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Rising and seeking spiritual food for the household

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Spiritual food and assigning tasks. There are some pretty powerful ideas packed into this one line of scripture.

15 She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks.

{Proverbs 31:15 AMPC}

I don’t know about you all, but I don’t have any maids. This part always sticks out for me first. Maids.

I have two children, but they are much too little to accomplish very much. My almost four year old puts away cutlery, puts away her clothes, and folds small towels. My newly one year old, well, I’m lucky if she allows me to get much done, let alone doing any tasks herself.

As far as assigning my maids tasks for the day, I guess I’m on my own when it comes to this verse. Therefore, this leaves me with gathering spiritual food, assigning tasks for the household, and planning.

Spiritual food. Planning. Where to begin?

Today I want to write about the first part of the verse: “She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household.”

Read more: The discovery that changed my life journey

Rising while it is yet night

On my journey, this verse was intimidating. I was a new mom and sleep was in short supply. On the other hand, I did not get very much me time to accomplish anything when my baby was awake.

I had to look at this verse and ask myself what I needed in order to fulfill this verse. I knew I had to get up early, but how early? I basically figured out the average time my daughter woke for the day and then looked at my husband’s work schedule. I determined I wanted to get up an hour before they did. It was a great plan, right?!

Plan as I did, it never happened. Period. End of story.

I struggled around for a little while and then in April 2015, I found the neatest thing ever. I found my “solution”.



Quest for spiritual food.

In my searches in Google, I was searching for “Proverbs 31”, “Spiritual Food”, and anything else I could think of to slingshot me to success. I found a website called Hello Mornings and it encouraged women to live out this verse by providing support to wake early, to seek spiritual food, to plan for the day, and to get up and move.

I immediately signed up and it seemed like the solution to my struggles. I waited in eager anticipation for the next study session to get closer so I could join a Facebook support group.

Ready, set, go!

When registration opened up, I was able to find a group for stay at home mommies who had little children. It was perfect. I quickly introduced myself and couldn’t wait to begin.

I prepared myself mentally for what I was taking on and I was going to jump in with both feet, no looking back. This meant: getting up early; spending time in God’s Word to satisfy the spiritual food component; planning for the day to work on the assigning tasks component (more on this in my next post!); and moving to strengthen my body so it was prepared for anything God threw my way.

Day one was amazing. I got up and accomplished everything I set out to do. Week one went amazing and was everything I craved.

Week two, I was still doing pretty good.

Success?

Week three, slowly my enthusiasm started tapering off as a few late nights and a baby always waking were starting to take toll on my body. Slowly I started cutting things out, but I kept getting up a small time before my family and still spent my time with God. The extra time in His word and praying for my family felt so good; I was beginning to feel renewed.

Then I got overwhelmed that the whole set of tasks were not getting done and slowly started cutting more and more until at the end, I was sleeping in again.

Now I didn’t give up. I really wanted this and I really wanted it to work. I just learned that it wasn’t the solution. It was a tool. As all things, I had to work at it to get it right and make it work for me.

Each session, people would come and go, but I have been in the group for over two years!

Have I got it perfect yet? Absolutely not!

I have started co-leading our group which keeps me mostly accountable to keep up on the studies.

Let me say this one thing: there is grace upon grace.

We all stumble and fall, but having others there for you to pick you back up again is priceless. I don’t see myself leaving my group any time soon as they encourage me, they pray for me, they extend grace, and they show the love of Christ. Best of all, I do the same for them: I encourage them, I pray for each one of them, I extend grace, and I show them the love of our savior.

As a woman striving to be a Proverbs 31 wife, all I can say is that having a group of women that I can talk has been the best decision I have made. The encouragement is worth so much.

So many benefits

There are two things I have learned on this particular journey: rising before my family sets my day up for the most success and spending time getting spiritual food uplifts my spirit.

Let me explain. By getting up first, I am able to prepare for the day and get things organized without distractions. I am able to mentally prepare myself for the impending chaos. I am also able to be fully awake and ready to help with the needs of my family as they wake up. I am able to greet them with a clear mind and with pure joy because I spent time with God first.

God first. As a mother and a wife, this can be so hard. When I spend time with God first, I seek spiritual food and soak up His Word. I find strength for the day as you would feeding your body physical food. I am able to find pieces of His Word that speak to me in the season I’m in and they guide me through that season. His truths speak to me.

Power of prayer.

Finally, I am able to pray for my family during this alone time with God. I am able to look at how their last day went, ask myself if they are facing any struggles, and to focus on the good things of the previous day. I pray for healing, encouragement, guidance, safety, and anything else I can think of. I praise their accomplishments, answered prayers, and all things as He is worthy of our praise. I thank God for placing them in my earthly life. That alone is worthy of high praise.

God is so good. The least we can do is spend some quiet moments with Him gathering spiritual food that we can extend to our families. For me, Hello Mornings has greatly helped me in this journey. Their bible studies are thought provoking and well laid out. The support and structure of the program is fantastic.

If you are seeking ways to begin rising early and gathering spiritual food, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it as a starting point for your journey.

Finding a good group of ladies to share in your journey is never a bad idea.

Thank you!

Many blessings to you! Thank you to all who are following me on my journey; if you aren’t already, please feel free to follow me to get notifications of new posts.

Have you prayed for your spouse today?

For anyone starting their journey, let me know in the comments so I can pray for you. Feel free to comment below with anything that has propelled you forward in your walk with Christ, how I can pray for you, or any other comments!

There is a mug of cocoa, a bible is open and the text encourages you to seek spiritual food for your household.
There are so many benefits to waking before your household to seek spiritual food, pray, and prepare for the day.

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4 thoughts on “Rising and seeking spiritual food for the household

    1. I’m thankful for God’s Word which provides the ultimate encouragement. Thank you for your kind words and for reading. Have a blessed day.

  1. As a mom of a 3 and 1 year old, this is something I would love to work on, rising in God’s Word to start the day right. Thank you for sharing

    1. Thank you for your message. It’s hard with small children (mine are 4 & 1) but it is so amazing for me as a mother when I spend my first moments with God. Lots of times, they end up waking because they somehow hear me, but some breakfast at the table typically helps. Thank you for reading and hope that you can find these moments. Have a blessed day.

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