Today is a rainy Monday morning. My bed is as yet unmade. Today is the first day that I have had at home in a while, so I am still in Pyjamas. I’ve had two cappuccino’s already. Mmmm Coffee.
It feels so luxurious not to have be anywhere at this moment.
My plans today are to zip around and do some housework, then get ready, go out to pick something up from the shop and visit a friend.
I have been up since before 5am. Cleaned up after 3 dog’s. One puke and two poops. Ahhh the joys of a cute little puppy ..
This is a slow morning so far.
Most other day’s it’s waaaaayyyy busier. Full time employment, running errands, picking up and dropping off kid’s. Early morning loads of washing, sewing a button back on .. Work, bring in the washing. Passing your husband in the doorway before kissing him goodnight as he has to get up at 3 am. Oh yeah … At some point making food and stopping to eat it. Church, Bible study and a host of appointments squeezed in.
I know that it’s the same for all of us. It may take the shape of being a young Mum with a new baby and very little support. Or you may be an executive with many staff to manage. You might be a Grandmother baking for family or a local community centre or your Church.
Each of our contributions are so amazingly valuable.
When I was a young Mum, I read Proverbs 31. I read it with fear and trepidation. I could NEVER, ever measure up. I was doomed before I even started .
To be completely honest – it actually put me off the Bible for a time.
Who was this Superwoman who could shop till she dropped ? Up preparing breakfast before dawn .. organising her day. Dressing early for work .. Looking at property and purchasing it. Working long and hard … Rolling up her sleeves and mending clothes. She even makes her own clothes ! She designs clothes and sells them. She only speaks when she has something worthwhile to say ! (I wish) … She keeps an eye on her family.
This woman. Super, fantastic, amazing woman ‘is to be admired and praised’ And ‘she lives in the fear (aka respect) of God’ .. Proverbs 31:30
Now .. At a few weeks off 52 (married at 18, Mum at 19, two kiddos by 21) ..
A new light shine’s on this Proverb and this Super-Hero-Woman that seems an unobtainable fairy tale ..
Hear this LOUD AND CLEAR. …
You are her ..
I am her ..
There is some of her in all of us. She’s a mash up of womanhood.
She’s NOT one woman. She’s all of us. In the role that God has placed us in.
So thank God today for your role. Do it to the best of your ability. Encourage the other women in your life. Pick each other up, pray for each other.
Don’t be afraid and guilt ridden.
We must allow God’s holy spirit to remind us that we don’t have to be perfect.