Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Proverbs 31 Study: Week 3



The most important lesson I learned this week is to bring my husband good not harm, all the days of my life.  In such a simple verse, Proverbs 31:12 says so many things!

How do we bring good to our husbands?  We can cook him good (and healthy!) meals.  We can compliment him (remember my plan to intentionally compliment my husband).  We can ask him what he needs and help him, eagerly

The challenge this week was to approach household tasks with an eager attitude.  Being 38 weeks pregnant and in full-fledged nesting mode, this challenge was easy for me!  I spent the week tidying the house and getting ready for the baby.  I cooked dinner most nights because I had a chance to rest during the day.  It is so much easier to serve my family with an eager attitude when I have a chance to recharge (instead of working all day and working all night).

Serving grudgingly does not bring good to your household -- it brings harm.  A bad attitude is a poison that will infect the rest of your family.  This challenge would have been really tough if I had still been working.  It's far too easy for me to adopt that negative-nancy, woe-is-me, martyr attitude when I've been at work all day and come home to work some more.  But, God called us to bring our husbands good all the days of our lives, even the days we're working late and tired and pregnant.

Something that helps keep my attitude in check is Colossians 3:23 (NLT), "Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than people."  By serving eagerly, we're showing God's love to our family, setting a good example, and bringing them good.

To be more intentional this week I am going to prepare and serve dinner at least twice at the dining room table, where we can spend quality time as a family.










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17 comments:

  1. Visiting from the GMG Wednesday link up! Loving the Proverbs 31 woman study!

    http://lawyergirlruns86.blogspot.com/2012/06/women-in-word-wednesday-2012-summer.html

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  2. I'm visiting from Our Simple Country Life link up this week. I'm am also doing the P31 study! I totally agree that having a bad attitude can be poison to the atmosphere of our home. I love the verse too, I'm currently using it as a memory verse so that I remember why am doing what I do.
    Be Blessed,
    Ashley from www.joyfulheartandhome.blogspot.com

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    1. I wanted to get a sign to hang above my sink with the verse on it to remind me!

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  3. This is a very positive and upbeat post! Thank you for sharing :D

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  4. Loved this post!! Love the conviction to do better with the realization that 'serving grudgingly' does not bring good! I'm also doing this study and loving it!! Blessings to you.

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    1. Glad you're enjoying the study!! I'm so amazed at what I've learned so far!

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  5. Don't you just LOVE this bible study?? I'm having a great time with it. And I totally agree with your point about not being a martyr when it comes to housework. It's our career, and God has placed us in it for a purpose!

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    1. What a great way to look at it... it's our mission field!

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  6. Kristen, this is such an important reminder. I find myself falling into this trap when I'm tired, my house is a mess, and my two children are bickering. But God doesn't say to remain joyful for a time, He said always. Thanks!

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    1. Sometimes I think, I can't wait to have more kids... and then I think, what will I do when we have more kids?! :o)

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  7. Truth well said, how God longs for whole hearted service to Him and the people in our lives. I work towards this too. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Monday meetup.
    God's grace!
    TESHUVA-http://www.ugochi-jolomi.com/

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  8. Hi Krissy dawn,
    Boy, I'm sure you're tired with baby almost here! What a blessing to hear that you desire to please the Lord with your actions! Thanks for linking this post with The Alabaster Jar.

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    1. Tired, I am! But, mostly impatient :)

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  9. Excellent post! Soo true == what good does it do us to serve oru families with a bad attitude?? Thanks for linking up!

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  10. Krissy...great post! Being intentional does put a different spin on serving our husband and family. Thank you for sharing at WJIM.

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  11. I can relate to this post! When I worked full-time, I felt that I was giving my family the left-overs! Now that I'm at home, I try to give them my very best!

    Thanks for linking up at Make Life Meaningful Monday!

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