Free Meal Planning Printable!

I am a very visual person. When I feel overwhelmed or busy I have to stop write everything down in time slots so that I can see how everything can get done. If I can’t see it all fit in, I just get stressed. So what helps me with our menu is seeing the week and what we will eat for each meal. I thought I would share my personal meal plan outline with you. Here you go: Weekly Meal Planning for printing.

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Proverbs 31 Series: Week 2

“Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.”

-proverbs 31:11

Wow. Wouldn’t you want someone to say this about you?! I definitely would, but am I really someone my husband has full confidence it?

I have asked him if he has full confidence in me and he said yes! That’s great, but the truth is, I didn’t believe him… I think he is serious, but I don’t always have full confidence in myself in certain ways. I thought about specific areas and times when I have let me husband down. I can remember multiple times when I was off for the day and he had to go to school and he asked me to call about a charge or a bill or something like that, that needed to be straightened out, and I said I would do it, but then I didn’t. I could tell when he got home and I told him I didn’t do what he asked, he lost confidence in me. I lost confidence in myself as a wife. I felt horrible each time. Not because he reacted in a way that made me feel horrible (he never did), but because I knew I wasn’t being the partner that he needed and that I want to be. I knew I let him down. For me, the root of that is selfishness and laziness those are the sins that I struggle with the most and these are good reasons for my husband not to have full confidence in me.

Here are a few areas, I thought of that I need to be more intentional about:

1. Running the household (grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning)

2. Finances. Does my husband trust how I handle our money and that I wont splurge out of emotions.

3. Backing up my husbands decisions. I think this can be a big one, some times I notice Mark is hesitant to tell me about things and I know it is because of the way I tend to respond when I don’t hear what I want.

4. Controlling my emotions. Not that I am this crazy woman, but sometimes my emotions get the best of me.

5. Managing my time. Sometimes I have the mindset that if I am not working its my time to relax and do whatever I want. I think down time can be important, but I need to be wise in how I spend my time. I like to procrastinate, but just because something can wait doesn’t mean I should relax instead of doing it.

Proverbs 14:1 says

“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”

I think it is important to intentionally build my house. I am sure the foolish woman isn’t intentional about tearing hers down, it just happens if you aren’t working on building it.

Hope this helped in some way. See ya next week!

Week 1: Proverbs 31 Study Series – Proverbs 31:10

Hello!

I am very excited about this series. Before I get started, I just have to say, I already have 2 likes! wohoo!!! and 2 people following me!! Thank you VaSanganyado at Grace Musings. Thank you Godinterest. Thank you Tyler at Faith is Key. You all definitely made my day last Monday 🙂 🙂 🙂 It may have been some small afterthought, or you may have really been interested in following my series when you clicked the little “like” star, but it was such an encouragement to me. I was having a rough morning, I even had to go into the bathroom at work to cry for a few minutes (one of those kind of bad days) but later that day when I checked my email, I couldn’t stop smiling! I wasn’t expecting any response from anyone at all, but I had 3 fans in my inbox! I couldn’t believe it. Thank you again for brightening my day!

So now, on to Week 1 of my Proverbs 31 Study Series. If you would like, join me in my prayer.

My Prayer:

God please open my eyes and my heart to your word. Transform me into the Godly woman that you want me to be. Direct me. As I meditate on this scripture help me see you and see how you want me to respond. Mold me this week and throughout this series, into a “wife of noble character” I know you love my husband so much and want for him a wife who seeks your wisdom over any other advice on wifehood, which is constantly being thrown at me from every direction. I know that I have to be intentional and seek you first. Thank you father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Proverbs 31:10 NIV

 “A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.”

Noble Character, I seem to have skipped that part in the past and almost change the scripture to say “A wife is worth far more than rubies” but that’s not what God says, and that is not what King Lemuels mother prays for…

When I here “noble” I think about the Bareans Paul came across in Acts 17:10-12

“As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.”

Why were the Bereans noble?

Because they “received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures everyday” I remember studying the bible in 2008/2009 and some wonderful sisters showing me this scripture. They taught me the Three E’s.

The Three E’s to noble character:

  1. Eagerly
  2. Examine (scripture)
  3. Everyday

This is different than reading your bible everyday..

