Hello, all! I hope you are well! Things are slowly beginning to pick up around here as school starts back soon. Teachers, students, and parents all know the dreaded, “Time to start getting up early again and getting back into the routine!!” mentality. It’s hard going cold turkey on sleeping in until 8 or 9 in the morning! But grace gets us through it and I wish many happy, joyful mornings ahead of you. 🙂
Here are all the goody links to the first three sessions and their workbook pages. If you’re new, you can just jump right in and go back to the beginning later, or go back to the beginning on your own. Also, free printable workbook pages are available to you, but those too are not required. Only if you’re a journaling kind of gal. Things are not strict around here. You are welcome to do however the Holy Spirit guides you. 🙂
Today, we are chewing on Proverbs 31: 19-21. These three verses are packed with goodness that should be so present in the Church, that the two ideas are hardly separable. Invite the Lord in now so you can see what He wants you to see in these verses. While resting in between lessons, challenge yourself to assess each of these characteristics in your life and those around you. The best part is, if you are lacking, God has more than enough for you. 🙂
She extends her hands to the spinning staff,and her hands hold the spindle.
Spinning thread and material was part of a woman’s job in biblical times. No matter the method, whether it be a spinning wheel or drop-spinning, it required the use of both hands, and some significant time to get the job done. For us, it is clear to see the encouragement that we should be investing ourselves wholly into whatever is placed before us. Furthermore, not only working hard, but investing the time. Any job well done takes time.
Wow. Here, Paul and Timothy are calling out some brothers and sisters in Thessaloniki who pranced around pretending to do some hard work, but were actually not committed, and as a result they became hindrances to those who were actually working hard.
How many times do we do this, unbeknownst to ourselves and others? I have done this in my own church. Some time ago (a long time, now) I said “yes” to a ministry offer, but really, in my heart, I didn’t want to do it. So, I trudged in ready to do what had to be done, and then weeks later, dropped out. I had provided some service for people, fueled their hopes only to leave them dashed on the rocks all because I wasn’t committed. I have since repented of this and I believe that some seeds were sown despite my unwillingness to serve. God is so good. Despite our unfaithfulness, He still works in mysterious ways. Let us pray today that we commit wholly to wherever and whatever God asks of us. We are not afraid to work hard, get dirty, and have fun!! In your prayer section, write down a short prayer regarding your passion and commitment to Him.
Her hands reach out to the poor and she extends her hands to the needy.
This is SO straightforward. Whether it be a godly wife, a person, or the church, bringing the richness of the Gospel to the poor and needy is our life’s greatest mission when we aim to be like Jesus. The verbs here are “reach” and “extend”. These are not things that are done with ease or in our normal, relaxed range of motion. We are straining, using energy and strength when we reach for something or extend our arms and hands. Imagine extending your arms for a hug from a child, reaching for that delicious plate of food, straining to reach the item on the highest shelf, trying to catch your pet when he/she runs off with your favorite shoe…..these things are focused, intentional, and purposeful. Let us be aware of those who are in need around us. When we offer encouragement to someone in need of joy, hope, grace, love, patience, peace, or any other fruit of the Spirit, it is for us too! Proverbs 19:17 says that “whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.” What a promise! Write a prayer about how you could be aware of how to serve others who may be inside or outside the church.
She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all her household are doubly clothed.
I really like this verse. Like some earlier verses, we see that this can be interpreted in many ways. Oh, glorious Author of Our Lives. While you are welcome to pray about this in any way you feel led, I am going to address it’s significance in individuals and relationships. In short, this verse says that she is prepared when potentially hard times arise. We as Followers of Jesus can store away His promises to draw upon when trials or troubles come our way. Jesus himself taught in Matthew 6:19-21 “19 “Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.“
Let us store up and hold captive things that matter. Things that will last. Things that matter. Our Father and the One Who Loves Us. When you invest in things that never die, you will be blessed and bless our Jesus. (Psalm 119) Pray today that our memory verses and scripture study are always in our hearts and are imprinted in us.
Thank you again for joining me! Please feel free to leave a comment in response to what you’ve studied today or just say hello! Your response has been just wonderful, and I pray I can continue to serve you by connecting with you instead of just absently seeing you as a number on a screen. I can’t wait to see more beautiful faces. 🙂 Be blessed!