Proverbs 31:15 says, “She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.”
As I mentioned in a previous article, I was challenged by a friend to read Proverbs 31 every day for a period of time. During that time, as I read, I would mark a passage, highlight a verse, or write a comment as the Lord spoke to me through His Word. Verse 15 in my Bible has many marks, and it is the only verse of the chapter that has a star next to it revealing that this is the verse that the Lord had for me to learn the most from.
I learned a lot about the virtuous woman from this one verse. She was a wife and mother who awoke very early, before anyone else in the family. Even before the sun came up, this woman would quietly get ready for the day. Her main focus, according to this verse, was to prepare food for her whole household. She had breakfast ready for her family when it was time for them to get up. Not only did she serve breakfast to them, but also to her maidens that worked for her. Wow! She had servants who could have waited on her, but instead, she provided food for them.
In contrast to what the Lord teaches, the world promotes a very different philosophy for women. Instead of living their lives for their families, women are encouraged to have “me” time. How many women feel justified in running off to the gym first thing in the morning, instead of making sure their family has a nutritious breakfast to eat?! I’m afraid many moms, especially those of young children, sleep in until they hear their children awake, and then have the difficult task of trying to make breakfast while the children are demanding attention. This frustration, I’m sure, is what causes so many mothers to resort to serving easy, already-prepared breakfast foods.
A woman who has purposefully gotten a jumpstart to her day by rising early not only has a better handle on breakfast, but can accomplish other things, right away, before the demands of a family are upon her. A little thought can be given toward the other meals of the day. Meat for the evening meal can be taken out of the freezer in the morning, or ingredients can be put into a crockpot to cook all day. While the children are calmly eating a well-balanced breakfast, a batch of muffins could be easily whipped up and baked, to be enjoyed, later on, perhaps with lunch. Giving a little forethought regarding what could be served for lunch during a busy homeschool day is much better than trying to come up with a plan when the clock hits 12:00 and hungry children need to eat NOW.
Let’s not fail to realize the impact of applying this verse has on our relationship with our husband. What husband wouldn’t enjoy saying goodbye to a wife who is dressed and ready for the day, after having served him a satisfying breakfast? The same husband that will more likely be looking forward to returning home to a well-organized household where the wife has supper well on its way to being ready and served.
Life has unexpected twists and turns, and in reality, every day does not usually begin perfectly as in the example of the virtuous woman. But the Lord gives us these guidelines as something to strive for. Let’s try to be more like the virtuous woman of verse 15, and rise early to be ready for tasks that lie ahead for the day.
I am sharing a soup recipe with you that I hope will help warm you up while winter is still very much upon us. The recipe also includes a tip for starting the supper prep while making breakfast in the morning.
*1 onion, chopped
*2 Tb oil
*1 pound ground beef
*1 garlic clove, minced
*1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
*1 tsp each salt, marjoram, sage, fennel seed
*Dash of black pepper
8 cups water
3 Tb chicken flavored broth powder
3 medium potatoes, sliced thin
¼ cup half and half
Handful of kale
Sauté onion in oil. Add beef, garlic clove, red pepper flakes, salt, marjoram, sage, fennel seed and black pepper. Cook until browned. Add water and broth powder and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and simmer until potatoes are tender. Before serving stir in half and half and torn kale leaves.
*In the morning double these ingredients and sauté until browned. You now have a flavorful beef sausage that you can divide in half. Use one half to be served with eggs and toast for a hearty breakfast, and save the other half to used in the soup for the evening meal.