Thursday, March 19, 2009

For the Domestically Challenged...

Hi! My name is Mary Beth and I am domestically challenged.

I have come to realize that the reason I and so many others feel a major inferiority complex when it comes to this issue, is due to intimidation of the Proverbs 31 woman.

By the way ... I have a name for the Proverbs 31 woman... MADGE... because I believe she was a figment of the author's iMAGination.

The one little thing that gets over looked in this passage and that we all should remember is in this verse:


v15: She provides food for her family and portions for her
SERVANT GIRLS!

GIRLS... she had SERVANTS!

Doesn't that bring a whole new understanding to this passage!


WE TOO could go shopping for fields, flax, and wool, etc...
... spinning said fabrics to make linen clothing and bed comforters ...
... plant a vineyard in purchased acreage...
... take care of the needy (in addition to our husband & offspring)...
... play with our kids all day
... AND be oozing with wisdom from ALL THE TIME we'd have to study the WORD & pray... yes... we'd be super spiritual! (pronounced in the southern, evangelistic way... speer-chul.)


ALL because of our blessed servant girls.

Who WOULDN'T be able to to laugh at the days to come knowing someone ELSE is doing your
dishes, cleaning your toilet, and scrubbing your floors!

So.. BE SET FREE Girlfriends... cut yourself some slack and enjoy who GOD created YOU to be...
quit comparing yourself to Madge...or anyone else... thinking I can NEVER measure up to her... UNLESS you have servants... then I'd better see me some flax spinning going on!

NOW... if I only had me some servant girls... or Molly Maids... Molly Maids would do...


READ THIS ARTICLE from Today's Christian Woman about the Domestically Challenged. It came today as I was getting ready to write this blog. How fun is that!

26 comments:

beloved Mama said...

me too! me to! I stand with you in the Domestically Challenged category! ha ha ha

Jody said...

Girl - I'm president of the domestically challenged club, but boy what I wouldn't do for some servant girls of my very own!!!! I could put them to good use!

God gave us both other gifts to use for him- so I burn most everything.

I'm good at a lot of other things, like knowing not to put oil on the fire and how to calmly call 911.

There are so many other things...who needs to eat, and so the white shirt is now a little pinkish - pink is "in.

I sewed (the best I could) the burn hole in the rocking chair after dropping the iron on it - what was I doing trying to iron in the first place, I should have known better! Good thing for grace, huh?

Yeah, the Proverbs 31 woman probably wouldn't have been my friend! :)

Netta said...

We were thinking along similar lines this week! Your comments are great! Love you!

Amanda said...

Excellent revelation!

You are too funny!

Anonymous said...

"I liked that blog. And I'm readin up on the article.

Very awesome, not to mention hilarious!"

Holly N.

Anonymous said...

I'm SO totally with you. I told Casey a long time ago that I didn't mind him having multiple wives, but I get to choose them....ones that cook and clean and change diapers...oh, and they can't be prettier than me. He hasn't found anyone yet, so I guess it's still all on me.

Tammy A.

Anonymous said...

You are not domestically challenged. You just have other priorities...your children, your husband, giving someone an encouraging word, writing some great funny blog, preparing for speaking engagements. I would trade gifts with you in a heartbeat. Fay (mom)

Anonymous said...

Amen to what your Mom said, Mary Beth!!!
XOXO
Fay S.

Lori said...

"Good to know!!! I wish I had some servant girls of my own! Actually, I'd be happy with one...just once a week! LOL!"

Anonymous said...

"At my home "Joy comes in the morning" every other Thursday. Lord bless her. But I still miss the mark for Prov 31."

Darlene

Mindy G. said...

"Love it! I think I will mention this next time my husband brings up the subject of our messy house. LOL"

Deb said...

I will leave my commentary out of this discussion because I am a cleaning, OCD, freak.

Anonymous said...

What a good point to bring up! :)

amanda

Karen said...

absolutely hilarious!

Marg said...

I'm with you, girl! I'd love me just ONE servant girl!
Love ya,
Marg.

Martha said...

I have a great quote for your domestically challenged readers... "Only boring people have clean houses"..."

Kim said...

Mary Beth,
thanks for the link to the article. I could totally relate. I've got 2 piles of laundry sitting in my boys' bedroom right now....DREADING putting that away! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME??? lol

Glad I'm not alone!

Susie said...

"I love your blog!

It's so true about the Proverb 31 woman...It's bet she did't have a no spin button on her wash machine like I DON"T HAVE right now! LOL"

Sit A Spell said...

Hey, when your servant gals (I mean molly maids) are finished at the back forty...send um on over to sit a spell...so I CAN sit a spell ! lol

Rhondi said...

Hi Mary Beth
I LOVE this post!! I never saw "servant girls" before. Now it all makes sense. Thanks for the insight.
Rhondi

Anonymous said...

you are a great writer marybeth,I tell myself I do not have time to read this,,,but I do , you are quite something.

sarita

elizabeth embracing life said...

Okay, so aren't servants the children we have. I think I got this all wrong. LOL. I love this and know that it's a nice place to work towards. I have yet to find th flax stand.

elizabeth embracing life said...

p.s. what is it with Proverbs this week. So many of us impressed to blog on a verse or two from there.

Irritable Mother said...

I'm there, too.
But I did come up with something to help - a New Deal. I "charge" my kids five minutes of work every time I pick up and put away something that belongs to them. Funny how their desire to avoid work has gotten them to take care of their stuff. I don't think they realize they're working when they're taking care of their things. They think they're getting out of work...And that's fine with me!!!

Jenny said...

I came across your site while surfing mommy sites and I like it. I'm bookmarking you for visiting again. I also invite you to drop by my site for visit as well. :) Hope to see you there.

Anne said...

I am also domestically challenged. Great post, Mary Beth! I love your sense of humor and how you can laugh at yourself. You inspire me.