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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 15

January 18, 2010

Purge Your Pantry of Harm

Scripture to Memorize:

She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
Proverbs 31:14-15

Passage to Read: Proverbs 31:14-15 Today’s passage talks about food and providing for our families and servant girls. Now many of us probably don’t have servant girls like the Proverbs 31 woman did, while some may; however, we all probably have electronic “servant girls” that aid us in our daily household tasks.

Guided Prayer: Thank God for his gift of food. Thank him for our tastes buds that savor all the wonderful tastes he has provided us. Thank him for his gifts of sight and smell which enhance our dining experience. Confess how sometimes we allow our senses to override our common sense. I confess I often serve convenience foods (how about you?). I really want to serve my family food that is healthy, but getting it done quickly often overrides that desire. The Proverbs 31 woman went to great lengths to get her family healthy foods. She went the extra mile — Lord, I want to be like her.

Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to resist the ever-present temptation to feed your family convenience foods. Ask for the wisdom to make the necessary changes with grace and humor, so your family can adjust.

Thank God for providing for us so abundantly that we have choices about which foods to eat. Pray for those around the world who don’t have enough to eat and lack clean drinking water. Ask for help to be grateful without forgetting those in need and without becoming self-indulgent.


The Proverbs 31 woman goes far to make sure her family gets quality food (this could mean she actually traveled great lengths or it could mean she paid extra for imported goods or it could even mean she was up early enough to make sure her family’s food was prepared properly). Even though she had household help, she was still in charge (the picture painted here is definitely different from the picture I have of someone rich enough to have a cook, maid, housekeeper — sitting back allowing them to do all the work, here she physically oversees the work). Her family may not have even truly noticed all the extra she did for them.

There are lots of things we, as wives and mothers, do for our families just because we know it is the right thing to do. Sometimes they may not appreciate it; they may even get mad at us for doing it. However, I challenge you to do the right thing even then. One thing we can do for our families is to provide them with a healthy diet. This can be challenging in today’s microwave food world.

Today we’re going to start bringing our family food — real food — and not harm. We’re going to purge the pantry. Use this three-step process:

  1. If it’s been sitting there for more than a year and it’s unlikely you’ll use it this year — throw it out.
  2. Check the labels for expiration dates — pitch anything that’s expired.
  3. If it’s on the ingredients list and you can’t pronounce it — it’s man-made (chemical) and needs pitched. (This one will be the hardest — right now I can’t afford to pitch all those foods so I will probably just use them and strive to replace them with God-made foods instead.)

After you’re done, if you still have the time and energy — organize what remains.

Practical Application: Purge your pantry using the above three-step process.

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