Today’s guest poster is Kendra. She is my late night chat buddy and go-to person on most things when it comes to natural parenting. She also co-owns Fine Linen and Purple with her soon-to-be sister-in-law Emily (who will be featured here in a few days).
She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. — Proverbs 31:22
I love this verse for many reasons.
First, it portrays a strong woman, one who is gifted and skilled to provide for herself and her family, and (inferred from Proverbs 31 as a whole) she is happy to do this. Second, this verse shows a woman who is dressed in her very best. She works hard to put her best self forward and to do the best for her home and family.
God wants us to care: both about ourselves and for others entrusted to our care. We are called to put effort into managing our home, being there for our family, and taking care of our own needs each day. I know that there are days when it??s better, even necessary, to stay in pajamas or skip the chores, to manage stress or stay sane. However, I try my best, when possible, to not let that become the norm or default.
I notice that when I have time and take the time to put on a nicer outfit or do my hair, my attitude is better that day. When I accomplish a set of chores, or even set the table nicely before dinner, things just feel different. Taking care of yourself and working hard can both be contagious, and your positive attitude can work wonders: within your home and to others you meet.
So yes, I think this verse is telling us that it??s good to care, and to put extra effort into cultivating an attitude of joy in our lives. Put the nice ??coverings?? on the bed. Go in your closet and put on your own version of ??fine linen and purple.?? Take the time to do something a little extra for your spouse, children, friend, sibling, or co-worker. It may be the little spark you need to smile, and to spread joy to those who need it the most.
Kendra is a Catholic wife and mama of one little boy. She blogs about being a Catholic, a gamer and nerd, a real food advocate, and an attachment family at The Nerdy Wife. She also blogs about faith, fashion, beauty, and new feminism at Fine Linen and Purple.