Well it’s a sad week this week in the Mummy Meditations Community as we said farewell to the lovely Naomi from The Organised Life Project. Naomi has been writing summary posts, prompting discussions and walking alongside me in this for the last two years, and was a light in my time of darkness. I will certainly feel lost without her for a little while, so bear with me! I pray amazing blessings over Naomi as she pursues new things in her life, and I know she will still be meditating alongside us all with our weekly verses!
This week we have been pondering on this verse:
“When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.” Proverbs 31:21-22
Was anyone else in the Girl Guides when they were younger? I was a rainbow, brownie, guide and then eventually became a leader too, before giving it up when I had my kids. The motto of the Girl Guides is “Be Prepared”, and this week that phrase has kept coming back to me in regards to this verse. At work I also get told that if you “fail to prepare, you prepare to fail”, and so we still live in a society where preparation is key to success and survival.
With this recent cold snap (who actually had snow this week! God must have known we were studying this verse and sent it to make us smile!) I am aware of how unprepared I actually am for winter. We just moved into a new house and we haven’t sorted the heating or unpacked the woolly hats. It has not been a fun (or warm) few days and we are suffering because of it.
As I thought about this quality of being prepared, lots of you told me how you prepare for your families – from buying clothes in the next size up, to taking extra snack with you everywhere, meal planning and having alone time to prepare mentally and spiritually. This got me to thinking how can I make sure I am FULLY prepared in every way:
–Physically – I am thinking of all the things that my family will need today/tomorrow, in the next week/month, next year or season? How can I change the way I do something so that it feels organised and prepared rather than a rush and a stress? The Proverbs 31 wife had her bed coverings ready before the snow came, so lets try to be ready before things hit.
–Mentally – Do I spend time going through my diary/calendar and mentally preparing for what lies ahead so I know what to expect? Do I get rest when I need it so that I am not stressed out when things come up?
–Spiritually – Do I pray over each day/week/season, spend time with God and prepare myself spiritually for the battles that each one will bring? Am I reading up on godly ways to approach situations before they arise so I know how to deal with the biblically (e.g. reading up on teenage years before they come, or Halloween before it arrives)?
The words “no fear” also stood out to me this week. The result of all that preparation, physically, mentally and spiritually, is that we can face any situation knowing that it is in the bag, it is handled, it is sorted. We don’t need to be afraid of what will come anymore. And in a world of stress and busyness and a million things to do, isn’t that a great feeling to have?! Don’t you feel on top of the world when you walk back into the house after a successful school run where everyone had the uniform laid out, lunches prepared, backpacks ready, consent slips pre-signed and ready to hand in? Doesn’t it feel amazing when you know all the Christmas presents are bought and wrapped well in advance? Doesn’t it feel the best when your kid asks you a question about something and you can answer it really well because you’ve already read up around it?
Our God is a God of love, not fear, and so he wants us to live in that place where we are walking with him, fully prepared for what comes ahead and trusting in God that he can deal with anything else that comes our way.
dressed to impress
Now, whilst this week God has been impressing on me how important it is to prepare, I know that this verse also talks about what we wear. This woman dresses herself and her family well (if this is Bathsheba talking to Solomon then that would be expected of a Queen!), she dresses for the job that she has been given. Sometimes we forget that how we dress affects how we feel and how we are perceived by others – Bathsheba is highlighting that others will make judgements about Solomon’s future wife based on her dress and so he needs to choose a woman who can dress appropriately.
I don’t know what jobs or positions you hold, but perhaps this week is a week to contemplate how what we wear impacts us – our mood, how others perceive us, our role in the family. I would love to know if God has revealed something more on this part of the verse to you!
Over the coming week we will be studying and meditating on the following verse:
“Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.” Proverbs 31:23
I do hope you’ll join me and our amazing community of mums over on Facebook to discuss this more during the week!
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