Verse twenty-seven says, “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”
The Virtuous Woman is Vigilant.
The lady we are learning about observes what is taking place within her family. She is attentive to their needs, be they physical, emotional or spiritual. She is watchful, guarding the hearts and minds of those she loves by monitoring the ideas and influences she allows into her home.
From previous verses, we know that the virtuous woman could certainly not be accused of being lazy. She does not avoid work and, on another level, she doesn’t allow herself to be involved in pursuits that are of no significance. Her time is not spent on activities that have no real value.
So, on this first Monday of 2011, I am encouraged to keep my eyes open to what my husband and children are doing, my ears listening to the words they are saying as well as the thoughts they are expressing, and my heart attuned to their attitudes and desires. May I avoid wasting time and instead involve myself in activities that will help me be all that I should be for Christ.
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