“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27
She looks well to the ways of her household. She doesn’t just putter through, but exercises careful thought to the practices of her home; not just in management of the “domestic” tasks and to-do’s like laundry, cleaning, food, clothing and marketing, but also in the habits and practices of those in her home.
She diligently keeps surveillance on her home…
As I was thinking about the ways of our household, I became inspired to write out some house rules so I could have something on paper that represents my vision for our home. It adds intentionality and accountability in “looking well to the ways of my household.”
The house rules are still in there “rough draft” form because I’m still working them out with the husband, but once its complete I’ll be glad to post them. I’d also like to create art work out of the rules, by displaying them on pallet board or canvas and hanging them on the wall in our home.
As for housework and all the other “practical” to-do’s of being a housewife, I want to tackle them by priority because I really can’t afford the time or energy to have our home looking perfect. So here’s my priority order:
- Clean clothes and food before a clean house, a clean house before new purchases for decorating.
- Sanitation before spotless…i.e. clean bathroom and kitchen before vacuumed floors and sparkling windows and mirrors.
She does not eat the bread of idleness…
but of life. Certainly she’s not lazy, but she’s also not on a constant treadmill.
She eats the bread of life by taking time to read, pray, and listen to God. Proverbs 24:3-4 says, “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”
How can she obtain this wisdom, knowledge and understanding without taking the time first to eat from the true bread of life, Jesus himself?