it’s the only way her children will see, those people matter.
And my very favorite part…
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” …because she realizes she cannot parent out of fear of their future, or of her past.
“When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.” …only because she pauses. breathing quietly and deeply before she responds, perhaps?
“She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.” …because she runs one more time at the cry of help, bends down one more time to pick the little one up, and sits to read… just a little bit longer.
“Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.” because he knows, this job of being a mother—will keep her close to the heart of God.
So, they tip toe out, into the darkness of early morn one.by.one.
And then your sweeties little baby joins the two of you…
and the list goes on,
I wonder- if the Proverbs 31 Woman of today would have been able to explain herself- would she have said things like,
“Yeah, it’s super, duper hard some days and I just need my Fathers help over and over again.”
because she knew, one day she’d be old and grey. If we caught up with her years later after her hands worn from years of love and hard work, would she have told us, “I realized I was raising generations when I loved my little ones so it was worth the fight. I knew the love I gave today would impact them forever. I knew I was shaping generations to come.”
Because when we love them, they’re learning how to love forever, right?
Our children, our students in a classroom, our neighbor, the neighbors kids… whoever we talk to, share life with, share stories with. If we’re showing, living, and talking about love. Wow. What a difference that can make.
Are you a part of the 14 days of simple love challenge? Where we love simply, in some way — each day? Knowing our little bit of love can make a big difference. But wait! It gets even better! The great news——>> When the person we loved goes and loves someone else, all because of the love we showed them? Well, that could change the world.
Leading up to Valentine’s Day why not love, simply each of the 14 days? Besides, why save big love for only one day, right? Here is how it works:
Everyday there will be a new simple way to love posted here. Each day you use that simple love idea and run with it. However that way is possible for you- do it!
Everyone is looking for someone to love them. And the more we love, the happier our little hearts are.
“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread” – Mother Teresa.
Today’s simple love: Give Instruction With Kindness.
“Her words are wise and kindness is rule when she gives instruction” Proverbs 31:26
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.
Loves today and always,
“Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.
Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar. She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night. Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes. She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns. Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders. She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants. She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her:
“There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.”
Proverbs 31:10-30 NLT
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