I can’t believe we are already to week NINE of this Proverbs 31 series! I could study this woman all year long and not get enough of her! She is truly inspiring! We’ve seen her work ethic as she rises early, works eagerly, shops wisely and produces fruit in her vineyard. Today’s character trait is a challenge for me!
There are two descriptions of the Proverbs 31 woman in verse 17.
1. She works vigorously.
2. Her arms are strong for the task.
The word “vigorous” challenges me. When the Proverbs 31 woman works, she doesn’t get sucked into the web world, junk mail or the television by accident in the middle of the project. She sets about her work and you can bet her vineyard has NO weeds! She doesn’t settle to just do the easy jobs she can do while sitting down – she gets into the nitty gritty jobs with all her might.
Last July I did a post on this verse titled “Get Fit Cleaning Your House”. Here’s an excerpt:
“One way that we can grow stronger (more fit) is simply by cleaning. We can burn about 200 calories walking for an hour or burn 100-500 calories by doing some deep cleaning for an hour AND have the max benefit of getting a task done!
Last Friday I showed how to make a fitness notebook. One way to grow physically stronger is to work out – but another way simply comes through out the course of the day as you manage your home. If you don’t have time to bike, run, swim or exercise or have the money to invest in a treadmill or gym membership – you can squeeze these other activities in during the day to gain some muscle and flexibility.
1. When you are lifting your laundry basket to carry up the stairs – do a couple extra lifts – up and down to strengthen your arms.
3. If you have stairs in your home – do a couple extra trips up and down putting items away – this will get your heart rate up.
4. If there is raking, mulching or outdoor sweeping to be done – do it continually for 30+ minutes to get your heart rate up and strengthen your arms.
5. Weeding, window washing, vacuuming and dusting all strengthen your arms, legs and abs – and we ALL know that carrying those babies on our hips is NO easy task!
I have noticed my arms are weaker now that I don’t have to carry my children anymore! Those baby carriers are a workout!!! But once those babies grow into preschoolers – our arms and backs will weaken if we do not keep our arms “strong for our tasks”. We must not shy away from hard work – it’s good for us!!! Working hard will help us live well with energy and vibrancy and benefit our families with a clean place to take refuge.”
Walk with the King!