Up Before Dawn

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The Proverbs 31 woman gets up before dawn which tells me she is no sluggard. There are over 30 verses in Proverbs alone that speak of the laziness of the sluggard. “Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food.” Proverbs 20:13.

When I read from Mark and Luke that Jesus woke up early as well, it causes me to take note of this, and think that there must be something to this because everything that Jesus did was intentional. It served a purpose.

I discovered the benefits of waking up early when I experienced my first 21 Days of Prayer at Church of the Highlands. I woke up early to go to work, but I woke up even earlier to go to prayer. I was amazed that thousands of people would show up to pray at 6 AM. During those 21 days I experienced a real relationship with God I never had before. So on day 22 I continued to wake up early and spend time with Him before I went to work.

Spending time with God in worship, prayer and Bible reading at the start of my day helps me to connect with Him. He gives me strength, wisdom and direction for the rest of my day. God loves it when we put Him first. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33  Put God first in your day and He will bless the rest of your day.

The Proverbs 31 woman gets up early to provide food for her family and portions for her servants. We might conclude that we could do all she does with servants too, but the 21st century woman today has no idea how time consuming and physically demanding taking care of a household could be in 935 B.C.  With no electricity or indoor plumbing every chore, that is done by our modern day electric servants we take for granted, becomes a major job. Her servants could be younger relatives, and she would take on the training and responsibility for these girls, so they would not be the domestic worker of our day only the rich can afford.

I imagine the Proverbs 31 woman knows how to cook and provide a really good meal for her family, and she is teaching and supervising her servant girls to do the same. For those learning to cook it can take a little while to provide that really good meal. I remember the first time I made lasagna. I went step by step through the whole recipe and I got to the part where you put it in the oven to bake. The recipe did not say whether you should cover it or not. I decided to cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the oven to bake. When the timer went off and I opened the oven door to take it out, my lasagna had a top coating of melted plastic wrap mixed in with melted mozzarella cheese. Not a pretty sight and a completely ruined meal. My lasagna was a failure, but in the words of Henry Ford, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

The Proverbs 31 woman sets the bar at the highest level. I am not that woman nor have I known any woman like her. To me she embodies all the wisdom of Proverbs and lives it out. She sees herself and her world through the eyes of God. That is key. If we could only see ourselves in the world we live in as God sees us. ~ Cheryl

IMG_7685Cheryl Crawford is a daughter of the Most High King, saved by grace. Her degree and field of work are in accounting, but would trade it all to farm if she could. She enjoys reading, writing, gardening, SEC football and playing cards with friends. Cheryl is a natural organizer with a heart that loves to serve.  You can read more at her BoP bio.

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