An excellent woman [one who is spiritual, capable, intelligent, and virtuous], who is he who can find her? Her value is more precious than jewels and her worth is far above rubies or pearls….She looks for wool and flax and works with willing hands in delight (Proverbs 31:10, 13, Amplified).

Do you ever have a flashback that suddenly makes sense of something you didn’t give much thought to or understand at the time? That happened to me as I was reading through the different translations of our Proverbs 31:13 focus scripture for this blog. I had not thought about this for many, many years, but as I read “And works with willing hands in delight,” there it was: I remembered that when I was a young girl, the name of the Women’s Ministry in the denomination I grew up in was “The Ladies Willing Worker Band”, which I remember as simply the “Willing Workers”. I wonder if we would embrace that title in our generation? That probably wouldn’t be our first choice-ha! They eventually adopted a new, more modern name, but it made me think that this scripture and concept was dear to their hearts and should be to ours as well.

I thought of all of the things that we do with our hands. We buy food, we cook meals, we shop for our homes and families, we clean dirty things, we beautify our surroundings, we wash clothes, we run endless errands, we work in the yard, we take care of the sick and the well, we work with our hands both in the home and out of the home. We are workers! The question is, are we willing workers? Do we delight, as the Scripture says, in the work of our hands? Jesus said that the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy. Do we approach the work of our hands with peace and joy knowing that we are demonstrating the kingdom of God and his righteousness with the work of our hands when we do so with delight in Him?

I am thankful today for this reminder that as I work with my hands without complaining or grumbling, I become a willing worker who delights and finds pleasure in loving and serving Jesus even in the demanding and often mundane chores and hard work of the day. He is my source of joy and delight regardless of the labor required for the day. May we all be women who are willing workers who delight in the honor and privilege of serving the King in everything we put our hands to. He is worthy of our constant delight and willingness to give Him glory in all we say and do.

In my life, one of the biggest roadblocks to being a willing worker is over-scheduling myself. When I have too much to do and not enough time to do it, I find myself to be anything but delighting in my work!
So how do we as busy women set ourselves up to be willing workers? We prioritize and organize. We make our secret place time with the Lord our first priority. Our commitment to that time sets the order for the rest of our days. Then, depending on your season of life, you prioritize your husband, family, work, ministry, etc. Knowing who your priorities are helps establish how you spend your time and energy.
Once you have ordered your priorities, organizing your time accordingly can make a big difference in efficiently and willingly approaching your work.
This year I ditched the iCal in favor of a paper calendar. I can see my month more clearly and have learned over time how much my schedule can bear while still caring for my top priorities.
I’ve also streamlined my housekeeping routine by keeping up with a monthly calendar. By doing a little bit every day, I’m less likely to fall so far behind on housework that it’s tough to catch up. Clean Mama and Printable Crush have great calendars that you can adapt for your routine.
On a typical week I also have a usual day I go to the grocery store, pay bills, and do other weekly chores. While this routine may sound confining, in reality it helps me accomplish everything I need to in a given week, while establishing boundaries for the amount of time I have for other work.
By doing what I can to organize my days according to my priorities, I set myself up to be a willing worker, delighting in what I do!

 By Toni Kline & Jeannie Print

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