10. Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. 11. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 14. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.15. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 16. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 17. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 18. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.19. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 21. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. 23. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. 24. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. 25. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 26. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 29. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. 31. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Sometimes as women we can measure ourselves with this scripture and say I am not quite there yet. But never bring yourself down because you will get there through spending time with God. Sometimes there is a misconception that women should live to the expectation of Superwoman! People think that we can do it all. Even we think that we can do it all. We go from pillar to post, from school to work, and from the gym to the church. We make things happen on a daily basis. Well let me make things easier and tell you that Superwoman is just a myth. We put the cares and the pressures on ourselves to make sure everything is as perfect as we can make it. But at the end of the day we’re tired, agitated and irritated. And then we may look around and sometimes not see the fruit of our labor. I understand because sometimes I am there myself!
I get exhausted from the routine of the day before. When I finally do pull myself out of the bed the routine from the day before will rise right into the next day, and normally does not change. Our lives are like a pendulum, swinging in constant momentum. We feel the task of caring for our family and friends, and can feel like a weight sometimes. God has created us to be nurturers and that element is in us, so even if we don’t want to do it, by default we just become it. It’s like we give all of ourselves to everything else, but never have time for God or ourselves. As I counsel with women it all boils to be the same thing, sometimes it is just too much.
We must be aware of this feeling because it can be a scheme of the enemy. The enemy’s design is not creative or crafty, in fact he is very consistent and he does not change his tools if it’s working. He does the same thing over and over. He gets us so busy and distracted, that the first thing that falls off is our relationship with God. It’s like, you can be on the go all day and full of energy but when you pick up your bible, immediately you get tired and can’t focus. When we pray and close our eyes all of a sudden, the to-do list comes us before us. Even if we crack open our bible it seems like a good idea to do it while laying in and the bed. 5 minutes later, you’re slouched, under your covers, snoring (it’s our little secret ladies), and BOOM! Insomnia cured, you’re asleep.
In order for any relationship to grow you have to spend time with that individual. When you meet someone for the first time and they call you, initially you do not know their voice. But when that call happens consistently, you begin to know their voice and are familiar with them. It is the same thing with God! When you spend quality time with Him, you begin to become familiar with His voice. This will give you clarity when you leave out of the presence of God. It’s time to get plugged in. Some of us have put our power up on the shelf. Leaving our spiritual phone to call God needing a charge. Well now I have presented you with the charger. There are no excuses anymore. You can connect to God whether you are on your job, walking down the street, or in the car. He is everywhere you are. You will never know His plans for your life if you do not spend time with Him. Never underutilize your relationship with The Father!
We are carrying burdens that God never intended for us to carry. Cast your cares upon the Lord for He said, His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I want you to meditate on Matthew 11:30 right now, wherever you are. And say this prayer with me:
“Dear Heavenly Father, I repent if I’ve made my assignment with my family, friends, or church bigger than you. I ask you to forgive me where I have not spent enough time with you. Where I have not put you first, please show me. Give me an understanding and wisdom to balance the things in my life, but most of all to live a life pleasing to you. Fill me with your love, care, knowledge, and faith so I may continue to grow. I thank you that I will no longer pour out myself to life’s demands and come to you empty, and I thank you for filling me up daily that I may come to you rejoicing, praising, and worshipping you! In Jesus name, Amen.”
With the love of Jesus Christ,
-Pastor Robyn Langston
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