Let’s make this clear right now: I am no Proverbs 31 woman. I’m not even close. There is a pile of laundry that’s been in my dryer for 3 days waiting to be folded. There are (tumbleweeds)hairballs in my floor. And I’m pretty sure the toilet needs cleaning.
Yep. I’m that kind of mom. I feel like I’m drowning in my own faults and issues sometimes, but I’ve discovered a secret.
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You’ve probably heard of the woman from Proverbs 31. She’s pretty much the model woman for every Christian woman. If you’ve never read it, go now and read it. If you’re not used to reading the bible, this version of Proverbs 31 will be easy to read.
So, she’s basically a superwoman. She wakes up early and makes breakfast, then burns the midnight oil. She’s a seamstress, vineyard owner, fashionista (linen, purple and scarlet!), and real estate mogul. Her husband is respected in the town and her kids actually call her blessed.
But guess what? I’m writing this to tell you that you, yes, you in your pjs with me, can be like our Proverbs 31 friend.
Did you notice verse 27? She has help around the house and makes sure everyone in her household stays busy. Some tired mamas use this verse to feel okay about asking for help around the house. (Yes, you can be a Prov. 31 woman and hire a cleaning service!!) But, I can’t hire a cleaning service. Not this week.
So, I thought, “What is my version of this verse? How can I use this concept of keeping my household busy, even without maids or a housekeeping service?” First, I can keep my son busy. It’s good for him to stay busy (and that doesn’t mean being busy watching Paw Patrol…even though I wish it did). So, my first job is keeping him busy.
But, back in the day, I bet those maids would be doing the jobs that took the most time. They would be cooking, washing, and cleaning. I’m sure they were cooking all day long since everything was from scratch. And I’m sure it took them forever to get their clothes clean. And the house. How did they even clean things back then without magic erasers (click here to read why you’ll never buy Mr. Clean magic erasers again) and cleaning wipes??
So, my very own practical this-day-in-age Proverbs 31 woman translation goes something like this. I have a maid to wash my clothes. It’s called a washing machine. And I have help to cook dinner. It’s called a crock pot or an oven. And I have someone to wash my dishes. It’s called a dishwasher. And I feel crazy blessed to have a robot vacuum to clean my floors.
–Can we just stop right there to get a moment of prayer for all the robot vacuums out there. I used to walk around in socks, only to sit down for 2 seconds and get a ton of fuzz or dust bunnies all over our couch or ottoman. No more! My little robot vacuum has taken care of all the problems that come with dirty floors (like dirty furniture and dirty clothes).
And if I can keep all of my “helpers” busy when there is work to be done, I can be just like superwoman, too! It’s really hard to be behind on chores when you always keep your machines going all day until the work is done. Sure, you have to take about 5 minutes to empty the clean contents, but anyone can squeeze 5 minutes out of their day.
Having all those things taken care of frees me up to be even more like our friend. Because now, I have the time and freedom to take care of my family in other ways. I can spend my time clipping coupons or making something we need instead of buying it or even working on a money-making project like blogging.
It’s a hint of wisdom paired with practical application that keeps my life in more order now more than ever before. Life is easier because I am trying to be more like the Proverbs 31 woman and it isn’t even that hard. That’s like a triple bonus right there!
Even though that laundry isn’t folded yet. Well, at least my dishes are clean.