Proverbs 31:22- “She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.”
When I first read this verse, I wondered what the Lord would have me write about, and how it would apply to this article which is normally centered around food. As I read, reread, and meditated on this verse, I was amazed at exactly how much this verse has to say, and how it applies to so many areas in our lives as women.
The virtuous woman is one who is diligent to have her home and herself adorned in an attractive way. She doesn’t have a constant fear of, “what if someone drops by today unexpectedly.” She is one who is not sloppy in dress, and is happy to have friends stop by from time to time, because her home is attractive and orderly. She often has guests in her home for a meal and some fellowship. She is not one who merely throws whatever blanket on the bed because it “works,” nor would she ever hang a sheet in the window for privacy. Instead, her beds are covered with warm and decorative spreads; her windows have attractive coverings for warmth and privacy. Her clothing is modest, but appealing to the eye. In other words, she and her home are “put together.”
When a woman is negligent to have her home and herself well taken care of, it negatively affects many areas of her life. On the other hand, when a woman is diligent in these areas, there are actually many more ways to serve the Lord and be a blessing to others. The biggest area that this affects is in the area of hospitality. So many women are not hospitable because they would never dare have anyone see their home. There are many excuses they may give, but that is exactly what they are- excuses!
“My house is always messy.” This is by far the most inexcusable excuse. If your house is messy, it is due to the fact that you have not been doing your job. This might sound harsh, but sometimes we need to be told this. There is NO reason why a woman’s house should be constantly messy. I understand that the house can get cluttered occasionally because life is busy, but it should not be the “norm” If you tend to be lazy, do something about it. If you have trouble with organizational skills, ask for help. If you’re too ashamed to ask for help, then ask the Lord to help you with this problem of pride. Your husband and your children will appreciate the order, and life in general will be less chaotic.
“We can’t afford extra things so we just ‘make do.’” I am thankful that over the years, my husband and I had to watch every penny. This has forced me to be thrifty and creative in decorating. For a wedding gift, we had received a couple of beautiful table lamps for our living room, but we didn’t own a single end table. With no extra money for tables, we took a couple of sturdy boxes, threw a table cloth over each, and placed the lamps on the boxes. We knew that this was just a temporary solution, but it did the trick until we had enough to acquire end tables. I’d have to say, our living room did look very nice, and for the most part, no one knew they were boxes. I bought sheets at an outlet store and made some curtains for the windows. I made a quilt with some leftover fabric for the bed in the guestroom. Today money is not so tight, but how fun it is for me to see a rustic sign for the kitchen, and instead of buying it, go home and make it for less than a dollar! I still make regular trips to the local thrift stores and garage sales, to find just the right item for a particular spot in our home.
“I have no idea how to decorate.” This is where inexperience can be a huge hinderance. Some people feel that they just don’t know how to decorate. If you don’t have the experience or “skills”, ask a friend for help, or look up a video on-line that will teach you. Don’t try to decorate the whole house; start in a small room. A bathroom is a great room to add a few items to spruce it up. Ask advice from friends who have more experience. I find that they are often willing to share ideas. A friend just recently sent a couple pictures of her bathroom vanity decorated two different ways to others, and asked for opinions and advice. I have another friend who felt very intimidated before actually taking on a project. She wanted to paint her kitchen walls and cabinets, to give them a “facelift.” She asked for some advice and suggestions, and then jumped right in and tackled the enormous project. It turned out beautifully, and it gave her enough confidence to start decorating other rooms in her house.
As we consider this verse about the virtuous woman, let us each ask ourselves, very seriously, how we are doing in this area. Do we care about how we are dressed, and does our home reveal to others our strengths or weaknesses? Are we lacking in the area of hospitality because we are negligent to keep our home orderly and pleasing to the eye? When we have put the effort into our home to make it more attractive, we then are more likely to be willing to be used of the Lord in the area of hospitality.
Not too long ago, I had a few ladies in my home for a luncheon. Some of them had dietary restrictions, so in order to accommodate them, I tried some wheat-free biscuits that are similar in taste to Red Lobster’s biscuits. I thought I would share with you the recipe as more and more people are becoming sensitive to wheat and gluten. Whip up a batch and invite a group of friends over to enjoy them with you.
Keto-Friendly Cheesy Garlic Biscuits
2 cups finely ground almond flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp garlic powder
½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Bacon bits (optional)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
4 Tbsp butter, melted
½ cup sour cream
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Combine moist ingredients and add to dry ingredients. Stir just until combined. Drop by spoonsful onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper (or greased);
Bake at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until golden.