Providential Proverbs

The small, soft leather-bound New King James Version of the Bible has been my reading companion for several years now. So I was shocked to find that I never saw its reading suggestions on how to “Read Your Bible Through In a Year.”

I like systems and plans and organization. Having a book tell me how to read it seemed novel enough to check today’s suggested reading. As Providence would have it, I thought today was September 18  instead of the 20 (denial, I think for all the things I haven’t yet accomplished this week). The Old Testament reading (for tonight — egads, now I need to up the reading to twice a day, or read all in the morning…) was Proverbs 30 and 31. There’s a radio commercial I hear from time to time from a group named Proverbs 31, but I hadn’t looked up the chapter until today. Here were the words I needed to hear to keep me on the right track of balancing taking care of my family and bringing in income. “She watches over the ways of her household” (vs. 27) and “She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard.” (vs. 16). Oh my, there’s everything about how I want to live my life in this one chapter, “The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain,” (vs. 11) speaks to how I want to help my beloved in all ways.  “She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household,” (vs. 15) is what I’ll keep in mind when I need to make lunches and get something into the slow-cooker in the early morning of a very busy day.

“She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms” (vs. 17) reinforces the delight I had in new arm-strength after placing over 1,600 pounds of mulch in the garden — by myself because I was the one who had the time. Every verse from 1 to 31 is extraordinary and it will provide a lifetime of inspiration for the ways in which I desire to live.

My prayer is that you take the time to read or re-read Proverbs 31 soon.

Blessings and kind regards to you all.