Thursdays are going to be the day when we look at what being a Proverbs 31 woman means in terms of our strength, health and physical fitness/energy. This is especially poignant for me because this is a big area I have struggled with for years. As I sit and write this I am overweight by about 5 stone (80 odd pounds) but this year I plan to get on top of that and hopefully these days will help!
When I think about my strength, which is what this section is about, I think about two different types of strength - physical energy and mental toughness. The latter we will be looking at as part of Friday's 'loving God with all your mind' topics. But physical energy is a very good measure of how we are doing health-wise.
At the moment I feel useless when it comes to this. I have zero physical energy to do anything, never mind to do any type of exercise. I don't have the energy to play with the boys outside during the summer, or to run after them as we mothers do in the winter. I don't have the energy to be the sort of wife I want to be with my husband (ahem - you all know what I mean here!!) and I don't have the energy to be the woman God created me to be.
That's what good health boils down to. God has given us a purpose and has a plan for our lives, but what happens when we are too tired, too fat, too thin or too sick to do what He wants us to do? We need to make sure that we take care of our bodies, not only so we have he energy to do God's Will, but because once we accept Him as Saviour, our bodies are the home of the Holy Spirit - and at the moment I imagine he's not that pleased with mine.
In light of our verse for this week, we need physical health to be able to run our homes the way we should, to be a capable and priceless wife, serving our family as we serve The Lord.
One of my highlighted Elizabeth George quotes in the 'Proverbs 31' study is this -
"I began to apply my strength and energy to better things than lazing on the couch, than non-stop reading, than excessive television viewing. I wanted to be strong in character and in body. To be powerful in mind and in body. To be efficient, capable..."
This is my prayer for today - that God will help get me off the couch and moving - whether it's only to lift the load of laundry to put it in the machine, or to run a half-marathon - I pray He will help me train my body so that physically I can do everything He has for me.
But for now - small steps!! Every day I am trying to walk / do 15 minutes exercise in an attempt to build my stamina and my energy levels. I'll be updating you as we travel through the chapter!!!
How does your physical energy and stamina match up to the Proverbs 31 woman? Are you able to be the woman God created you to be or do you need a little help getting there?
Keep shining xx