“She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.” ~ Proverbs 31:15
Before you start wiggling in your seat let me assure you that I’m not going to dive into the “she gets up while it is still dark” portion of that verse in this post. Now take a deep breath and relax. There you go…all better! It is the last part that I’m interested in today, “and portions for her servant girls”.
Courtney over at Women Living Well brought out a point that I had never really considered in that verse before in her eBook The Proverbs 31 Woman One Virtue at a Time. She identified our appliances as our servant girls. That sparked a whole different line of thinking in me that has greatly increased productivity in my house.
Far too often we dedicate our time to tasks that could be very easily run in the background while we give our attention to something else. That is, after all, what having these modern conveniences is all about right? The goal is to increase productivity and efficiency so that we can spend more time taking care of our families. Yet we still waste time babysitting tasks that don’t need our undivided attention, typically for a lack of planning.
With this in mind I looked around my house and decided if I was working, EVERYTHING needed to be working. Part of my daily schedule includes a timer that goes off every hour to help me stay on task, remember to relax, and to pray. Well, I added a duty to that timer. Whenever it goes off I now also get up and move a load of clothes or send another kitchen appliance into action. Then I go back to whatever I was working on for the day. Now, by the time I finish my work day the laundry is clean and ready to be folded, dinner is just about done, and most of the house is clean.
I came to realize that every major production has foundational elements running in the background. Most people never know that they are there, but the production wouldn’t go off with them. From the theater, to music, to movies, it is the detailed working going on behind the scenes that allows for the beauty of the finished product to be enjoyed.
Homemaking is a production just like the rest of those. It is art and a science. There is method and, praise God, there is grace. The finished product, however, is priceless, ordained by God, and worthy of the best that we can provide for it. The question then becomes, is your support staff working at its full potential to make your production go off as smoothly and beautifully as it possibly can?
I urge you, take stock of your servant girls. Provide them portions daily to run your home at maximum efficiency. God has blessed us with all of this technology to lighten our loads. Let’s make the best of it and bring forth a performance of excellence for sake of the Kingdom!
I pray you inspiration and diligence beloved! Shalom!~
Surrendered to Him~