…thoughts from the other blog…

The Titus Two Project

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. (Psalm 107:9)

I have not read or seen The Hunger Games, nor do I want to. It’s not just for the sake of rebelling again the tide of popular opinion (although it’s not such a bad side-effect). Honestly, I get a little nervous when I see the “world” hyping something up so much.

I love to read, and have read many books over my lifetime. Some good, some bad; some historical, some not; some godly, some blatantly secular, some with godly elements but not overtly Christian. There are secular books that have intrinsic moral value, and there are Christian books that you only know they are “Christian” because the jacket says so. I tend to gravitate away from books that claim to have some kind of positive social commentary despite a storyline that reads like a…

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I am SO not a morning person.

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. (Proverbs 31:15)

I am not a morning person. In fact, my husband once had a ballcap that said, “I didn’t wake up grumpy– she’s stilll asleep”. I might’ve been annoyed and insulted had it not been so true. I will admit, though, that I can and have enjoyed early mornings occassionally. It’s fresh & new, smells good, and is very pretty. Most of the time, though, I subscribe to Christian singer & comedian Mark Lowery’s take on the early hours: “If God had wanted me to see the sunrise, He’d’ve put it at noon.”

I don’t think this verse agrees.

The Proverbs 31 woman gets up early. Early enough that it’s still dark out (and I’m assuming year-round, not just during the winter). Her day starts early, and she gets right to the task of feeding her family and the help (so I’m guessing her “maidens” weren’t kitchen staff).

This seems to go back to industriousness and generosity, but also adds in there nurturing. Most women I know are hardwired to be nurturing, but we can also be selfish, and self-absorbed, not noticing or caring about whether other people have needs, or trying to meet those needs.

So, this woman got up early and prepared breakfast for her family and the help. I’m taking a stab here that it wasn’t a “corn flakes or toast, there’s the bowls and spoons, help yourself” (like most mornings at my house) kind of deal. There was thought and work involved. And she didn’t make them wait til after her first cup of coffee (or tea).

I’m not the Proverbs 31 woman here. I don’t tend to get up before everyone, and breakfast is generally a typical one for this part of the world– cereal, toast, maybe boiled eggs, or muffins– and I make my tea while I’m shuffling around the kitchen bleary-eyed from lack of sleep. I still get teased about falling asleep at the table and having toast thrown at me from the kid in the highchair.

I clearly have a long ways to go before I’m able to live up to verse 15.

Shopping, anyone?

She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. (Proverbs 31:14)

When I first looked at this verse, I thought “Costco!” A merchant’s ship holds lots of cargo, and that reminded me of any visit I’ve ever made to that particular warehouse store. We used to live 10 minutes from one, and we always joked that it was the “200 Club” since we rarely ever came out of that place having spent less than that. We have a pretty big family, and buying in bulk is a necessity, albeit one we haven’t been able to do much of since moving. Buying in bulk means two things, if you do it right: 1. you spend less per item, and 2. you don’t run out of things as quickly (thus– theoretically– fewer shopping trips).

I really am not big on shopping. Oh, sure, I love good deals, and I’ve developed a preference for having food in the house… but traipsing around a mall is not my thing. Grocery shopping is a necessary evil. I am more a “search and destroy” shopper, with a well-honed radar to those clearance carts and shelves. I so hate spending money– probably something to do with not generally having a lot of it to spend, and having to spread what I do have around pretty thinly.

So, what does this have to do with the Proverbs 32 woman? I guess the comparison I could make is, what are you willing to do to keep your family fed? Are you willing (/able) to go the “extra mile” (bringing food from afar?) to stay within budget? Do you shop the sales, comparison shop, or use coupons? Can you buy in bulk? Are you willing to get off the couch & out of the house to get groceries? Are you willing to get out of your comfort zone, if it comes to it, and visit a food bank?

A Proverbs 31 woman does many of these things. She shops frugally, not squandering the family’s grocery budget on unnecessary things. She knows the difference between a need and a want, and puts that knowledge into practice. Me personally? I toggle between being annoyingly frugal, and throwing money away on stupid things. I’m somewhat paranoid of running out of milk and toilet paper, but I’ll buy hair dye or junk food.

Excuse me while I go edit my grocery list…