Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Early Morning Time

“She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household,

and a portion to her maidens.” Proverbs 31:15

Did you know that at the time this was written, and in Jewish history, the days were counted by sunset to sunset? So a day would start at sunset and as per Genesis there would be an evening and a day, and then sunset would mark the end of one day and the beginning of a new one. Just an interesting fact.

This scripture says she rises while it is still night, still dark, before the sunrise. I love the Proverbs 31 Woman. She is such an amazing example to us of a woman who keeps her home and cares for her family. She works hard, day and night. She does not sample the temptation of idleness but works diligently. And here we see that she gets up while it is night, before anyone one else, and provides for her family and the servants of he home. In other words, she gets up early and makes a beautiful breakfast for her hubby, kiddos and even her employees.

Let me start by saying that I’m no morning person. It takes me a long time to rise. I prefer to stay up late and sleep in. Even when I do wake, I’d much rather lay in bed for an hour thinking about my day before actually getting to it. Then I had my daughter and all that went out the window. There’s no such thing as having a “lay in” when you have a three year old to care for. It was only after becoming a mother that I started to appreciate the early morning time when my daughter was still asleep and I had the freedom and time to actually get some things done.

The only problem is deciding what to do first! My list of “things to do” is both long and daunting on any given day. I could do my workout first and get that out of the way…no excuses later then! I could start the cleaning and make breakfast. Been wanting to vacuum out the car. I could answer emails or get work on editing a few chapters of the book. What to do? What to do with those few precious hours in the morning before the chaos begins?

No wonder the Proverbs 31 Woman got up before sunrise! There is so much to do and so little time in the day! So much to do and the list will never really go away. That’s why I’ve decided the first thing I want to do in the mornings is spend time with my Jesus; in His Word and in prayer. This time prepares me for the rest of the day. I notice such a difference in me and how I react to the challenges of the day when I’ve had my quality Jesus time first. He puts everything into perspective. Big challenges become small and I realize that not everything I thought was needful actually matters.

The Proverbs 31 Woman is a hard worker. Her story comes before Jesus had arrived so her relationship to God was different, but my guess is that through her early morning service to her household she probably spent time in the Torah, or recited it as she went about her business. How blessed we are today to have access to our Father God through the Savior and to be able to spend sweet moments with Him in the morning before the chaos begins!

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Sarah and Rebekah – Manipulators

I was pondering Sarah (wife of Abraham) and her daughter-in-law Rebekah (wife of Isaac) and the similarities between the two. Their stories can be found in the book of Genesis. While Sarah and Rebekah never met due to Sarah’s death just prior to Isaac taking his bride, the two had much in common. Both women were sometimes good examples of wives who follow their husbands. Sarah followed Abraham out into the unknown without so much as an explanation when Abraham heard from the Lord. Rebekah followed Abraham’s servant to become the wife of Isaac, whom she didn’t even know. She didn’t even question the Lord’s plan but followed.

While in some ways these women were good examples, I can’t help but see how they were also both bad examples of manipulating their husbands. Sarah wanted an heir for Abraham and, instead of waiting on the Lord to fulfill His promise of a son, she persuaded her husband to conceive a child with her handmaid. This led to much heartache, pain and strife for generations to come (as we can clearly see in the constant warring between the Arabs (the descendents of Ishmael) and the Jews (descendents of Isaac).

Rebekah also manipulated her husband Isaac. She too was unwilling to listen to the Lord. He had promised that the younger of her twin sons, Jacob, would lead and the elder, Esau, would serve him. Still, despite God’s promised plan, when Rebekah thought her husband would give the blessing to Esau instead of Jacob, she persuaded her son Jacob to deceiver his father—her husband—again leading to a family and nations torn apart.

What can we learn from these two women? Ladies whenever we take matters into our own hands and think that we can accomplish God’s bidding in our own flesh through manipulation and wicked planning we will bring destruction on our homes and families. God never desires us to deceive our husbands or manipulate them, even to achieve what seems at the time a worthy mission. We need to trust the Lord, honor our husbands and leave the rest in God’s hands! Amen!

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