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31 Days unplugged – Day 12 – A Word About Pinterest…

11 Mar

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When Pinterest entered my life a couple of years ago, it was a dream come true for me.  What a great idea-a place to house all of the crafty DIY’s and recipes and home decor ideas that I found online.  I spent hours, DAYS of my life scrolling and pinning and scrolling and pinning.  What was even better-all of my friends were doing it, too!  It was like a never-ending craft-fest!

Now, I wasn’t one of those people who pinned and pinned and never used any of the cool ideas.  I found tons of  crafts to do with the kids and new recipes to try out.  Pinterest has been very inspiring to me over the years.

I started to notice, though, that all of the things I was being inspired to do was stressing me out a little.  The kids can only do so many crafts, and Jason is only willing to try out so many new recipes (a good many of which were flops) before he longs for a good old-fashioned hamburger or plate of spaghetti.  In my quest to create the Martha Stewart-like home that is emulated so much on Pinterest, I was becoming a little crazy.  Plus, I was wasting a lot of time at night (time I should have been spending with my husband when the kids were in bed) looking at Pinterest until my eyes were burning and watering.

Pinterest put an unnecessary burden on me and my family.  It has a wonderful place in our lives, a place where I can store and organize good recipes and nice activities for the kids, but I realized that it should not be a form of entertainment for me.  It places unnecessary stresses on me to be something I just am not.

I have a long Bible passage for you to read today.  It is about a woman who would have loved Pinterest, I am sure!  What I love about the Proverbs 31 woman is that she knew how to balance it all, and that is what we all have to find: balance.  Most importantly, she put the Lord first, and because of that everyone around her flourished as well.

10Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
16She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.
19Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm clothes.
22She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.
25She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
28Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29“There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”
30Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.
Proverbs 31: 10-31
Challenge #9 – If you are a Pinterest-fan, examine its role in your life.  Is the time you spend on Pinterest useful to your life?  How can you better spend that time?  Limit your time on Pinterest to 10 minutes a day and delete the app from your cell phone so it isn’t as much of a temptation.  (Don’t worry-all of your great recipes will still be on the Pinterest website!)

The Proverbs 31 Woman

26 Dec

After a year of sickness and the past 2 months spent in the hospital, my grandma went to be with the Lord this morning.  She waited until 1:00 am the day after Christmas to go to Heaven, her last selfless act.  I am sure she waited so she would not disturb anyone’s Christmas plans.

The past couple of months while Grandma has been in the hospital and I have been anticipating this moment, I have been reflecting on her life and the lives that have been impacted by her.  In her 88 years on earth, Grandma was a shining example of what I consider to be a Christian woman.  She loved Jesus and that was evident in her everyday actions and words.

I love reading about the Proverbs 31 woman in the Bible.  I study that chapter in the Bible and try to live my life like her, and I have to keep in mind that the woman described in Proverbs 31 spent her entire life doing everything that is told in that chapter.  She couldn’t have been all of those things at once, and neither can I or any other woman, but I hope that by the end of my life I will have at least gotten close!

Reading through Proverbs 31 this afternoon, I realized that Grandma has done it!  She has been the Proverbs 31 woman.

Proverbs 31 (NLT)
10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
Anyone who thinks of my grandma thinks of my papa.  She loved him with all of her heart, showing him graciousness, forgiveness, love, kindness, understanding and support for their entire life together.  Her love for Papa exemplified what a true servant’s heart should be.  They are in Heaven together right this minute, and I know she isn’t looking back.
13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.
19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm clothes.
22 She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
Grandma was a hard-working woman.  She worked her entire life doing different things for her family, and she didn’t whine or complain about it.  In fact, her only complaint was when she could no longer work!
Grandma loved cooking for the family, and a lot of my childhood and adulthood memories center around eating at Grandma’s.  She always had something to eat, even if it was peanut butter crackers!  She made the best sweet tea in the world, and it will never be replicated.
Grandma loved canning beets, pickles, green beans, vegetable and tomato soup, tomatoes, and tons of other things.  Her basement is full of canned goods as we speak, and she always made sure to send me home with some canned foods (But watch out if you didn’t return her cans!).
Grandma always had a clean house.  That was important to her, and she worked hard at it.
Grandma worked hard for her family and for other people, never thinking of herself or her comfort.
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.
Grandma and Papa were certainly both well-known for their many precious qualities.  They were leaders in their family, which is most important in this life.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
Strong and dignified are the perfect words to describe my grandma.  She possessed those 2 qualities that a lot of women today lack, and she instilled them in her children and grandchildren.  
Grandma laughed without fear of the future until the very end, because she knew that her future would be in Heaven.  I know that is what she wants for every one of us here mourning her now.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.

 Grandma was so wise.  She knew so much, but most importantly she knew about a woman’s instinct and its importance.  She was always willing to share her knowledge and advice, but not unless it was asked for, and always with love and kindness.  I could call her up to find out about a recipe or for advice about the kids, and she would always stop whatever she was doing to talk to me.

27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.
There are so many wonderful things I could say about Grandma, but what stands out the most as I look back on my time with her on this earth is that she showed us a glimpse of God’s love for us.  God worked through Grandma for her entire life, and that is all any of us can endeavor for.
Well done, my good and faithful servant...

Well done, my good and faithful servant…