|Posted on August 8, 2016 at 7:15 PM|
"Man, life is sooooo busy right now. There are so many wonderful things going on in the lives of those around me. There are engagements, weddings, pregnancies, babies, promotions, relocations, birthdays, business successes...everything. Great things all around!
When I think about all of the things I have going on in my life, I know I have a lot to be thankful for; my family, my ideas, time to develop those ideas. Most importantly, I am thankful for friendship and those in my winner's circle. When I think about my responsibilities as a wife, a mom, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a business partner...There is sooooo much to get done and seemingly no time to do it. A while back I was reading up on the Virtuous Woman described in Proverbs 31 and all of the things she was able to execute consistently. As mentioned in a previous post, I know there was a great deal of intentional planning and sacrifice to be all things to all people the way she was. It wasn't until one of my best friends read my post and shared her thoughts, that I remembered one of the most important parts of the passage (which is often overlooked). My Best Friend said, "...She had maidens and servants to help her, she didn't do any of that by herself. We're not meant to do any of this alone. " Powerful right?!
The Word says, "She also rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household, and a portion for her Maidservants." (Proverbs 31:15) Reading through this passage again, of course I see the sacrifices the Virtuous Woman made to be her best self. There is just something about helping others while letting your light shine bright�� At the same time, the Maidservants were important enough to be mentioned which tells me their presence was key, possibly making it easier for her to get her day to day tasks done. So, who are your Maidservants? Who is in your winners circle? Who do you count on? It may be your mom, your older sister, your best friend, a group of co-workers who you laugh with, your therapist, your sorority sister, etc. It may seem like you are alone, but I know if you think about it, you will realize how many people God has strategically placed in your path to make it easier to move about life. In one of my favorite faith pieces, "Footprints", a man had a dream that he was walking on the beach with Jesus. Throughout the dream, he saw two sets of footprints in the sand, showing that Jesus was with him throughout his life. It wasn't until the end of the dream that he only saw one set of footprints. When he asked Jesus why he left him in the toughest times of his life, Jesus replied, "During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you." Even if you don't have a circle of women to call or go out to dinner with, you always always ALWAYS have Jesus.
I know as women, we often have a heavy load to carry because of all of the moving parts we manage on a daily basis. If you are anything like me, you can get overwhelmed really quickly, and you often put the needs of others in front of your own, sacrificing self when you shouldn't. My Dad always makes it a point to tell me to take good care of myself because if I am not at my best, then I'm no good to anyone, especially myself. He is absolutely right. In the times that I am down, the times when I am frustrated, the times when I feel misunderstood...I know I can call on one of the women in my circle and they will be able to give me just what I need to keep going. Most importantly, I can do the same for them! There is just something about women empowering women that makes you feel like you can keep going when things get tough. Maybe it's knowing someone can relate to you, maybe it's because you can draw strength from them. Whatever the reason, I thank God for my circle."