There are so many ways in which I want to change and improve, and so many different areas of my life that need care and attention.  Sometimes I feel totally overwhelmed.  How can I ever get anywhere close to the Proverbs 31 Woman?

Of course, the Proverbs 31 woman is a standard of perfection.  We are to strive to be like her, and to be like Jesus, but it's the journey that's important here.  As sinners, we'll never attain perfection, but we can grow and mature!

That's why I love the analogy of Proverbs 14:1-
"The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down."

When I think of this verse, I imagine a woman literally building a house, one brick at a time.  That's when I come out of my overwhelmed fog and think, "I can do one brick at a time!"

I pick one thing, something that will have a big impact on my life and my family's lives.  For example, one of my goals for this month is to clean the kitchen before I go to bed.  It's something I've struggled with since I got married.  When I wake up to a clean kitchen, though, it tends to stay pretty clean.  That makes it easier to prepare and serve meals, and I'm also more likely to do a fun baking project.  Cleaning up after meals is a snap, because the dishwasher is already empty.  And DangerBear certainly can't complain about a nice-looking kitchen!

That one change has so many benefits.

Building up my house, one brick at a time, really works for me!

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7 Responses
  1. Bridget Says:

    That is a great tip! I do like to wake up to a clean kitchen. :)

  2. Courtney Says:

    I think I need to make this a goal also. After dinner I tend to forget about the kitchen and I really should not do that.

  3. Kate Says:

    Thank you both for visiting!

    It doesn't have to be cleaning the kitchen; that was just one thing I decided to do that would have a huge impact. I look at my big long list of things I want to change, and pick the thing that will give me the most bang for my buck. =)

  4. Jerralea Says:

    I like the analogy of one brick at a time. Makes me think of Flylady's baby steps. It's so easy to get overwhelmed, so I like the idea of taking one thing at a time. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Kate Says:

    Yes, I've done Flylady before, but the emails got to be too much. I tend to struggle with spending too much time on the computer. The concept, though, is spot on.

    Thanks for visiting!

  6. Hey...your blog name caught my eye. Refreshmom is doing a Tuesday meme called "Ruby Tuesdays" based on the P31 woman. You might want to link up some of your posts to hers on Tuesdays. You can find her link at my blog. Over here from the blog carnival.

    Blessings and peace to you~elaine

  7. Kate Says:

    Thanks, Elaine! I'll definitely take a look at that. =)

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