The Virtuous Woman is Prepared.
The Proverbs 31 woman is not caught off guard by the changing of the seasons. It is something that happens every year and she is ready for it. This involves the mental aspect of preparation, assessing the needs of each family member and ensuring that she has on hand what is required. There’s the physical aspect as well, the actual process of getting clothing and other items ready, mending, repairing or purchasing new as needed. She obviously does her job well since the verse states that they are clothed with scarlet; she has provided to the best of her ability, supplying them with warm clothing that is proper and befitting for the season.
What a challenge it is for us as wives and mothers to be prepared to meet the needs of our households! How much more I can enjoy my family if I learn to prepare in advance for things that I know are coming. Examples of this range from the mundane to the major. Mornings in our house flow much more smoothly if we have clothes laid out and lunches packed the night before. Having a menu of meals planned for the week saves a last-minute stop at the grocery store. If there is a certain season where I know money will be less plentiful, then putting money aside for the future becomes another aspect of preparation.
While I often have good intentions in this area, I don’t always follow through. Even now, I need to finalize Christmas plans, including a budget and gift list, as well as brainstorm ideas for celebrating our daughters’ birthdays in just a month. As overwhelming as it seems at the moment, I know that preparation is key to doing the job well and relieving stress.
In what areas do you tend to be well-prepared? Share any tips that help you plan ahead either for daily occurrences or special occasions!