Archive | April 2012

I posted this on one of my other blogs. Thought it might be an encouragement to someone.

The Titus Two Project

When I was 17, I considered having an abortion.

I wasn’t so much scared of being pregnant as prideful of the reputation I feared I’d lost. I’d had my “first time” and didn’t want the world to know. I “wasn’t THAT kind of girl”. I told no one, except one quiet friend, what I suspected. And I knew her heart ached for me.

As it turned out, it wasn’t a decision I would have to make. I wasn’t pregnant, and I would be able to muddle my way through my senior year with other crises to deal with.

The young man in question learned later of my suspicions, and I remember him taking my hand and squeezing it, and asking me, why had I not told him at the time? He looked like the wind was knocked out of him, and he told me gently, painfully (with his voice breaking…

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A glimpse of the journey

So many times, when you see a study on Proverbs 31, the focus seems to be on what the Proverbs 31 woman does. She’s into real estate, she sews, she cooks, she’s a great organizer… all great skills or activities, but the more I’m studying this, and looking underneath the surface, the more I’m seeing that that’s not what it’s about at all.

It’s about strength of character and attitudes that build others up. These things are not time-and-place-specific. They cross over cultures, countries, and centuries. It doesn’t make any difference who you are, or what station in life. These are what matter. These are what will make your husband and children arise and call you blessed. If they don’t, or if you have neither, you have a Lord who will one day tell you, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” And really, that’s better.

I still have a long way to go. Boy, do I ever have a long way to go. But if each verse is like a street sign, at least I have a glimpse now of the direction this journey is taking.

Procrasti-gardening

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. (Proverbs 31:16)

Wow, that Proverbs 31 woman is a real go-getter! Not only is she industrious, and generous, and full of virtue as we’ve already seen, but the woman has foresight and ambition, too.

From what I’ve read about Bible times, it seems that a woman buying property would not have been exactly commonplace. It really says a lot about her standing in the community that she would have been involved in real estate at all. So, here is a woman who is bucking tradition, sort of, in a way that is still godly, and honouring, and respectful. After all, it says elsewhere in this chapter that her husband, who is apparently respected locally, thinks very highly of her. The overall tone of Proverbs 31 is one of reverence and admiration for pretty much everything this woman does.

So. She has checked out this piece of property and, seeing that it was suitable, went ahead and bought it. Then what? She planted a vinyard. It says “with the fruit of her hands” she planted it. I want to look this up, because I’m not sure if that means she got her children to help plant, or if she did it herself, but either way, I’m pretty sure she didn’t hire the job out to labourers, or farm hands. She took responsibility for getting it done. She didn’t wait around for her husband to do it– which when it comes to gardening, that’s sort of what I wind up doing. I might plan what I want in the garden, but I tend to wait for my husband to get out there and then say something like, “Oh, I was planning on doing that…!” Yeah… mmhmm…

As a ‘Proverbs 32’ type woman, I have been rebuked. I procrastinate, and hope someone else will do the job (even if it’s a subconscious thing). I might like to plan, but I’m terrible at following through with things. How about you?