I’m working through the Good Morning Girls Proverbs 31 study. It’s not too late to start! Click over and download your copy of the study today!

Proverbs is a book so full of wisdom and real life examples that we can apply to our every day lives. This is evident in chapter 31 when it describes the characteristics of a beautiful, resourceful and Biblical wife. 
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I touched earlier on what to do when you feel like you’re falling short of being this “perfect” woman and it’s good to have that in mind as we are studying more of this passage!
“When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.”
Proverbs 31:21-22
This woman is prepared! The fine clothing and bedding that her family has will keep them warm. She is strategic in getting ready for cold weather {and where I live, it gets COLD}, and if she had a car she would probably have an emergency kit, snow pants and boots tucked into the trunk! And the quality of what she owns is sure to last–it is of fine linen and scarlet, which in Biblical times referred to things that were well-made and valuable.
Practically speaking, these verses make me ask myself, am I prepared for what I may need in the future? If I see a good clearance sale on winter coats, do I buy it for next year instead of spending money on a full-priced one later on? And have I made room in my budget for those extra purchases? 
Is my pantry stocked with food that will help me feed my family well if it blizzards in the winter and the roads are closed? {This is a reality where I’m from!} And even when it’s nice outside, do I have a meal plan that will help me avoid spending money going out to eat when it’s not necessary? These verses encourage me to be purposeful in the way I care for my family’s physical needs.
Lord, thank you for the privilege of caring for my family. Help me to be intentional in providing for their needs and help me to plan ahead. Give me the grace and strength I need as I am transformed day by day into the woman You want me to be! Amen.
What is the area in which you struggle most with being prepared? I’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comments. Hopefully this will be a springboard for discussing some practical tips here at the blog for preparing for the future!

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5 Comments on Preparing for the Future–Proverbs 31, Week 7

  1. I need to work on adding more canned goods to my pantry. I love this blog. I just wanted to let you know that I featured you on my Blog Pick Wednesdays! deloranow.blogspot.com

  2. My biggest struggle is making sure I have enough organized and structured play to help foster the little one’s imaginations. I know the best ideas sometimes spring forth from mere free play, yet, I feel that I need to help provide a productive environment and sometimes I’m just out of ideas!

    I guess I’m measure myself against pinterest standards…and should really just stop comparing. :) Or focus more on the amount of time spent with my kids rather than on making sure our schedules are always full of over-the-top fun and motivational projects…oh i don’t know – see yes, that’s my struggle! I’ll get there with wisdom, one day at a time.

    Patty from http://www.fanta4two.com

    • Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts–I always compare myself to Pinterest people as well and I never feel like I do enough “stimulating” activities with my kids. I know my mom says to let them get bored :) but I have a hard time letting that happen! One day at a time is right!

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