"She girdeth her loins with strength…"
~ Proverbs 31:17a
There are days when you wake up feeling less than ready to meet the challenges. Perhaps you have a headache, or you feel that "edge" coming on (you know which one I am referring to), maybe it's simply poor weather (too hot, too cold). Whatever the reason, you could feel it in your bones that the patience level is zero and yet the whole household is depending upon you to function properly!
For moments like this, it helps to gear up in our God given armor!
"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
~ Ephesians 6:11
Like our Creator gave Israel many physical symbols regarding their garments as reminders of Him, I like to think that the apron for the "keeper at home" can be used as a similar tool. When we tie the apron-strings around our waists, we are "girding our loins" with "truth".
"Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
and having on the breastplate of righteousness…"
~ Ephesians 6:14
The "truth" is that we work for and represent the King of Kings as we fulfill our Titus 2 roles. The "strength" spoken of in Proverbs 31:17 is the heavenly help from our Creator. Our apron can be a reminder that we are serving Him and in whatever we do, we are to do it with all our heart (Colossians 3:23).
There is a daily battle but we are well equipped! Our weaponry is simply the power of prayer. As the keeper at home, this is one of our greatest defenses. There may be scars (or in our case, "stains") but with help from the Almighty, we "can do all things" (Philippians 4:13)!
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might."
Next time you feel the day spiralling out of control, put on your *apron armor* and let it remind you that we are His ambassadors. We are not alone and though today may be tough, the future with God is always promising!
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord,
thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
"Strength and honour are her clothing;
and she shall rejoice in time to come…"