Monday, January 12, 2009

"She Works Willingly With Her Hands" Devotion

“She Works Willingly With Her Hands”

“She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.” Proverbs 31:13

The Proverbs 31 woman worked willingly even though she had a full and busy life. Willingly means “having the mind favorably disposed to do something specified, ready, consenting, complying without reluctance, cheerfully ready, eager, enthusiastic”. As wives, mothers and homemakers we need to maintain a “willingness of heart and mind” as we go about our daily chores.

Ephesians 6:6b, 7a says “…to do the will of God from the heart. Serving wholeheartedly, as if you are serving the Lord, not men….

Imagine what it would be like for this Proverbs 31 woman in the Bible days. The meals had to be made from scratch. The clothing and bedding were made by hand.
The washing was done by hand, and the gardens needed to be tended to. Yes, it does state that she had servant girls, but it still sounds like she was awfully busy!

We have it much easier today, don’t we? I don’t know about you but I am sure thankful for my “servants” (dishwasher and laundry appliances)! Yet, even with all of these modern gadgets, it seems like there is still plenty of work to be done. Are you doing it cheerfully, or are you complaining the whole time? Ask your husband. He’ll tell you!

We need to maintain a cheerful willingness of heart and mind as we use our hands to bless and serve the members of our household. Remember, if we want cheerful, willing children, then we need to set an example of being that kind of a wife and mother.

When you feel your task is insignificant, take a look at your hands, and think of how God has used them to minister to the people he has placed within your care. You are keeping your home and raising your children to the Glory of God! You have the highest calling in the universe!

From One Mom to another,


*Some portions taken from a Bible study called “Your Price is Far Above Rubies” By Delwyn. M. McAllister


Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

LOVE the picture!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

It's the same one Candy gave me that I have above the changing table. I couldn't believe I found it online.

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