The weather outside my window today looks nothing like spring, but that doesn’t deter an industrious bird from tucking twigs into a niche under the eaves. She flutters back and forth-tugging and twisting her building materials. As I curiously watch her efforts at nest construction, I am reminded of a poignant verse from the Proverbs:
“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”
Funny thing is, I’ve never observed a bird taking apart a nest. Unlike our feathered friends, humans seem to have a capacity to damage what they’ve worked for and even destroy what they always dreamed about. The words of wisdom above provide an important warning, particularly because women have the power to build up their homes and avoid any foolishness that might undermine their efforts!
So, what does this “building” business look like? Here are a few suggestions:
For single women: The patterns you’re establishing now are laying the foundation for your future. If you want a godly family one day, then get in the Word on a regular basis. Pray about your dream for a future-family, and specifically ask God to guide you in decisions about romance, dating, and marriage. Develop “home improvement” habits that will last a lifetime.
For wives: Your marriage is an example to the world around you about what it means to be in a covenant relationship with God. Therefore, build up your spouse with your words and prayers. Be generous in your kindness. Go the extra mile, even when your husband might not be willing or able to do so. Keep developing the firm foundation of faith you’ve begun by staying in the Word each day.
For mothers and grandmothers: Whatever stage of motherhood you’re in, you will forevermore be known as “Mom.” Wear that title honorably! Make sure each child knows how much he/she is loved-by you and by God. Pray for your kids daily, and let them know you are doing just that. Build them up, even when you must discipline. And remember, being a mom is a life-long journey-your kids need you whether they are five or fifty-five!
As I wrap up these thoughts, the bird patiently continues her project. It has started to drizzle, and a strong wind is rustling at my window-but the nest she has worked so hard to construct is safe and secure. May the same be true for your home and mine.
Thought of the Month
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.