by Jackie M. Johnson
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31:39 NIV
Once upon a time there was a woman who loved God and worked hard to care for her family. She taught her kids, bought a field, planted a vineyard, sewed clothes, and got a lot done—with her strength and dignity intact and even a bit of laughter!
No, it’s not Joanna Gaines, from the popular Magnolia empire of fixer upper homes and corresponding merchandise.
This super-productive person is known as the Proverbs 31 woman. She is described in Proverbs 31:10-31. We don’t know her name, but if she lived in the 21st century, most likely she’d have her own DIY show and books on how to do just about anything.
What I like about the Proverbs 31 woman is that she is wise. And she laughs! Yes, she’s industrious, but she’s also compassionate, and kind. Her children call her blessed, and her husband praises her.
Whether we’re married or single, work inside or outside the home, we can be a wise steward of what God has provided for us, and our home can be a place of blessing to all who enter.
But we don’t have to do it alone. Powerful things happen when we invite God into every area of our lives—our heart, our home, our loving, our doing, our being, our creating…into everything. That’s why prayer is so important. It builds a solid foundation, a bedrock of strength, hope, and joy in our lives.
Prayer is foundational to every home—whether it’s a condo or a cabin, a trailer or a tri-level.
We can pray powerful prayers throughout the day. If we’re at home, we can intercede for our husbands when we’re folding laundry. We can lift up your son’s hard day at school while making dinner. At work, we can talk to the Lord on our lunch hour about our needs.
Thank God for the home you have, and ask Him to help you wisely manage the resources He has provided. Pray for protection and safety. Pray for loving family relationships. Pray for peace and harmony in your home. Ask God to help your family become better connected with Him and with each other—despite your busy days. Pray for a heart of hospitality to welcome family, friends, neighbors, and others into your home.
A home that is built on love and fortified with prayer will stand strong and last long.
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About the author: Jackie M. Johnson is an accomplished author and blogger who inspires readers worldwide with hope-filled and encouraging content. Jackie is the author of Power Prayers for Women, the breakup recovery resource, When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton Is Empty, and Praying with Power When Life Gets Tough. Jackie’s is member of AWSA and CAN (Christian Authors Network). Connect with Jackie at www.jackiejohnsoncreative.com.
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