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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Working With Eager Hands

Word Filled Wednesday: Proverbs 31:13 "She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands."


Today is week five of our Proverbs 31 series. Thus far we have seen that the Proverbs 31 woman is a treasure to her husband, fully trustworthy, and a woman of action. In verse 13 we see a new character trait. Not only is she a woman who works hard to bring her husband good - but she does her work with an outstanding attitude. She willingly works with "eager hands."


When you roll out of bed in the morning, are you eager to do your mundane chores? The Proverbs 31 woman oozes energy, industry, eagerness and diligence. Look at your hands - are they eager to get to work today?


I love how the Proverbs 31 woman's love for God overflows onto her family through her desire to serve them! I want that - but how do we get that eagerness?


1. Pray - pray and ask God to give you an eager attitude all day long.


2. Do your work as unto the Lord. Colossians 3:23 says "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."

3. Change your perspective - each mundane chore you complete for your family is a labor of love. As you grocery shop, cook dinner, fold the laundry and clean out sinks - remember that these small tasks all added together equal a well nurtured home and family. Without one word your actions of eagerness speak volumes of love to your husband and children.


4. Research and find inspiration - read a book on how to be a better homemaker and implement the author's techniques. Find a woman you know who has eager hands and learn off of her. Ask to see her cubboards for organizing tips and her techniques for managing her home.


5. Rest - if you work all day with eager hands you will feel exhausted. Do not let your exhaustion and need for rest discourage you. If all day long you have been feeding and caring for babies and toddlers, listening, comforting, training and teaching your teens plus cleaning and cooking - you will be tired. God never condemns rest. He condemns laziness.


I was a recipient of eager hands this weekend. My family helped us move into our new home. They all arrived with eager hands and what a blessing it was to see everyone working so hard. We even had some laughs at our one eager beaver (my oldest sister) who commanded my other sister and I to "push harder" while we scrubbed cabinets. Our insecurities at our lack of eagerness led us to hide in an upstairs bathroom where we could clean in a more "carefree" manner - but it was not long before she arrived to inspect our bathroom work and to give us more tips on how we could work more effectively and efficiently. Though we laughed then, afterwards my husband and I were talking about how amazing her eagerness is. Iwant that! She is definately a role model and inspiration to me in this area.


Do you have a Titus 2 role model? Invest some time in learning the skills of homemaking. And take some time today to pray, change your perspective, work with eager hands and then rest. Your eager hands will be a blessing to all those who enter your sweet home.


Walk with the King!

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratultions on your move!! Thank you sooo much for this series. I am a work in progress:-).

ProFundity

February 3, 2010 at 7:56 AM  
Blogger jen said...

Thanks for the laugh this morning!! What funny times our family has together. Even working hard together, we have fun!! I laughed out loud at what you wrote about us cleaning at your new home. I love my family so much!!! Also, thank you for the reminder to work with eager hands and a happy heart. I have lots of cleaning to do today, so this was definitely applicable! Love from Your sister, Jen

February 3, 2010 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger NJohnson said...

Thank you for this post! As always it is a good one! I have a lot going on with extended family that I've been tending to and my home work has suffered. I needed a little kick to let me know that my first priority is the Lord, second my husband and children then everyone else. I have a tendency to make others a priority before my family and that shouldn't happen as often as I let it. Thank you for the inspiration I needed to get through the day!! That Proverbs lady is an amazing one!!!

February 3, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Stacie said...

I have really enjoyed reading your Wednesday posts. I always draw such inspiration from them. Thank you for being that sweet and consistent reminder that we are to do ALL things to bring glory to God.

February 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Julie Bastuk said...

I just read a really interesting book on the importance of keeping house and making a home for your family. It's called Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life. It gave me a new perspective on cleaning and doing the "mundane" stuff.

February 3, 2010 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Courtney!

This was excellent. We were on the same page this week.

Really enjoyed your thoughts to go with it too.

Blessings to you♄

February 3, 2010 at 12:19 PM  
OpenID hljourney said...

Wonderful reminder... my mentor & I were discussing this very Scripture & the such just last night.

God is good, thankful for Him continuing to work in me.

Thanks for sharing WFW with us, HL

February 3, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Julie@comehaveapeace said...

"Becky" has been a great role model for me of what a Prov 31 woman looks like. Most of what I learned from her I learned from watching and listening. I feel blessed to know her.

February 3, 2010 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger lori said...

Courtney,
"eager hands...." How we welcome them and how we need to the constant reminder to share ours...

What a wonderful post here today!

Congratulations on your new home! We've done it 13 times in 19 years....know all too well about those moving boxes...:)

peace,
lori

February 3, 2010 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Excellent post and one that I need to remind myself of DAILY.

Thank you for sharing!

Hugs,
Lisa

February 3, 2010 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

A great WFW ~ Blessings ~

February 3, 2010 at 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Tricia said...

Thank you so much. I love this post. I made sure and touched on this on my blog if you would like to venture over and read it. I love how open and awesome you are about becoming an Proverbs women.

February 3, 2010 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger daningo said...

I have really enjoyed your Proverbs 31 series. It has been convicting and encouraging all at the same time :)

February 4, 2010 at 8:38 AM  

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