This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the annual Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes.
The prompt word for today was supposed to be WARDROBE, but I’ve decided to “call an audible” (as in when football players change the plan in mid-play). We can’t discuss what we wear before we discover who we are.
So… today, the prompt word is going to be YOU. Go!
// The Proverbs 31 woman―you either love her or you hate her. She will either inspire you to greatness, or she will remind you of your weakness.
Rising early, working late? No thanks. I can’t compete with that. I am definitely not a morning person. Does that really mean that I’m NOT a Proverbs 31 woman too?
Great. More guilt!
Years ago, when the kids were little, I remember having a conversation with the Father in the middle of Walmart, of all places. (Yes, God shops at Walmart.) I had been complaining to Him about how busy I was. I couldn’t compete with all of the other SuperMoms around me who “really had it together.” I wasn’t rich enough. I wasn’t smart enough. I wasn’t skinny enough. I wasn’t popular enough.
I said, “Sheesh, God. Proverbs 31 sucks. It’s not fair that I have to do ALL of this stuff and Erwin doesn’t. He just gets to be the husband and be served all the time. I’m so tired. I can’t keep doing this.”
Out of the blue, I had one of those almost-audible moments of hearing God’s voice. This is what He said,
“Shauna, you are ALREADY a Proverbs 31 woman. You see those boots in your cart? (I had about 6 pairs of winter boots in my shopping cart. Walmart was having an incredible end-of-the-season sale, so I was buying every size available because I knew that at least one of my four kids would need them next year.)
“Well, that’s just like verse 15, ‘She rises early and provides for the needs of her household.’ It’s not about being a morning person and working yourself to death—it’s about foreseeing the needs of your family BEFORE THEY ARE EVEN AWARE OF THEIR NEED. //
“Your kids don’t know they need boots next winter, but you do. You are a Proverbs 31 Woman!
“I’m proud of you!”
That moment RADICALLY changed my perspective on Proverbs 31 and my abilities as a wife and mother.
I realized that I had been looking at this all wrong. Proverbs 31 wasn’t a crazy ‘To Do List’ that I had to get done in one day. No!
- I get to buy and sell land.
- I get to be creative and profitable.
- I get to be strong and beautiful! (I sense another book in the future.)
That’s awesome! I’ll take it!
To read more of 31 Days of Mom Awesomeness, click here.
For more information on the Write 31 Days challenge, check out Christina Hubbard’s site!