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7/26/11 at 12:42 AM 0 Comments

A Prayer for the 21st Century Proverbs 31 Woman

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Heavenly Father, I thank you for preserving me as a virtuous woman for my husband. I ask that your hand would be with me today, helping me to live virtuously and honorably before you. I thank you for the trust and respect my husband has in me. May I honor and bless him through my words and actions each day.

As I go through my day, help me to do good to my husband. Bring to my mind each day ways to lighten his load and make our home a true haven of rest for him. Help me to remember the small "touches" that let him feel cherished and appreciated.

Please be with me as I work to make my home more comfortable. Give me creative and economical ideas and help me to incorporate these ideas into my home. Help me to stretch our financial resources to meet the needs of my family; let me not bring stress to my family by living beyond our means.

I ask for guidance as I plan meals and shop for food for my family. Let me make meals that are nutritious, economical, and delicious. Help me to view cooking as a creative challenge and a way to show love to my family, and not as one of many mundane chores. This also applies to laundry, dishes, and house cleaning—let me view them not as labor, but as labors of love.

Father, help me to rise early and spend some time with you and my husband before we start our busy days. Please help me to rest well each night and get up feeling refreshed so that I can be a pleasant companion in the morning. It is important for my husband and I to share some time and eat breakfast together before we leave the refuge of our home for our work places.

As I work, inside or outside of my home, help me to work enthusiastically and energetically. My family and my boss deserve my best each day. Help me to make wise decisions that will benefit my employer at work and my family at home.

I know, Father, that I need to take care of myself each day—making time for daily devotions, exercise, and a little pampering—so that I may be strengthened and renewed to care for my family. Help me to make these activities priorities and to incorporate them into my daily schedule.

Help me, Lord, to be aware of the needs of each member of my family and to work to meet those needs—whether it is a need of new clothing, help with school work, individual attention from Mom, or discipline and instruction.

Help me to use my time wisely each day, while still allowing time for fun. Let me to limit time spent in activities that are not productive or that bring no real pleasure, such as watching television shows I'm not really interested in or playing computer games. Help me to redeem this time to talk, read, or play games with my family.

Father, your Word tells us that charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but good deeds done in your name will last through eternity. Let me be particularly in tune to your voice encouraging me to write a letter, make a phone call, or say a kind word. Help me to be generous to the poor and needy, to those who are lonely and need a friend, to a stranger who needs a smile and a kind word, and to friends who need encouragement.

Susan Elizabeth Ball is the author of Restorations (OakTara), the first novel in her Restored Hearts series. Susan has been involved in Girls Ministries for many years and is passionate about teaching girls and women that God has a wonderful plan for their lives. www.susaneball.com www.susaneball.wordpress.com

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