Eagerness. That’s like the “Oh, I can’t wait!!” kind of excitement. It can be hard just getting into the habit of reading my bible daily but am I excited about my time with God? Am I eager to hear what he wants me to hear and to get to know him a bit better everyday?

Examine.

Who, when, what, where, why, how….I think context is so important when you are reading the bible. It can be easy to read the bible and not connect, but I have found that understanding the “W” questions help me get a sense of the context. Especially the when question, things were a lot different back then, than now. When the bible says something like “Then they went to Jerusalem” it is so easy to accept that and move on but when you think about when this was and you realize they had to walk and carry their belongings and take their livestock and so much more, you get a little more out if it because you realize the perseverance and faith they had. Now that is just an example, but you get the idea, right?

Everyday.

This can be the easiest of the three or this can be the hardest. What I mean by that is it can be really hard to get into the habit of reading daily, but once you do the hard part is not doing it just out of habit and focus more on the eager heart and examining scriptures.

Honestly, right now this is hard for me. I have fallen out of the habit. I have not been in my bible everyday this week. I go through periods where I am reading daily and I have slumps too. I find that my slumps are when life gets a little out of rythym. I am staying up later, sleeping in later and rushing to work forgetting my time with God. Lately Mark and I have been taking weekend trips to visit people and it is so easy to forget God, or feel uncomfortable hibernating in my room in the mornings when everyone else is sitting around the table enjoying coffee and eggs. Then during the week I work 40 hours and I’m catching up with some of the things I couldn’t do over the weekend. But this scripture really inspires me because I know the first step in being a noble wife for my husband (and for myself and everyone else who sees our marriage) is getting in the Word daily. Not only that, I believe it is key to having a relationship with God.

Proverbs 31 Study Series

I just love the Proverbs 31 Woman! Every time I read about her I am so inspired. Okay, well I know she is not a real woman… more like an ideal woman, but the picture of this ideal woman inspires me. I also love that the passage is so incredibly practical. It has been especially helpful in my role as wife. It’s incredible that every time I read it, I leave my quiet times knowing exactly where I can grow and not only that, but having direction on how.

The thing is, with me anyway, I have to keep revisiting her because when I don’t focus on her I sorta slip…. I know will never be just like to proverbs 31 woman and I will always have room to grow in my role as a Godly woman and wife, but in 10 years from now I want to look back with confidence knowing I was intentional in my marriage and in my relationship with God and actually see that I have grown.

So.. I decided to do a bible study series on her. Every Monday (for until we get through the passage) I will be sharing little bits of what I have learned so far in studying out the Proverbs 31 woman. I hope to grow through this study and plan on focusing in depth on each scripture and really build conviction.

This is so exciting! Usually I break it down by scripture and study one each day, but my intention for this is to really meditate on a scripture or two for the whole week and practice it daily for the week and then build on it each week. We will see how it goes…. and maybe if you’re reading along hopefully you will find some value in it too 🙂

See ya next Monday!

-Laura

A Blog is Born!

Yay! I have been thinking about starting a blog for a couple of years now and I’ve finally done it! I am so excited about it. This will be a place where I share and document all kinds of things that are going on in my life. I am a full-time homemaker with a full-time job. My husband Mark (I LOVE him) is finishing up his undergrad at UVA in 2 weeks! We are trying (and having some issues) for kids and we will probably be moving in the next year or so to who knows where. Things are definitely going to be changing around here and I figured if I don’t start my blog now, it probably won’t happen.

I am not an expert in anything but I do have a lot of interests.  I definitely want to focus on my walk with God here. I have been an active Christian for about 6 years and I still have tons to learn. My hope that this will be a safe place for me to share about what I am going through and that by being open about my journey it will help someone else along the way.

Being a creative is a huge outlet for me. I love using my creativity to make the most of what we have plus it is so fun! Whether it is coming up with a new recipe, sewing a pillow case, or reorganizing the pantry, I am all about it. I get such a rush and feel a great sense of accomplishment from stuff like that, so you may see a little of that stuff too. : )  I hope you feel welcome and are willing to stick around. Thanks for stopping by!

-Laura