Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Time Wasters and Time Savers

Proverbs 31:10-31
New International Version (NIV)
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 [a]A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

I am on Principle #5: Faithfully Oversee Time and Money

I love books. I especially love anything written by Lysa TerKeurst. I feel like I know the women of Proverbs 31 Ministries because I also start my day with a devotion I receive via email.

This is what I've learned this morning. And I NEED this!

Being thrifty is more than finding good bargains and clipping coupons. We can be thrifty with our words, not wasting them on idle gossip and tearing others down but lavishing praise and encouragement on those around us. We can be thrifty with our energy not being drained by wasting (the kitten has learned to jump and is now on the keyboard practically, lol) hours because we're disorganized but frugally planning ahead. We can be thrifty with time, not squandering it on things that don't matter but investing it in things of eternal value. (Dash has moved to my lap).

The Proverbs 31 woman is a faithful steward of the time and money God has entrusted to her.

Putting First Things First
Sometimes I become so wrapped up in the urgent needs and demands that seem to come my way every day that I don't stop to carve out time for what really matter. Starting off my day with the Lord is the best time saver I know of because it settles in my heart what my priorities are. When my heart is right and my spiritual ears are open, then the Lord can establish my plans for the day. It never fails that when I'm too busy to put Him first, nothing seems to go smoothly. When I stop and put Him first, I'm aware of His presence and His provision for me throughout the day's activities.

And there you have it. When I just up and get on the computer and start my day like that, things usually don't go too well. But if I get up and have quiet time first, then my heart is already softened for the hard parts of the day.

How do you start your day?

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