“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


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