Can’t stick with your Bible reading?

TODAY’s SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped gfor every good work.

Every Christian woman knows how important it is to read her Bible. We all make promises to ourselves to read daily, but sometimes those promises are hard to keep as we get caught up in the whirlwind of housework, kids, jobs, and husbands.

TRY A DIFFERENT TRANSLATION: Some are better than others, and the King James Version is still said to be the one most true to the original manuscripts. Written in the 1600s, it used the language of the day, so many women find it hard to follow. The New King James Version uses modern language. The New American Standard Bible is also a good choice.

PRAY: Ask  God to give you a thirst for what is in His word.

JOIN A BIBLE STUDY GROUP: Take notes and re-read the passages at home. Read ahead to the next session.

DOWNLOAD AN APP: There are apps to remind you to read your Bible, and there are also apps that will download the Bible right onto your phone.

FIND A GOOD SPACE: Look around your home for a good place to read the Bible daily. It should have a comfortable chair and good lighting, and perhaps a beautiful view to gaze upon while you ponder what you have read.

BE ACCOUNTABLE: This is a good reason to join a Bible study group, but you can also read alone and have a friend check up on you occasionally.

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Can a career woman be a proverbs 31 woman?

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 31:24

She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:

Some Christian groups of traditional Proverbs 31 women contend that two-income couples are blurring the lines between male and female roles. They are missing the point. The economy has changed, and modern families have had to change right along with it.

Since the end of World War II, two income families have been the norm rather than the exception. Gone are the days when the father worked in a secure job, while the mother raised the family and ran the home.

A husband can easily lose his job due to restructuring, leaving the family in a dire financial position. Many couples like the security of having the second income to fall back on; they try to live on one income while they save from the other. Some families simply cannot survive on one income and need the second to help cover household expenses.

 

Even in a family where the husband makes a higher than average income, the wife might have a career she enjoys, and there is no reason why she should give it up. Naturally, her family is more important (although there may be situations when her job is more imperative) and it in no way is detrimental to her marriage or children.

These situations—as the religious groups suggest—do not imply a defect in the husband’s ability to support his family, nor do they send a negative message to him to that effect. Instead, they demonstrate the flexibility of Proverbs 31. Even if she has a career, a woman is still the heart of her home.

Where do You Find God?

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Acts 17:24

God who made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of Heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:

The Proverbs 31 woman and her family attended the local synagogue and observed the Sabbath. Although she realized the importance of belonging to a congregation, she also knew that God is within us, wherever we are.

She was able to find God in a sunrise, a sunset, or a mountain view. Can you do the same?

I love the translation of Acts 17:22-28 from The Message: Starting from scratch, He made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near. We live and move in him, can’t get away from him!

Getting Organized for Christmas

  • Do you find the approaching holidays are causing you stress?
  • Are your Christmas decorations, schedule and clutter a main part of this stress?

Take a deep breath and start with the items on this list… they are designed to give you the illusion of order, which will create the serenity you need to tackle the rest!

BEFORE CHRISTMAS

As soon as you put up the Christmas tree begin to pull gifts from their hiding places, wrap them, and let them be part of the decor.

Take away some of your decorative items and store them in the Christmas decoration boxes. That way, you will have less clutter during the holidays.

Finish your shopping early so you won’t have to deal with the shopping mall parking lots. Buy your turkey and put it in the freezer. The same with your holiday baking. And streamline the gift-giving that gets out of hand — after all, Baby Jesus only got three gifts.

DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Pick a date and decide that as of then you will be “as ready as you’ll ever be.” The most important things will be done by then. You are only one person and no one wants you to be frazzled.

Take a look at the decorations still in the box. There’s a reason you didn’t put them up. If they’re broken, throw them out. If they no longer fit your decorating scheme, or if you have no room for them, pass them along to someone who can use them.

Make room for the new gifts and teach your children a valuable lesson at the same time. Have them go through their toys, clothes, and books with you; let them choose ones that they have outgrown or no longer want. Help them donate items that are still in good condition to less fortunate children.

AFTER NEW YEAR’S

Put away your decorations with next year in mind. It may seem a long way off, but you’ll be glad you took the time to sort, detangle, and arrange things in their boxes.

Be sure your decorations are well protected. Invest in plastic totes that are waterproof. They are available in red and green so you can identify them at a glance next year.

Assign an empty box to hide gifts you purchase throughout the year.

As you think to next year, consider non-clutter and consumable gifts. Gift cards, theatre tickets, wine, tea, chocolate…

Kindness and Wisdom

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 31: 26

She opens her mouth with wisdom, 
and on her tongue is the law of kindness.

TODAY’S MESSAGE

Some wise people are not kind and some kind people are not wise. The Proverbs 31 woman was blessed to be both!

James wrote that the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. We also read that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.(James 3:17)

Perhaps the wisdom of his wife was one of the reasons the Proverbs 31 husband was so highly esteemed. He listened to her because he knew how strong she was in her heart and mind. He saw the greatness in her, and through it he increased his own. She was the kind of wife to whom he could turn for a valued opinion, or to handle his affairs in his absence.

Let us return to Proverbs 31:10, where she is described as being more valuable than rubies. The Hebrew word for ruby—paniyn—is used to describe the value of wisdom. Other verses that reflect this are: She (wisdom) is more precious than rubies; for wisdom is better than rubies; the price of wisdom is above rubies.