I was recently reading through Proverbs 31 about the “Proverbs 31 woman”. And my attention was drawn to one verse:
She is not afraid of the snow for her household; for all her household are clothed with scarlet. Proverbs 31:21
After studying this verse, I realized it has all to do with prudence, planning ahead and being prepared. This Proverbs 31 woman isn’t afraid for her family’s health or warmth because she’s already taken care of ensuring they have warm clothes to wear.
There are so many verses in the Bible referencing prudence! And that got me to thinking about being prudent as a homemaker, wife and mother.
Sure, I can totally ignore developing prudence in my life. But it makes it so much smoother and easier to run a household with prudence!
1. Prepare for dinner.
This is a huge pet-peeve of mine for several reasons.
- Hubby needs a healthy meal ready for him when he arrives home after a weary work-day.
- Dinner should be a time of fellowship and connection.
- Timely meals are important for a family’s schedule.
I will admit that in the past months, having dinner prepared when or (near the time) Hubby gets home has been a challenge! Baby Boy is just waking from his afternoon nap and can be fussy. Scheduling all of the food to be ready at the same time can be challenging. And last minute “run-around-and-do-things-before-Hubby-gets-home-stuff” takes time!
Yet for me, its a top priority to have dinner prepared “on time.” (That time fluctuates) It can be hard to do some days, but I’ve found that if I prepare early enough, it will most likely get done! Crockpot meals have become a lifesaver!
If I don’t do this: The family can be cranky because they have to wait on food while they’re STARVING. Hubby can become irritated (especially after a hard day or small lunch). I become harried and ineffectual.
2. Stay on top of laundry.
This one isn’t too hard for me because I HATE having piles of laundry. I probably do too many small loads in the effort of having no dirty laundry around the house….which can be wasteful. Anyway, there are times when I’ve become lax and it affects everyone in the house!
Right now I consider it my sole responsibility to take care of laundry. The kids aren’t old enough to comprehend it and Hubby works hard all day – I don’t want him to have to deal with it on a regular basis.
One HUGE thing that I’ve recently changed in our washing routine has really helped me stay on top of laundry – our laundry washing detergent!
If I don’t do it: Hubby and the kids have nothing to wear. I may have to stay up late washing, drying and ironing clothes for the next day.
3. Keep remedies on hand.
It’s January and the cold and flu season seems to be in mid-swing! Everyone is sick or fearful of getting sick! To mitigate sickness in our house, I keep herbs and essential oils on hand.
Baby Boy gets a dose of immune-building herbs each morning and night. And at the first sign of sickness, I bring out my essential oils! I’m amazed at how well they work! While Hubby has been sick twice so far (he goes to work every day), Baby Boy and I have only very mildly sick once (we stay home all day).
I attribute our good health to planning ahead! Having herbs and oils on hand is being prudent. I know at some point we will most likely get sick, so I try to “cut it off at the pass” with remedies that will help!
If I don’t do it: We would be sick more and to a greater degree.
4. Pack Hubby’s lunch.
This may not apply to you, but for us, this is a big deal! We try to save money where we can and in easy ways. This is a big area that Hubby could waste lots of money. I’m thankful for a Hubby who sees the great advantage of taking his own lunch to work!
I try to pack Hubby’s lunch the night before. This makes it super-easy for him to grab and go in the morning! This doesn’t always get done (I forget, get busy, get tired!) and sometimes Hubby is forced to eat off of the Wendy’s dollar menu. (Although if I miss his lunch packing, he’s been packing it himself!)
It’s a prudent move to make, because it saves so much money, makes Hubby’s morning easier and ensures he’s eating healthy!
If I don’t do this: Hubby doesn’t eat as healthy, his morning is rushed and it costs more money if he must eat out.
5. Shop the sales!
A homemaker that doesn’t plan ahead and shop sales is missing out! Pretty much everything falls upon the homemaker to buy: children’s clothes, food, toiletries, gifts, cloth diapers, home decorating stuff, etc. But if you wait until you need something, you’ll pay so much more!
We are having our 2nd baby in May 2016. I’ve already been shopping for clothes for her. Granted, she won’t wear some of these clothes til she’s 6-9 months old because that’s what I’ve gotten on clearance recently! IT’s the same with toiletries. If I find a great deal on something, I buy in bulk and stock up!
Because we eat non-GMO, organic foods, I’m forced to buy in bulk which saves us the most money. But that means I must plan WAY in advance – like 3 months in advance!
If I don’t do this: I pay more when I realize I need something right now! Last minute trips to the mall or grocery store become commonplace.
6. Foresee evil.
A prudent man foreseeth the evil and hideth himself; but the simple pass on and are punished. Proverbs 27:12
By thinking ahead and and being prudent, you can avoid crises, problems and disasters. Evil comes in many forms. But I think one of those forms that is easily avoidable is accidents. There are precautions I can take that will ensure certain “common” accidents don’t happen in our home.
- Keep poisons out of reach. We all have that cabinet under the sink or in the laundry room that we keep the bleach and toilet cleaner. Does it have a lock? Have you taught your kids not to mess with it? Or have you relocated entirely?
- Turn pot handles in. For some reasons this tip sticks out in my mind from my homemaking class in college. I’m thankful for that because I always remember to do this. And I’m so glad! Recently Baby Boy (16 months) has been reaching for EVERYTHING on the kitchen counters.
- Move valuables out of sight. I understand that you may not want to “baby-proof” your entire house. You may want to teach your kids those things they are and are not allowed to touch. But some things to me are just “no brainers”: computers, glassware, heirlooms, etc. Sometimes it’s helpful to move the temptation away.
- Observe mealtimes. When kids get hungry, they get cranky, disobedient, argumentative and destructive. I’ve found that the longer I wait to feed Baby Boy the crazier it gets! So no matter what I’m doing, when it’s time to eat, I focus on that. I put aside what I doing (if I reasonably can) and get him some food. So many problems can avoided by doing this!
If I don’t do this: Disaster will happen soon rather than later.