More on the Dreaded Proverbs 31 Lady…
I ran into another bind with these two verses ~
15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.
18 … and her lamp does not go out at night. Proverbs 31 NIV
Basically what I was taught was that she was a workaholic, staying up late and then getting up before the crack of dawn.
Nope. So not going to happen. I need my eight hours of sleep to be functional. You do NOT want to hang out with me when I am sleep deprived.
Turns out, though, that these verses speak to a principle that I can live by. These verses speak to preparedness.
In verse 15, she’s fully prepared for the day’s needs for her household. Her household is obviously different than ours (servants and an agrarian society where everyone was up before the crack of dawn to start their day), but she’s clearly ready for her day.
In verse 18 she isn’t really staying up all night, she is just on top of the physical needs of her household. At that time in history, a gal would fill a lamp with oil, trim the wick a bit, light it and tuck it in a niche in the wall overnight. It offered light during the evening and a source of fire the next morning. The lamp would need to be filled with enough oil to last through the night.
Both of these examples are about household efficiency and preparedness. A modern day equivalent would be someone one who helps her family get rolling for the day and doesn’t run out of important household items like … um, toilet paper.
I know, we can all grow in our housekeeping skills, but it is not the level of crazy perfection that we have been taught. Become a student of your family’s needs and take (baby) steps to grow in your ability to run a home. You’ll get there with practice and persistence.
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Some lovely wisdom from Happy Wives Club ~ Rest: It Does A Marriage Good