A Woman Who Prepares
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Recently I’ve gotten back into my planner. At the beginning of the year I get excited as I buy a new planner, I do well for the first couple of months and then I fall off the band wagon. I’ve just recently gotten back into my planner after about two months of ignoring it. But I know that we all benefit from using a planner and they are made for a purpose.
To help you plan and stay prepared.
Today I want to talk about being women who are prepared.
The proverbs 31 woman is a wonderful example of a woman of strength and virtue. A woman who is hardworking and a woman who is prepared.
She plans out her day
She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. Proverbs 31:15
This woman rises up early before anyone in her household awakes, and plans her day.
She prepares food for her household weather that is making breakfast for her husband and preparing his lunch for work. Or preparing food for her children for when they wake.
In this verse it says she gives food for her household and portions to her servant girls. She does this so that they may go cheerfully about their work as soon as the day breaks. Her servants where under her care and it was her job to make sure they were fed and ready to go out and do their work.
As woman we have people in our household that are under our care also.
As woman, wives and mothers we must get up and make sure the ones who are under our care are prepared for their day.
How we can plan for the day
1. Rise up
The first step to this is to get up, and to get up early. If you are a wife, rise up and prepare your husbands lunch for the day. Like the virtuous woman, the people under your care in your household are taken care of. Get up early not only for the sake of your household but your sake also. To be able to have some time for yourself before the kids wake up or before going to work.
2. Spend time with the Lord
This is so important in order to be prepared for our day. Spending time with God in the morning will keep us focused on Him throughout the day. Especially on those hard, frustrating days.
After I get up and pack my husbands lunch I will go into my room and start my quiet time.
Every time we spend time with The Lord we are building our relationship with Him.
For the working (outside of home) woman
If you already get up really early for work (like 5am) and don’t have a chunk of time unless it means waking up at 4am to spend time with God, there are little things you can do.
1. Acknowledge Him as you get out of bed.
2. Get on your knees and pray while you are waiting for the coffee to be made.
3. Listen to worship while doing your makeup
4. while you drive to work either worship or use that time to pray for anything that needs prayer if you weren’t able to while the coffee was being made.
6. Tape scripture on the dashboard of your car.
But if you can, wake up earlier than you normally do and make time for The Lord. Ill say it again, make time.
We are all busy so we must make a conscious decision to set apart time for The Lord. We must make time for Him.
He comes first. Yes before your coffee He should come first.
3. Plan out your day
Again, this is something you will also have to make the time for. The virtuous woman planned out her day. Weather it is reviewing our cleaning schedule or writing down the errands that need to be done or making a grocery list, do it in the morning.
She is prepared for what’s to come
She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes. Proverbs 31:21
When I read this verse, I see a woman who is prepared for what is to come. She doesn’t fear for when it snows because she is already prepared for it before it happens.
In the winter there were times that it snowed unexpectedly while we were sleeping. Snow that made us house bound until it melted. And there were times when I was not prepared. There were times when I procrastinated on going to the store thinking I had one more day, but then it snowed and I didn’t have groceries and was stuck inside.
We must be prepared for the expected and the unexpected. The virtuous woman is prepared.
How we can stay prepared
Prepare for the week (the expected)
Usually on a Sunday, I like to fill out my planner for the upcoming week. I usually use the month-at-a-glance section to plan out what I need to do and remind myself of anything that needs to be done. And then for the week section, I use it for my “spiritual” stuff.
1. Write down reminder of who you need to be praying for, for that week
2. Write down what you will be studying for that week
3. Chose a specific scripture for a specific purpose to be praying over that entire week
Of course, depending on your life it will look different than mine, but these are just some tips on how I faith plan for the week. It helps me stay motivated and on top of my time with God.
Prepare for the week (the unexpected)
The virtuous woman was a working woman. She worked from home, she worked at home, and she worked outside of the home.
My mother in law once told me to keep up with my work. To stay prepared because we never know what tomorrow will bring. We never know what will come up or what The Lord might call us to do for that day unexpectedly.
I have often been guilty of saying “oh I can do that tomorrow”. If we have the ability to do it today, then do it today. Don’t put it off until tomorrow because we don’t know what tomorrow might bring.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9
We must plan but remember God establishes our steps and how our days will really go.
She laughs at the future because she is prepared for it
Prepared for Christ
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25
When I read this verse I see a woman who is prepared for the day she goes to meet Christ face to face. A woman who is prepared for Christ’s return at any given moment. She does not fear the future because she is prepared for it
Parable of the ten bridesmaids
“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
“At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’
“All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.
“But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’
“But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’
“But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’ Matthew 25:1-12
The parable of the ten virgins or bridesmaids. Have you heard it?
In the context of biblical times, there were three parts to a wedding. The proposal, the betrothal (mutual promises are made), and then the marriage which was about one year later, when the bridegroom came at an unexpected time for his bride.
During this year the groom would go out and prepare a home for his bride and the bride would wait at her parents home and prepare herself for her wedding day. Meanwhile, because the exact time was unpredictable, the bridesmaids needed to stay ready. The groom would normally come after dark to escort his bride to the wedding. This particular groom was delayed a little more than usual. The bridesmaids job were to escort the groom to the bride.
The five that are called wise, came prepared with extra oil. They came prepared for delay and prepared to refill their lamps if it started to go out.
The five that are called foolish, did not come prepared with extra oil. They only had brought the oil that was in their lamps. The oil that was slowly getting burned away as they waited.
The foolish maidens were unprepared because they lacked oil for their lamps. Olive oil is a good representation of the Holy Spirit.
The virtuous woman was clothed with strength and dignity and she laughed at the future. The virtuous woman came prepared with extra oil because she lived by Gods word.
If we read the description of the virtuous woman in light of what was said earlier in proverbs about the Woman Wisdom (1:20-33; 8:1-36; 9:1-8) we see that this noble woman was/is a human reflection of the Woman Wisdom, who represents God’s wisdom and even God Himself. In essence she embodies godly wisdom.
We need to be woman who are filled with the Holy Spirit and received our filling daily at the least. Every time we live by the word of God we are adding a drop of oil to our lamps. We need to be woman of wisdom who come prepared and who are prepared for whatever The Lord wills.
We must be woman who embody godly wisdom and represent God in the correct manner. We are woman who are made after His image and we must reflect His image in how we walk out our lives. We are woman who are clothed with Christ’s strength His dignity and His righteousness.
Have the faith, do your part
She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Proverbs 31:27
The five foolish maidens suffered for their laziness. We must not be lazy in our walk with God. They had the faith that the bridegroom would return, but they did not do their part in properly preparing.
We must build a relationship with Him and He will be the one who will enable us and guide us to stay obedient to the daily mundane tasks of everyday life. If we become lazy in our walk, becoming lazy in making Him first in our lives, then we will suffer. And it wont be the type of suffering that strengthens us because we wont be suffering for Christ, instead we will be suffering for our foolishness.
Work for The Lord
Everyday is preparing us for the plans that He has for us. We must live everyday like The Lord is returning to come for His bride. US! We must work hard as if we were working for the Lord.
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23
We are woman who rise up for The Lord.
When we serve our husband we are serving The Lord. When we serve our children we are serving The Lord. When we clean our house, we are cleansing The Lords house. As we keep our eyes on The Lord, it makes everything else seem doable. We are not servants of people, we are servants of The Lord. But we must serve people because when we do we are serving The Lord Himself.