“She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.” Prov. 31:13-15
The NLT version reads like this: “She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. She is like a merchant’s ship bringing her food from afar. She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.”
Apparently, this lady was well-to-do and had servants to help her. That is probably not the case for most of us, but the principle is still there. She did not lie in bed in the mornings and just let everyone look after themselves. She rose early in order to make sure that her husband and children had a good breakfast. She had a plan and purpose for each day. We do have servants – the talents and abilities that the Lord has given us, and we need to plan how to use them wisely.
Many years ago, I learned that for my day to go right, I needed to get up before anyone else and spend some time in communing with the Lord. This is important, whether you are a mother who can stay at home with her children, or if you are working outside the home. This time of prayer sets the pace for our day and gives us the assurance that the Lord will be with us no matter what circumstances we may face. On those days when we do not take time to pray, it seems like everything goes wrong.
Do you desire to be a woman after God’s own heart? Seek His face, and He will reveal to you what He wants you to do. If you are a wife and mother, He can guide you in your relationships with your family. If you work outside the home, trust Him to guide you in your dealings with your co-workers and those you interact with every day. If you are single, let Him mold you and shape you and trust Him to give you what you desire. His plan for each one of us is good.
Prayer: Jesus, you have put each one of us in different circumstances, and we trust you to guide and direct us and make us the woman you want us to be.
Devotion by Anne Johnston
“Before he had finished praying, he saw a young woman named Rebekah coming out with her water jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel, who was the son of Abraham’s brother Nahor and his wife, Milcah.”
In this story, Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. Abraham didn’t want Isaac to marry a Canaanite woman, so he sent his servant to his homeland to find a wife there.
The servant seems a little unsure of this task, so to be sure he makes the right decision he prays a very specific prayer when he arrives. He asks for success first, then prays that the woman to be Isaac’s wife would give him a drink, and then also offer water to his camels.
But before he had finished his prayer, he sees Rebekah. God was already working it out for her to be the answer to his prayer before he even finished praying the prayer!
God is always working on our behalf. My daughter told me tonight that when someone prays, God works on that and then if someone else prays, He can work on that too. What an amazing God we have!
I’m thankful to serve a very much alive God who fights for me, protects me and is my Provider. Even when we don’t see him, he’s working and when we don’t feel him, he’s working! He never slumbers nor sleeps. He never grows weary and needs a break.
You can rest assured today that God is working it out for you. The answer may not come right away, but it is being worked on.
God, I am so thankful that you are always at work in my life. I’m thankful you have a plan for my life, and are always fighting for me. Lead me today, and help me to see you at work.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
According to the Mirriam-Webster dictionary, the word “masterpiece” means “a work done with extraordinary skill”
We were all created by a very skilled master. He took his time forming us, making sure everything was perfect. He decided our hair colour, the exact shade of our skin and our height. HE is the master artist and WE are his masterpiece.
He knew who you would be, what your talents were and what you would struggle with. He designed you perfectly.
And He knows exactly where you fit into His kingdom. The scripture above tells us that he had good things planned for us long ago. He knew every mistake you would make and every wrong path you would wander down. In spite of this, he still loves us and wants to use us to reach the world. How incredible is that?
In spite of our flaws and past, we have an incredible future in Christ, that was planned long ago!
We can be made new in him today, and can rediscover his plan and will for our lives!
God, I’m thankful that I can be made new in you. Help me to understand that you formed me and made me exactly how I am for a reason. You want to use me for your kingdom, so I ask that you lead me today.