Well, in years past, I did a heavy stint of research and found that much of what is said about her is pretty bogus, mostly because people didn’t take the time to understand the culture and habits of the people that Proverbs was written to.
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. Proverbs 31 NIV
Stuff like this just used to toast me. I sew and crochet, but given my lifestyle, there was no way that I was going to take my family’s clothes from raw materials to final product.
What really helped me was learning that these activities were considered “women’s work.” Look at her attitude. She’s eager, intentional and energetic. She obviously doesn’t have an issue working hard at what it takes to run a household and she doesn’t have a pride issue over doing something assigned by culture to her gender.
I can deal with that.
I can care about my family, work hard to take care of their needs and not cop an attitude about it being “women’s work.” In my culture that’s going to look a bit different, but I think that’s the part that we need to understand. It’s the principles and heart attitudes that we need to catch. What that looks like lived out is going to be unique because our families are unique.
I think the reason that I’m talking about this is that I realized I was slacking on housework. I got busy with some other projects. My husband and (adult) son always pitch in and help around the house, so I haven’t heard any complaints, but I am really slacking and that’s not OK. I needed to remind myself that work that keeps the household going is important work, just as important as any project. My family deserves to have a lovely and functional home.
… I’m off to clean and organize my pantry. Hmmm. What should I fix for dinner?
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