Work - as women we are well acquainted with it! Our outside jobs fill our days with work and when we arrive home...guess what is there waiting for us...more work!! "A woman's work is never done". Work is a part of life and our attitudes make the difference in it being a drudgery or a ministry.
The challenge for this week from 5 Weeks 5 Disciplines 5 Challenges, is WORK! This area is sure to stretch us in discipline, but it is a needed facet for our lives especially as Christian women. The Proverbs 31 woman who is a model for all Christian women worked and worked hard! Some pieces of this passage give us a peek at the attitude towards work from a godly woman's perspective:
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
*She went above and beyond and did her work eagerly*
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
*She did the necessities, then stayed busy*
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates
*She can look back with confidence that she did a good job*
As Christians women our attitude towards work should be biblical: Colossians 3;23 says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Whatever means anything that we do and "for the Lord" means although no one sees or may give recognition, we continue to do our best simply because it is the right thing to do.
In my life, I've spent years working outside the home as well as been blessed to be a worker at home. Currently I homeschool our son and am thrilled to be at home. One of the blessings is the leisure to get up and maintain a schedule at will. Because of the danger that my days are not accountable to an employer or someone in authority, I must be diligent to keep the above verse in my heart and do everything unto the Lord. I 'could' sleep in, spend the day doing as few things as possible, let the housework slide, spend the day away from the home - doing 'fun' things etc. Or, I 'could' use my time to keep the home running in an efficient manner, using my extra time doing for others and consciously seeking to be a blessing. The choice is mine and to make the best choice, I need God's guidance and direction.
The challenge this week is:
Work with eager hands this week! Pray and ask God to give you an eager attitude all day long. Do your work as unto the Lord. Remember the meaning behind your work in the home – all of it added up equals a well nurtured home and family. Research and find inspiration in magazines or on-line. Find a woman with eager hands and learn off of her. If all day long you have been feeding and caring for babies, listening, comforting, training, teaching, cooking and cleaning – you will be tired. REST – guilt-free! God does not condemn rest – he condemns laziness (2 Thess. 3:10).
This challenge concludes the 5 Weeks 5 Disciplines 5 Challenges in the areas of :
By learning and growing in these areas, a disciplined life will always bring honor to the Lord.