Encouragement for Moms · Homemaking

Looking Beyond Today

About one year ago, I started looking into becoming more proactive about preparedness.  For far too long, I had really flown by the seat of my pants when it came to this.  As a homeschooling, work-at-home mama to eight, I never could seem to find balance.  We often ran out of items, and made multiple trips to the store each week when my etsy shop was especially busy.  Not only was this an annoyance, it also was a total waste of our time.

After God led me to Dave Ramsey’s program, I realized that besides squandering money and time, I had also not done a very good job being prepared.  Slowly but surely, I became more deliberate about my shopping lists.  I also started using essential oils, which was an awesome addition to our wellness arsenal.

(The items above can be purchased at www.Proverbs31.life).

Well, since we’ve moved, I found myself reverting back to my old ways.  Goodness, my one track mind has stayed focused on unpacking and homeschooling, and not much else.  It was definitely time for me to become more prepared, once again.  A few steps I’ve taken is to designate a shopping day, and to utilize Amazon Prime when needed.  I’ve also started purchasing a few extras of each item.  These are simple things, really, but amongst the chaos they have helped a lot.

Sisters, I really want to build a home where my family is loved and their needs are provided for.  The result of being prepared is a happier, healthier home, where the Lord can be more glorified.  This is such a learned skill for me, since I’m as unorganized as they come!  My husband and I are polar opposites in this department.  It is almost comical.

“A virtuous woman’s price is indeed worth more than rubies.  Living virtuously must be learned and cultivated by petitioning our Lord for guidance in this glorious calling.  We are daughters of Eve, made from the same dust of the earth.  What we become from our humble beginning is largely a result of our choices and the Lord working in our lives.  The same power that resurrected Christ from the tomb is available to us in our calling.”

-Ruth Mast, “A Virtuous Woman”

“The same power that resurrected Christ from the tomb is available to us in our calling.”  What a glorious truth!  I’m so grateful for the Lord’s help as I strive to look beyond today, and become better prepared.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I would love to connect with you on Facebook. I’d also like to invite you to my Mary & Martha Facebook Page, and to my Mary & Martha website. It is a such a blessing to serve you!

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5 thoughts on “Looking Beyond Today

  1. Beautiful words Nicole! I’m also thankful for the info to Proverbs 31, I did not know about the online shop! I have three adult sons and I still look forward to their homecomings (holidays and events throughout the year) so I can welcome them back to their home. I love being a wife, mom, and homemaker to my family. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Nicole, your site is so fresh and clean! Isn’t it fascinating how quickly we all return to our old ways? I too like to be prepared. My husband and I are polar opposites, and I appreciate the way he keeps my sometimes “type A” preparations in check.

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  3. Your post inspired me to be thoughtful about my own life and look at how prepared I am (or am not). In some ways I’ve got this! But in others…..I am lacking! Thank you for making me think about something that gets brushed to the side so often!

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