Proverbs 31:21 says, “She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.”
For the upper Midwest, January has been a COLD month. We have experienced blizzards, multiple days of temperatures in the negatives, and record-breaking wind chills. As I studied this verse in Proverbs, I thought how appropriate for this to be the next verse in line for this February issue of Whether Ye Eat or Drink.
I did a little study on the meaning of this phrase, “clothed with scarlet.” Naturally, I associated the word scarlet with the color red, and wondered why the Lord chose this word. As I studied some commentaries, I discovered that some fine woolen fabrics of Bible times were often red in color, but even more interestingly so, the word scarlet has a second meaning: to double, or in other words, dressed in layers. The virtuous woman made sure her family was dressed with extra garments that one would typically need.
This little research brought my mind back to over 25 years ago, when the Lord transferred our family from RAF Lakenheath, England, to Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota. We arrived in October and enrolled our 2nd grader and kindergarten students in the Christian school at our church. We lived out at the base, and daily I drove the 25 minutes to the school with my four children, two of whom were very young. As our first winter approached, I realized that we were going to experience winter like never before. Horror stories of temperatures reaching well below zero, wind chills easily -40 at times, and the need to always travel with a winter emergency kit were ringing through my ears as life-long locals told endless tales of being caught unexpectedly in white-out conditions! Wow! This was exciting to me! Like living on the last frontier!
We went out and bought snowsuits and very warm winter boots for all four children. I may have been a little excessive, but if there was a chance for snow, or if the temperatures were going to be very low, I drove with my children in their snowsuits. My fear was, if I ever ended up in the ditch (which could very likely happen since we often would count the number of cars in the ditches as we traveled on snowy days), I might not be able to reach my children to make sure they were protected from the cold. So, they traveled bundled up while I kept the heat fairly low as to not overheat them. My youngest daughter very much disliked (ok, hated) being in her snowsuit and would sometimes cry as we traveled. A few times I would arrive at school to find her snowsuit totally unzipped and arms out. I may have once again been excessive, but I “drilled” it into her that she COULD NOT unzip her snowsuit when we traveled. To instill the importance of leaving it on (i.e., fear), I gave different scenarios as to what could happen if we got in an accident. These scared even me!
I think I am not alone in having a concern that our families are well cared for in different situations. If it is extreme heat, we make sure our children wear hats to protect from heat stroke, and that they drink plenty of water. If they are around bodies of water, we have them wear life jackets, if they can’t swim yet. If we have crawling babies, we use baby gates to keep them safe near stairs. The list goes on and on.
In the area of nutrition, our families need good food to provide energy and the nutrients their bodies need to grow and to meet day-to-day challenges. What are we feeding our family? Is it the kind of food that will best protect our children from so many conditions later on, as they grow? We would never think of sending our children out in rubber rain boots in the winter time when the temperatures reach below freezing, nor would we put them in a life vest that is not suited for their weight and size, when they are playing near water. Yet, so many times, we feed our children processed foods which are so lacking in the proper nutrients that they need.
In past articles, I have shared lots of tips for preparing healthy meals for the family. The purpose of this article is to challenge you, once again, to think about the importance of health and your family. With the New Year having just begun a month ago, many of you resolved to eat better, lose some weight, get healthy. How are you doing with that resolution? Be like the virtuous woman, who doesn’t have to fear different situations, because she has already thought ahead and put a plan in place to keep her family safe and healthy.
In the winter, I most often served my family a hot breakfast. Breakfast crepes were one of the dishes that caused my kids to express cheers of approval at the choice of the day. We didn’t call them that, but because I do not know where our name for it came from, or how to spell it, we will call them breakfast crepes.
1 1/3 cups milk
2 TBSP melted butter
1 cup flour
½ tsp salt
Beat eggs slightly. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Batter may be covered and refrigerated up to 2 hours or cooked immediately.
Heat fry pan over medium high heat. Grease pan lightly. When pan is hot, pout about 3 TBSP batter into pan, tilting pan to spread evenly. When crepe is light brown and set, turn to brown other size. Remove from pan. Repeat with remaining batter to make about 12 crepes.
While warm, fill crepes with any combination of sausage, cheese, ham, diced tomatoes, green onions… and roll up. Our children enjoyed having their last crepe spread with jam to finish the meal with a sweet treat. Enjoy…and stay warm!