I haven’t posted much recently because I am fully living out Proverbs 31:18b!
I emphasise that it’s 18b because I am not currently achieving the ‘a’ part at all…but that will come…hopefully!
“She makes sure all her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.”
At the moment I keep having flashbacks to my University years when I used to pull all-nighters to complete assignments. It was never that I left it to the last minute, but there was always one more article I could read, or book I could flick through to make sure I had all the background information. On this occasion, the time pressures are not of my making (which is a little frustrating) and I’m now in a position where the deadline for two major projects have landed at the same time.
In all honesty the task seems immense and at times I have made it clear to God that I don’t have a clue how I’m going to meet the deadlines that have been set. The only thing that keeps me from having a meltdown is that God has asked me to do this and if that’s the case then I know He’ll help me get it done!
So, what would the Proverbs 31 woman do in this situation?
I imagine her facing what seems like an insurmountable workload and identifying each step that needs to be taken to complete the task. I imagine her asking God for the clarity of thought, strength and peace to tackle each task one step at a time. I imagine her remembering all the times where she has achieved what needed to be done and the times where the world didn’t end if she fell short of perfection. I imagine her finishing the task without flapping or worrying because she knows that it achieves nothing and only drains her of the energy she needs. I imagine her surrendering her stress to God each time things feel a little too much so that she can keep her cool with her kids…husband…and even the dog. I imagine her remembering that she is deeply loved by God and that He will equip her to do whatever she needs to do!
During this ridiculously busy season, where my plate spinning skills are being pushed to the absolute limit, I am asking God to empower me to be just a little bit more like the Proverbs 31 woman.
p.s Due to the increase in stress, the coffee, and cake temptations are creeping back in. I’ve got my eye on it though! Keep me accountable!