If you are just joining our Proverbs 31 WifeLife Series…WELCOME! And if you have been along from the start, glad to have you back! This series we are looking into what makes the woman of noble character worth far more than rubies! And today’s post, is all about how the virtuous wife has a serving heart!
“She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants. ”
Proverbs 31:14-15 NKJV
If you look at the beginning of Proverbs 31, you will see that the Proverbs 31 woman is a description of the kind of wife King Lemuel’s mother had taught him to look for. Writing this blog, I could have quickly gone into the kind of food we are putting on the table. Or how breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, I tend to think that she was showing the kind of heart a wife, worth more than rubies, has.
This wife did not have a 24-hour grocery store just up the street that she could place her order online and have the groceries delivered to her car. (Which if you live in a small town, like the one I had the privilege of growing up in, you can relate.) She did not have the convenience of hopping in the car and turning on the AC. I can’t image, here in Arizona, with 120-degree highs in the Summer, having to walk to the market and carry back my groceries! Not to mention the shelf life of fruits and veggies in that heat!
And according to verse 15, not only is she the grocery shopper, it looks as if she prepares the food. Scripture does not share how many people she was feeding. We know for sure her husband. The scripture uses children and maidservants so we know at the minimum (counting herself) she was serving 6 on a daily basis.
She gets up while it was still dark to ensure that everything is ready in time. (I do not know about you, but I love my snooze button!) Since eating is an everyday activity, it is safe to assume that she always sacrifices her morning hours for others. We already know from the previous blog post in this series, that she willingly worked with her hands (Proverbs 31:13). Knowing her willingness to work and pairing it with her sacrifice of time so that her family and those working for her were fed, I see a serving heart.
So how can this impact us as wives today (besides finding ourselves in front of the stove)? I think we can find it relatable to any task we have at hand where we have to sacrifice our “own time” for others. Willingly serving those around us that we love and work with.
I know I have room to get back into my routine of waking up early to get my family’s day off to a positive start. I spoiled Gabe & Akira to having breakfast ready in the mornings to Eggos in the freezer after Kahlia came along. By choosing to sleep in an extra 20-30 minutes to snuggle under the covers, I missed out on blessings! When I get up and cook breakfast, my family starts their day in a good mood and in a positive mindset! I get to enjoy more time with my family, and I love the feeling of not being rushed to get everyone out the door! Honestly, when I have a serving heart, I do not ever feel like I have lost anything (even those extra minutes of sleep).
In my personal opinion, I think the wife life of a serving heart is beautiful. There is a direct blessing, a wife with a serving heart can be to others, especially her husband.
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