If you have looked at the weekly menus, you may have noticed that I use a crock pot two times a week. There are a few reasons for this. One: I am in school full time pursuing my BS in Nursing, and I have class on Mondays and Wednesdays. My Husband has been starting work between 5:30 and 7 Am…the means He is up by 4:30 or 6. While he is perfectly capable of preparing a meal ( He WAS Mr. Mom for two years…I will have to post about that some time) the last thing I want to do is make him make dinner after working all day…But I need to be on campus by 4:00? So how is a woman supposed to feed her family?
Two: I read this post http://www.lainesletters.com/letters/quiettime.html when studying the Proverbs 31 woman. Let me summarize in my own little Clay Pot way…
Women will often state that we can not be the Proverbs 31 woman…we can’t possibly do it all…she was a woman of means…she obviously had servants:
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. Proverbs 31: 15
- We all have running water.
- Most of us have a hot water heater.
- We have furnaces.
- We have Washing machines
- We have dishwashers
But are servants self directed? Do servants get up and say…”I know exactly what my master wants today…I am just going to do it all on my own.” Well, some may I suppose, but just like we are to be servants of Christ…the more we follow after our own ideas with out checking in with the master…the more we veer from what He would have us do. And we can only work with what the LORD provides for us…we have no resources of our own. Our appliances are very simple servants. Every day, my washing machine performs the same task–sometimes 10 times a day! But it still has not learned to put the laundry in, add detergent, and fill with water all on its own. My crock pot can’t chop a carrot to save its life. But I am their master…and it is my job to give them the supplies they need and to tell them what to do. There are so many analogies and lessons that could be learned here it makes my head spin! Jesus has me going to school right now. But that does not mean that I can neglect my tasks in providing for our family. Nor does it mean that my husband should have to do more than He already does. So, Out comes the little servant girl the “Crock Pot.” She is quiet, pleasant looking, and will work diligently for 4-5 or 6-8 hours at the rate I tell her to work at, and given the right supplies she prepares marvelous meals.
If you are not a fan of the crock pot…so be it. But take some time to examine the blessings in your life and the comforts that you have been afforded…and then ask Jesus to show you how you can use them to serve Him.