The Proverbs 31 woman always seems daunting but she is not mentioned in the Word to intimidate us. She is there to encourage us in our roles as homemakers. A trait she urges us to take on is being industrious in life. “She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” (Proverbs 31:27) There are two points to this verse: she is industrious (diligently tends to the needs of her home and family) and she is not idle.
Industrious defined is “constantly, regularly or habitually occupied in business; opposed to slothful and idle.” Being an industrious woman means we map out with intention and determination a strategy to accomplish what we set out to do. It could be following through on a simple task like organizing a drawer or something more involved like home schooling our children.
Living an industrious life includes goal setting, laying out a plan, then executing it until completion. As homemakers, we benefit from being industrious in going about our day. When we lay out our goals for the week then plan out how we will achieve those goals, we are enabling ourselves to be productive in our homemaking to the benefit of our family, our home and our sanity.
The industrious homemaker purposely schedules out her day so she is making good use of her time. She is not about wasting the hours scrambling about to get things done. Everything is orderly so there is a a game plan to follow. By doing this, she can see to successfully bringing about her day’s agenda.
What she isn’t interested in is being idle in her day. As Matthew Henry puts it, “that when we have nothing to do the devil will soon find us something to do.” Idleness is the homemaker’s enemy. The homemaker that only puts off what must be done creates more work for her hands and opens the door for chaos in the home. Slothfulness does not bless our home or family. “Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger,” it says in Proverbs 19.
The industrious homemaker strives to stay on top of things and avoids idleness. Her objective is to view her week, lay out her goals and put those goals into action. One other important thing to know about the industrious homemaker, she gives herself grace if her planned agenda is interrupted. However, having an objective in place makes it easier to pick up where she left off or reschedule things to get back on track when she is able.
So, are you an industrious homemaker? I invite you to stop by tomorrow as I am having a giveaway for a fabulous planner that will help you be more organized and industrious in your homemaking. Be sure to come by and enter.
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