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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 31

February 18, 2010

Give Away Everything You Can

Scripture to Memorize:

She sees that her trading is profitable,

and her lamp does not go out at night.

In her hand she holds the distaff

and grasps the spindles with her fingers.

Proverbs 31:18-19

Passage to Read: Luke 3:11; 6:38 Today’s passages talk about giving things to others. Today’s passage also talks about how if we have more than we need of anything that we are to give it to others who have a need for it.

Guided Prayer:

Thank God for his Book which is filled with practical advice. Confess your tendency to pick and choose only those parts of the Bible that say what you want to hear. Ask God to help you become a blessing to others and to seek that first before seeking blessings for yourself.

Personal Observation:

I giggled when I read what Donna wrote: “If there’s one thing that most intimidated me about writing a book based on the Proverbs 31 woman, it’s this: I’m a lousy housekeeper.” See I can totally relate — the thought of leading this online study made me feel like the blind leading the blind — I too am a lousy housekeeper and am no where near close enough to claim the title a Proverbs 31 Woman (let alone Wife). Yet, when Narda asked me to write something on this board I felt led to post the study I was doing. I hope in some way this study helps all of us become closer to the reality of a Proverbs 31 Woman/Wife. (For those of you needing help in the Housekeeping department, may I suggest you check out a friend’s blog {and her book}: http://bootcampforlousyhousekeepers.blogspot.com/ )

Donna has an excellent suggestion for helping us lousy housekeepers as well: Give away everything you can. Keeping clutter to a minimum helps you keep an orderly home. Get everyone in the family in on it. She does give this word of caution: “Do not think of this as merely de-cluttering your house, although it will certainly help with that. Think of it as ministry.” Give to those that have need. Have you heard of a family that has suffered a fire and lost everything — go through your house and gather the things you can bless that family with (often we may not have the clothing sizes required but we may have many household items the family needs and our children may even have toys that while once loved are now rarely played with but are still in good shape.

Practical Application:

  • Go through your hose: every room, closet, cabinet, and drawer. Don’t try to find reasons to keep stuff — find things you can give away. If you come across stuff that no one (including yourself) would want — throw it out!
  • If you want a tax deduction for the items you are giving away; take them to a Salvation Army, Good Will or other charity that accepts used items. (Make a list of the big-ticket items and a general description of the smaller items and have the manager sign and date it for you.)

Tip: Before the purge, get boxes (call your local Wal-Mart and ask when they replenish their inventory and if they have empty boxes you can have. You might also want to purchase 10 plastic storage containers and a thick black felt marker (if you do not already have them).

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