The Wife of Noble Character - Does She Even Lift?

Yesterday was a busy day. Let me tell you about it...

I woke up at 7 in the morning, drove to town and started work at 8. I put my head down and worked really hard until 11 when I had a visitor. My visitor was a lady who had come to do a Workplace Assessment*. After she left I dove back in to my work until 5pm. Then I got on my moped and spent an hour driving home in the heavy traffic and even heavier rain.

*The Workplace Assessment is because I technically have a 'hearing disability'. I have had multiple ear operations and God has done miraculous healing but I am advised to wear a hearing aid. This is because my brain takes a fraction of extra time processing different sounds due to the way I learnt as a child. So constantly listening can make me tired really quickly. I rarely use the hearing aid to actually hear better but to focus better.

So after an early morning, a full day of work, a long drive home and the extra work my brain has of computing all the noises from a busy office environment - I was like a zombie. Wearing a glazed expression, making unintelligible noises and only moving my body in order to eat food.


Living a life like a zombie, isn't much of a life at all.

So today I've been taking a different approach. Learning my weaknesses has shown me how to make some steps toward becoming stronger. So by being nicer to myself - giving myself time to wake up slowly, making lots of cups of tea and withdrawing to a quiet space to get my work done when the office gets noisy - I am less likely to tire quickly because I'm actively fuelling my body for the work at hand.

I don't want to be weak and unable to work (or function!) I want to be strong, like our friend the 'Wife of Noble Character'.

Today's verse from Proverbs 31 is verse 17 (VOICE) which says this,

'She wraps herself in strength, carries herself with confidence, and works hard, strengthening her arms for the task at hand.'

Sometimes in order to be strong, we don't need to work ourselves to the bone - we need to wrap ourselves in strength. Today, I'm wrapping myself in strength by providing myself with what I need in order to work well.

I am able to offer myself some strength through preparation.

Marathon runners don't show up on race day unprepared, unfit and untrained. They work hard, they train, they eat right and strengthen themselves in the weeks and months before the race.


What is the task at hand for you today?

Sharing the Gospel?

  • read it and keep reading it
  • pray that God helps you to hear His Spirit today
  • pray He'll open your eyes to those He wants you to reach out to

Work?

  • get a good nights sleep
  • eat your breakfast, get your quiet time and start your day well
  • ask questions, make notes and commit to growth in your role

Relationships?

  • pray before and after you hang out with your friends
  • invest in people by carving space in your calendar for them
  • actually listen to them when you see them
  • make yourself vulnerable, ask for help when you need it and allow them to lift you up
  • don't bail on them - people feel rejected when you don't bother to meet up with them

Sharon Treharne

Sharon Treharne is the founder of the Pretty Raw club. She lives in a tiny cottage in Marshfield with her husband Dan, and a perfectly wrinkly-dog-sized hole to fill. They love dancing in their lounge, going on night time walks to see bats and playing made up games with their friends.