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A Lesson from the Proverbs 31 Woman


With the holidays over, my husband and I have returned to our house that hasn’t been dusted for several weeks. At this moment in time there is a big pile of laundry sorted throughout the kitchen. All of the stocking stuffers from Christmas are now in various piles around the house, waiting to find a home; where, I don’t know, because our little place is already close to bursting at the seams. There are dirty dishes in the sink, and don’t even ask me about that half-finished sewing projects spread throughout the family room floor.

With tasks like cleaning, laundry, and organizing staring me in the face, my first inclination is to turn the other way and ignore it all. To be honest, that’s exactly what I’ve done the last few days. I would much rather be reading a book, watching a movie, or playing on the internet, then taking care of the house.

I know that I have chosen to be a homemaker. It’s part of what I signed up for when I married my military husband. Just the same, sometimes it’s hard to see the mundane everyday tasks as important. Then I remembered the Proverbs 31 woman. Here’s a woman to admire. She is someone who doesn’t sit around playing solitaire all day, but instead: “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness” (vs.27 NIV).  This woman saw what needed to be done and did it. She serves as an excellent example of what God wants each of us to be as a wife. Smart, independent, efficient—the Proverbs 31 woman works hard, but more than anything she fears God: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised” (vs.30).

The Proverbs 31 woman was admired for the everyday tasks she performed. She was someone to be praised. If only I could have so much one day. Until then, I guess I’ll just have to take the chores one at a time, and try to be the best homemaker I can be.

What about you? How do you feel about mundane, everyday tasks? After reading Probers 31, does anything about this woman stick out to you?

Lord, please help me to live each day to the fullest, even in the midst of the seemingly mundane.