working with eager hands
If you have been in the Christian world for even a short period of time and are a wife/mother I’m sure you’ve heard of the Proverbs 31 woman. She is the “perfect” Christian woman. Proverbs 31:10-31 describes her. She is a wife of “noble character” a “virtuous woman.” I’ve heard about her for as long as I can remember. At one point in time I really didn’t like her. She seemed like an illusive dream. A “stepford wife” so to speak. I mean, really, could anyone really be a proverbs 31 woman? really?
Yes, I know it doesn’t have to be taken literally and it is important to have the kind of heart this woman has etc etc etc. But, for those of us women who compare ourselves endlessly to those around us (that’s me!), the proverbs 31 woman can often be the “Christian” equivalent of the airbrushed supermodels on magazine covers. it can seem impossible to be “that” mom or wife. The truth is, it is totally attainable. So, in jest, I have taken some of the descriptions and turned them into tangible things we can do to be more like the proverbs 31 woman (please note, this is just my humorous attempt to make something that seemed impossible more attainable)
My first adventure covers several of the verses. Verse 13 “She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.” Verse 19 “In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.” and also verse 22 “She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.”
I have no prior experience making clothes or anything of the like and decided that a sewing machine was a rather large investment (this proverbs 31 mama is trying to be smart with her money). So with $10 I bought a “I taught myself to crochet” kit and some yarn. I spent one sunday afternoon learning the stitches (youtube videos made it easier) and started and finished my first hat the next day.
i’ve done a few other projects, and have fallen in love with the art of crochet. i needed a hobby anyway. and its fun and gratifying….. and lets just say i have no fear of the cold because my family is covered in beautiful garments. ha. now, if only i could “get up while it is still night” to provide food for my family as easily as I learned to crochet.
a few more of my projects:
alright ladies, what are some other practical things we can do to be more like “lady 31″??