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{Guest Post} Darlene from Time-Warp Wife…She Watches Over the Affairs of Her Household

Today I am honored to have my dear friend, Darlene from Time-Warp Wife, guest posting for me today! Darlene is a sweet blogging friend who lives in Canada and has the biggest servant heart I know!!! She is always willing to lend a helping hand and is soooo talented as a writer and also a graphic artist! I love the practical wisdom she shares on marriage, parenting and housekeeping….make sure and check her out! Ohhh and did I mention she is a New York Times best-selling author???? Yeah, she’s that too!
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Has there ever been better direction for time-management than that which comes from, Proverbs 31? I’m reminded of one popular rule in dieting, “Don’t waste calories by diving into the bread basket.” Here, the same rings true about life:

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. ~ Proverbs 31:27, KJV

My job as a keeper of the home is to watch over the affairs of my household. This means that I need to engage myself in the home, watching over the affairs of each and every person therein. Where are my children? What video games are they playing? What books are they reading? Who are their friends? Is anything troubling my husband?

These are a few of the things we notice when we’re actively involved with the family. With one look my husband can tell when something is bothering me, and I can tell in a split-second when Nathaniel is guilty about something. The more face-time (and I’m not talking about iPhones here) I have with these people the more I’ll understand their needs and how fulfill them.

The thing is, moms are busy. There’s no doubt about it, but yet I see some incredible moms who manage their house well, raise God-fearing children, have a great marriage, and still find time to write books, take classes, run small businesses, or work outside the home–the Proverbs 31 woman was a prime example of that. But how is it possible for anyone of us to do it all and still be engaged with the family?

It isn’t. There isn’t one of us who can do “it all,” but we can manage to get a lot done when we put our affairs in order. That’s where the second part of this verse comes in when it talks about eating the bread of idleness.

Consider the old saying, “There’s a place for everything, when everything is in its place.” While that’s true, I’ll also add this, there is no place for anything when junk is in it’s place. I can’t find the space to put my bath towels when my hall closet is packed with sewing supplies dating back as far as 1992. I can’t find room for soup ladles in a drawer that’s accumulated broken and useless utensils for the past 23 years.

We can visualize this problem when it comes to the drawers and closets in our home because the stuff eventually starts to fall out, but it’s a little harder to see when we’re talking about the closets and drawers of our life. What I mean by this is that the storage spaces we refer to as “time” tend to fill up with phone calls, watching television, browsing the internet, hanging out our friends, being over-committed, sitting out in the sun, over sleeping, and the like.

Any one of those things are okay, but just like anything else, they can add up to cramped spaces. The question to ask yourself is what is most valuable to you? Prioritize faith and family first– the rest will fall into place. Be willing to shed some “idle bread” and you’ll free up valuable space in your life.

You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene

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Darlene is an ordinary mom, living an extraordinary life, because of who she is through Jesus Christ. As help-meet to her husband Michael, she guides and nurtures their four children, leading them toward a deeper walk of faith.  She is a New York Times best-selling author through the book she co-authored with actress Candace Cameron Bure titled, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness.  You can find her blogging at Time-Warp Wife where she empowers wives to joyfully serve and on twitter.and facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

The Proverbs 31 Woman- Week 10

 

Welcome to week 10 of our 14 week study of the Proverbs 31 Woman!!! I’m sooo glad you’re joining us!

This week we are going to focus on verse 27.

Proverbs 31:27

She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

 


(If you are seeing this in a feed or email- click here to see the video)

The above picture was taken this past week as we celebrated my middle daughter’s 5th birthday. Addie loves any and everything princess…….so of course she wanted to celebrate her birthday with a princess party! As I was preparing for her party I began to think about the Proverbs 31 Woman and verse 27….she was watchful over her family. She spent time investing in their lives.

She knew their likes and dislikes.

She knew what made them “tick”…..she knew their weaknesses and their strengths and because of this knowledge, she knew the wisdom she needed to speak into their lives.

As I discussed with Addie what type of party she wanted I was given the opportunity to talk to her about her favorite topic….princesses. We talked about how pretty the princesses are but how outward beauty is not as important as inner beauty. We discussed what it means to be pretty on the inside and why that’s so important. We talked about her favorite princesses and the inner beauty each princess had. But most importantly we talked about how one becomes a princess. A princess is a girl who is the daughter of the king…. that when a girl asks Jesus into her heart she too becomes a princess. We talked about what that means, what sin is and why Jesus came to die for our sins.

This week as I was getting ready to celebrate my daughter’s birthday I was reminded how important it is to slow down, to invest in personal one-on-one “facetime” and find time to connect.

The Proverbs 31 Woman knew the needs of her family because she was watchful of them and because she didn’t eat the bread of idleness.

When we take our eyes off glorifying God and off our family’s needs, we can be tempted by what we see. When we start paying more attention to what “She” is doing or what “She” has…..we open the door to jealously and discontentment. Even in our “downtime” let’s make sure it’s productive and feeding our minds, hearts and souls well! Read an inspiring book, take time to call a friend on the phone and encourage her, or make something with your hands that you enjoy and that can bless your family or those outside your home!

What the Proverbs 31 woman isn’t doing is watching TV or Facebook status updates- she’s watching over the affairs of her household.

Remember, YOU are irreplaceable in your home – never forget that!

Your watchful eye and diligence will make your home a pleasant place for everyone who comes through your doors.

Look around where you sit – has your home been neglected?  Do you know what’s going on in your husband’s or children’s lives? Make a point today to invest in your home and in those who live in your home! You are irreplaceable my sweet friend and they NEED YOU!!!!

Week 10 Challenge: Make sure to spend time together around the table this week and ask each member their “High” and “Low” for the day…..spend time discussing what each person shares. Also, pay attention to how you spend your down time….is what you’re watching, reading, listening to helping your walk with Christ or hurting it? Are you growing in wisdom because of how you’re spending your time?

 

*To find the videos from weeks 1-9 click here .
**To find the Proverbs 31 Bible reading plan – click here and begin Week 10 today.

 

Now it’s your turn, how do you put Proverbs 31: 27 into action?

 

Love God Greatly!

 

 

 

 

Ohhh and just in case you’re wondering if that baby in the middle of the picture smiles……yes she does…….a lot actually!

 

 

 

 

 

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