“She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.”
What do we do to begin our day? Some women get up and exercise, start a load of laundry, spend time reading and studying the Bible, pack lunches, or stumble to the coffee pot hoping to wake up. Every women has a routine that they have either established or have fallen into. Have we ever thought and considered how our routine affects our families? Have we considered that what we do may set up our children and our husbands for success or failure in their day?
I love words. I love understanding the meaning and nuances of words. In this verse, Proverbs 31:15, the word rises also means to “establish, rear up, or set up.” As women, when we get out of bed in the morning we must have the thought that our routine will establish the course of our families’ day. I feel blessed with such responsibility. What I do will affect the lives of four people who in turn will affect many more people.
Two of our daughters are figure skaters. They rise four mornings a week and go to the rink and skate. They would not be able to perform well if I sent them out the door without a nutritious breakfast. They always have a protein, some starch (usually gluten free homemade muffins), and some fruit. If they left the house with a granola bar or a bowl of cereal in their stomachs their practice time would not be as profitable. The woman in this Proverb rises early and makes sure her family has a well-balanced breakfast to start their day off right. It is not a difficult thing given we have microwaves, refrigerators, and freezers. I make up a package of sausage and each morning they can reheat the leftovers. I make a batch of muffins and put them in the freezer. In the morning before they get up I pull out of the freezer what I need so they can thaw. If we plan ahead a good breakfast is not that difficult.
It is not just making sure there is a nutritious breakfast for our families to eat, it is also the mood or tone we set for the day. As a Mom if we are still in bed when the kids need to go off to school or skate, we are not actively being involved in the start of their day. Many mornings, we also begin our day with Scripture reading. This helps each of my girls to hear a word from Scripture that we can discuss or they can ponder throughout their day. What a better way to start our day, rather than watching the latest talk show or cartoon.
In order for our morning to be smooth, we must prepare the night before for a good morning. Maybe the dishwasher can be loaded and run while we are sleeping. A load of clothes can get started in the washer, or we can spend a few minutes picking up the house and getting what we need ready for the next day. This will decrease our level of stress when we need to get out the door.
The last part of the verse says “and portions for her maidens.” I do not have any servants that help with my daily chores so I do not need make sure they have breakfast each day. The word portions also means she prepared a list of chores that she needed her maids to accomplish over the course of the day. Again, this reflects on the planning and preparing for our day. It is easy to write out a list of what needs to get done. This ensures us something is not forgotten or we do not amble unproductively through the day, only to realize we did not accomplish all that needed to be done.
This verse boils down to planning and preparation. The more we do the better our day will go and the better day our families will have. We have such a responsibility to “establish or set up” our families day, and in doing this we can change the course of their day and even their lives. Will you get up for the challenge?
- What is your morning routine? Is it what you want it to be?
- Read Proverbs 22:6. How do the things we discussed today relate to “training our children?”
- Read Proverbs 14:1 and compare with Proverbs 31:15. How does the directive in Proverbs 31:15 aid in building a wise woman’s house?
- Who sets the tone for your house? Is it a good tone?
- Read Mark 1:35. What did Jesus do? Is this recorded to encourage us to start our day off with the Lord? Is there a difference in your day if you start with a focus on God rather than coffee/tea or chores?