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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 33, 34 & 35

February 22, 2010

Transfer Problems to a Tackle List


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:
Psalm 23:1-3 Today’s passage is the first three verses of what many of us refer to as “The Lord is My Shepherd” Psalm.  It reminds us that as long as the Lord is our shepherd we shall not want, he restores our soul and guides us in the paths of righteousness.

Guided Prayer:

Thank God for being your shepherd.  Confess that sometimes you act like a needy person.  Acknowledge that the Lord supplies your every need.  (As my father constantly reminded me growing up wants and needs are often two different things.)  Like tired children who fight much needed naps, sometimes we need the Lord to make us lie down.  Thank Him for loving us enough to make us lie down, for leading us beside still waters and for restoring our souls.  Ask him to guide you in right pathways, not just for our own sakes but for the sake of His reputation.  (After all, if we call ourselves Christians we need to be a reflection of Christ.)  Explain how you want people to look at your life and know that you are well cared for because you have a good shepherd.

Personal Observation:

I recently read an article that explained the day of a woman back in the Proverbs 31 Woman’s day and boy, let me tell you, just reading about her day wore me out.  However, when I read the Proverbs 31 passage I don’t envision a woman who is worn out.  Do you?  I picture a well satisfied woman.  Now why do I feel more worn out at the end of the day than feel this woman felt?  Could it be all that I have left undone at the end of the day?  Donna states, that those unfinished tasks haunt our quiet moments and drain the life from our soul.  From fellow women online (and in real life) I do believe that statement is true.  What most of us talk about isn’t what we accomplished but what we left undone.

We read that the Proverbs 31 woman worked late into the night, but I also believe she slept a restful sleep versus lying awak at night wracked with anxiety (like many of us do today).  The Proverbs 31 woman achieved that ideal balance of a soul at rest and a body in motion.  How many times have you found your body at rest, but your soul (or mind) in absolute turmoil.

So, how do we get our body and soul in balance?  Is there a way to help rectify this out-of-balance life so many of us are living?  Donna suggests we create a TACKLE LIST.  To do this we need to first go from room to room and make note of everything that is unfinished, anything that bothers us, or things that need to be changed in some way.  After you gone from room to room, take time to examine your mind — is there anything that is bothering you?  If so, write it down.  Get it out of your head and onto your TACKLE LIST.  When you record the item, estimate the time needed to complete the item, you might even want to jot down anything you might need to complete the item as well.

Add to your list whenever something else comes to mind.  Then when you have extra time turn to your TACKLE LIST.  Look for an item that fits the time available and tackle it!  Review your TACKLE LIST each evening and add at least one item to your DAILY PAGE (To Do List), so you can get to at least one item a day.

If you’re like me you’re waiting for the perfect time to tackle something.  Well, we all know the perfect time never seems to come and the item just continues to drive us insane.  Think how great it will feel when you cross off the item (and you didn’t have to wait until the perfect time)!

Practical Application:

  • Take your notebook and start your TACKLE LIST.  (Don’t forget to estimate the time do the item.)
  • Review your TACKLE LIST each evening and add at least one item to your DAILY PAGE (To Do List).
  • When you’ve got a large number of crossed off items, rewrite your TACKLE LIST.

Notebook: Create a page entitled TACKLE LIST in the HOUSEHOLD section of your Personal Notebook.

Weekly Checkup

Cumulative Scripture Review:

A wife of noble character who can find?

She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her

and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good not harm,

all the days of her life.

She selects wool and flax

and words with eager hands.

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 hr servant girls.

She considers a field and buys it;

out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She sets about her work vigorously;

her arms are strong for her tasks.

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 31:10-19

Reflect on all we’ve learned so far.

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