Cutting the Carbs of Idleness

Today's guest post is by Kelley of One Heart, One Mission {she also just happens to be my cousin}. :) ___

“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27

This verse has multiple meanings.  If we want our homes and lives to be filled with God’s grace and blessings, then we need to address them both.  The first is metaphorical.  The “bread” of idleness is gossip, discontent, and self pity.  Friend, we will NEVER be able to receive our Father’s blessings and grace, if we partake of this bread.

Gossip is an evil thing.  It has no place in a home, a marriage, or a friendship and it can quickly end all of these.  It has no place anywhere in our lives.  It can be so easy to slip into gossiping.  Maybe you’re just “passing along a prayer request” and end up digging into more and more info that is not pertinent to the situation.  Maybe you are curious about when or why something happened, so you ask a friend that you know was witness to it, for no other reason than satisfying your own curiosity.

Maybe you are complaining to a friend about a quarrel you had with your husband, even though they wouldn’t be considered a “mature” Christian from whom you were seeking advice.  Whatever the case may be, I implore you to fight the urge to grow “the rumor weed,” hold your tongue, and turn to the Lord.  He is there to listen, anytime we need, He will forgive you for your past transgressions, and He will give you all the answers that you truly NEED.

Discontent and self pity go hand in hand.  I struggle with this on a regular basis.  I try not to be envious of the things others have.  I try not to be unhappy with the things I have.  I strive to “count it all good.”  I succeed most days.  When I’m feeling really fleshy though, and I fall into the pit of wondering “why me, why can’t I have this, or do that, or go this place or that,” I know it’s time to step back and cry out to the Lord.

As many times as we’ve both heard it, we need to hear it again.  WE CANNOT DO THIS ALONE!  Stop trying! It is not possible!  If we want our homes and our lives to be blessed, and shine God’s light into the world we must cry out to Him daily, and seek His help, and guidance in all we do.  If we want the “affairs of our household” to go well, we must diligently watch over them by putting God in the center of it all.

The second meaning for this verse, is the literal meaning.  Eating the “bread of idleness” can quite literally mean, sitting around, piddling away the day on social media, watching TV, or engrossed in a good book.  We never MEAN to do it, it just happens.  So what are some steps we can take to prevent it? The “affairs” of our household will never be well if we do not.

First, we must seek the Lord.  Pray for the ability to keep Him at the forefront of our minds in all we do.

Next, we literally need to make ourselves get up, and get moving.  Something I find VERY helpful is my kitchen timer.  You can purchase a small kitchen timer (maybe even find one at the thrift store or a garage sale) or you can use the timer on your stove, microwave, watch, or an alarm on your cell phone.  Anything that will help keep you on task.  Set your timer for a segment of time. I find 10-15 minutes to be good, for something you enjoy.  Maybe it’s social media, blogging, reading, knitting, whatever you like.  When your time is up, GET UPCome on, do it.  I know you can. Now, set your timer for another 10-15 minutes and go do SOMETHING.  Anything that needs to get done is fair game.  I typically start in my kitchen, because it is an easy place to start and makes a big difference in a short amount of time.  Start wherever you like though.  The important thing is that you start.  Continue rotating through this routine and you will be AMAZED at what you can get done.  Often times it just takes getting up the first time for me to go all out and get everything done that I need to get done in a couple hours. Sometimes I struggle, and work in 15 minute segments.  I have people ask me all the time though how I get so much done in a day, and this is how.  Really.  That’s it.  Just remember that every little thing you do is something, and a step in the right direction!

This week, I challenge you, to GET UP, cut those carbs of idleness, start with prayer, guard your hearts and minds, and then SET YOUR TIMER, get moving, and be amazed by what you accomplish!

What are some things that you do to help you from being idle in either way?


Kelley is a Christian wife and a homeschooling, mother of 4.  She likes to do various crafts, is a natural/best birth and breastfeeding advocate, and is currently training with her husband for their first triathlon.  She blogs at One Heart, One Mission in her spare time in hopes of helping others as they strive to raise Godly children, and effectively manage their homes.

Follow her on Twitter @mrshaggie810

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