Have you ever heard of the ministry "Above Rubies"? This is an encouraging magazine printed for donations only filled with encouragement for women. The ministry name is chosen from Proverbs 31:10 AMP "A capable, intelligent and virtuous woman, who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far ABOVE RUBIES or pearls. There is also a web site chock full of resources www.aboverubies.org
In the latest magazine there is a quote: "Keep watch over your vineyard - your home and children. Remember that this is the sphere that God has given to you. When you are enticed away from this realm, you move out of God's perfect will...Don't get sidetracked looking after other people's vineyards when your foremost task is to look after your own."
At first, this could seem somewhat harsh, but it really struck my heart. My home and family are my sphere - my God given responsibility. I do work outside the home, but consider my home and family "my career". I invest in them, try to keep them running smoothly, realize the importance of each life and their potential. There are times when I get distracted, or enticed away by work, activities etc., and our home suffers from this diversion.
So....as we embrace spring (in our area anyway!), let's watch our vines grow and bloom! Remember to keep the weeds out, prune them, fertilize them, point them in the right direction, shower them with love and be rewarded by the fruit of your labor.