Proverbs 31 describes this amazing woman that I often fear. I shudder at her name “The Proverbs 31 Woman”. A few years back the movie Lion King had just come out. In one scene the hyenas are talking about Mufasa the king of the jungle. One of the hyenas says his name and the others shutter in fear, then overcome by the intrigue of his position say, “Oohh, say it again.” I often interact with the Proverbs 31 woman in that same way. Fearing all that she encompasses, yet being completely enthralled with the strength of her character.
One of my biggest challenges in recent years has been effective planning. The operative word being EFFECTIVE. I made my little “home organization notebook”. It is very pretty, but relatively useless. It was not effective for me. I have made lots of lists to remember things on. I hate paper trails, so I would often throw away my lists to “de-clutter”, only to realize that important information is now leaving my driveway in the trash truck. Not real effective. I have finally found something that is functional and effective. Functional in that it helps me order every event for every member in my home on a color coded calendar. It makes list making relatively effortless (with no paper trail). This tool organizes all of my digital photos in a creative slideshow as my screensaver, provides me with space to journal, syncs with Outlook, has a recipe search, AND it is just plain pretty. Effective in that it is so user friendly that I love actually using it. Imagine that.
It is a free website called www.cozi.com. The site is funded by advertisements rolling in the sidebar. If you are looking for a new home management tool. I recommend this site. It has helped me tremendously.
I am so grateful that my growth in home management does not depend on me; therefore boasting and condemnation are excluded. Scripture teaches that God will provide all we need for good works and godliness. My continual prayer is that He would enable me to ”look well to the ways of my household and not eat the bread of idleness.” I’ll save the “making of my own bed coverings” for another day.