When a woman works

A wife of noble(possessing outstanding qualities)character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Here husband has full confidence in her an lacks nothing of value.  She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.  She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.  She is like the merchant ships bringing her food from afar.

She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.  She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plans a vineyard.  She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.  She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. 

Proverbs 31:10-18

I’ve spent the month of January working every free moment I could.  As my business took a leap of faith and developed software that would allow us to serve the healthcare community in a more efficient and meaningful way, the nature of my involvement signed me up for hours and hours of work to ensure this went of without a hitch.

There were hitches.  There still are.  We are working them out.  But it meant and still means that my attention and time is given to my business and other things pass by the wayside.  I was lucky in that I noticed early on this month that there are some things that you can’t leave unattended in your life when your WORK takes over but I managed to make a SHIFT in order to bring a little balance.

I did get a massage or two, I did go to the Chiropractor, I did go on a couple of dates with my husband and spent time looking in his eyes, I did sit in the hot tub with my daughter and let her talk until we both were melting, I did manage to have some meaningful conversations with the 15-year-old boy who sleeps upstairs and eats my food, I did pet the dogs and I even ate some meals.

I did not change my sheets!!!! until yesterday(gross).  I did not clean my house, my minions did their chores but that does not equal clean in my books.  I did not give as much attention to the people in my life as I usually do. I do not think that what I am doing at work is more important than these things but it is the way that it is, and when you own(by proxy) your own business, someone has to do the dirty work and you are that someone.

As I got down on myself about not really fulfilling my Godly duties as a wife and clearly being as far from a Proverbs 31 woman then I could be, I went back and revisited the verse.  I was reminded that when a woman works, it is noble and prosperous to her family.  She is more valuable than rubies.  And in this economy not much can be compared to rubies.

I get up while it’s still dark, even when I go to bed when it is darker and I have set out to attend to my work vigorously.  I have seen that my trade is profitable and although I’m not selecting wool and flask, I am making wise choices and leading our company toward a more secure future. 

Being a Proverbs 31 woman isn’t about dainty, submissiveness.  It’s about a strong noble woman, determined to work hard and to bring blessing to her family.  It’s about bringing glory to God through loving and providing for her family.  It’s about being well-known for her good deeds, being full of integrity and wisdom and faithfulness. 

When a woman works God gets all the glory and houses don’t get clean(so you might have to hire a housekeeper) and meals might not get made every night (so you might have hamburgers and pizza more often than you normally would) and families are stretched when moms tend to their wool and flax gatherings but everyone survives.  When a woman works God orders her steps and redeems her time and as she follows Him, all are blessed.

How?

How can I even count myself as one numbered with Jesus?

Isaiah 53…is how.    Numbered among the transgressors.  For he bore the sins of many and made intercession for the transgressors. Pierced by us, punished because of us, punished for our iniquity…slaughtered and slain because of us.

How can I call myself a ‘helper’ to my husband when I watch this video..I know Bo would not count herself any different then the rest of us women, but truly watching this message brought my focus to Bo Stern, the helper, the wife, blessed to be a blessing and to help her husband.

Click the link below and watch this video, of a man…tied up in the devil’s scheme, called ALS.  He was a healthy 40 plus man a few years ago, to be quickly diagnosed with ALS.  This has not stopped GOD, it has not stopped STEVE Stern, it has not stopped the STERN FAMILY.  It is only by God’s grace and for His Glory.

How you will watch this without crying your dear eyes out I have no idea, be blessed and if Steve Stern can give to someone else, who on earth will you give of yourself, who on earth will you give of what God has given you?

1W Numbered: Steve Stern

 

The Secret Life of Tracy Lynn

As the  National Anthem began to play, I stood up and turned around to cast my gaze upon the flag.   Many stood with their hands over their hearts.  I was standing in front of the wading pool and the 2nd day of my daughters swim meet was beginning.  I began to envision myself jumping to the pool and flailing around singing “Oh Say does that star spangled….”  I giggled.  No disrespect to our country or the meaning behind the great anthem we sing.

I was on day 4 with only a total 18 hours of sleep.  Typically I would have 32 hours of sleep in 4 days but  I had been on a bender…working long hours in hopes that my hard work will pay off with favor and abundance in our new efforts at work. 

I wished I could do things risky and off the wall, like jump into a wading pool during the national anthem at my daughters swim meet.  I have also had thoughts about taking an AX to the center of the table in the restaurant where a person who had betrayed me ate leisurely and saying some witty comment.  Leaving them with their jaw laying on the floor.  Or just packing up all I own and running away to a far off land, spontaneously, just because and coming home to tell the stories of the adventure.

Tonight, I just returned from spending time with my dear friend.  She reminds me that I’m loved and cared for and valuable.  She reminds me that life changes and as we have grown up from 19 years of age together to our roaring 40’s we have seen a lot and done a lot and there is more to come.  Life has meaning and although it is not the end all of our existence and God has better things in store, life is important today.

We watched the movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”.  Each scene reminded me of my mind and the places of dreaming that I go at times.  The things I think about but dare not live out.  I hears many things that the Lord was speaking to me in this movie. 

~Beauty does not seek attention.

~Moms are important and boys don’t really understand that until one day they see the value and when it counts they truly will appreciate it.

~Dreams and far out fantasy is not real and yet if you have a dream big enough and put your mind to it, you could live an adventure like no other.

~Calculated risk is important to abundant life. 

~Investing in another person’s life can look like a skateboard or a pat on the shoulder.  It doesn’t have to be earth shattering.

~Movies rarely show people going to sleep and waking up the next morning.  It is one continuous story, day after day, kind of like my life these 5 short days of 2014.

Sleep depravation will take its toll, beware.  I almost jumped in a wading pool today.

Good night.