I will be energetic and strong, a hard worker

It’s frigid and snowy today, which makes me crave hot cooked meals, cookies, and a fireplace to cheer up the house. Overcast skies like the one outside my window make me want to be productive, but my motivation lags. Words escape me and distractions abound, so that even writing a blog post becomes more time-consuming and draining than usual.

The Proverbs are full of admonitions to work hard:

“Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no princeĀ  or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter” (6:6-8). This Scripture goes on to say that a little extra sleep, a little more rest, and poverty will pounce on me like a bandit.

Proverbs 10:4 tells me that lazy people become poor but hard workers get rich.

And of course there’s the Proverbs 31 description of a wife of noble character. “She is energetic and strong; a hard worker” (31:17). This woman is more precious than rubies. Sounds good, no? I like it so much, I choose it for today’s confession.

I will be energetic and strong, a hard worker.

The entire Proverbs 31 woman is a bit much for me to bite off all at once, but taken in small chunks I might be able to achieve something of value. From the creation of the world in Genesis 1 to the renewing of it in Revelation 22, it’s clear that God honors hard work. He looks favorably on the person who doesn’t wallow in laziness or self-indulgence. With that in mind and written on my heart, I will move through this day working hard, with energy and strength. Even if it is noon before my morning tasks are completed.

Are you naturally a hard worker, or do you need someone to give you direction and motivation?

I trust in the Lord

My husband came home this week and told me work will be slow, possibly for months, and he won’t get full-time hours. Bills loom, little ones fuss for food, and our cars (and computers) need repairs. My first response is to panic, but something keeps my emotions in check. Barely. I remind myself that much of the world can relate – and even has a more dire situation than ours. Who can get us out of this mess?

With the national unemployment rate hovering at just over 9%, the jobs crisis continues. Headlines report the world economy is on the brink of crashing as hundreds of thousands of people pull their money out of national banks. The United States of America watches televised debates of potential presidential candidates and scratches their heads, wondering who can be trusted, who can get us out of this mess.

I’ve learned something in writing this blog. Whatever the situation looks like, I don’t need to panic. I don’t need to be afraid. Because I trust in the Lord.

Today’s confession comes from Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

When panic threatened to take me out at the knees, I chose instead to listen to the Truth. Yes, I’ve had to repeat this confession several times, but the effects are amazing. The more I say it, the more I believe it.

He loves you, dear one. He won’t let you out of His control. Who can we trust? Who can get us out of this mess? Only the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Creator of the universe. If there’s anyone you can trust, it’s Him. So say today’s confession out loud or say it in the recesses of your heart. But believe it.

I trust in the Lord.

What does your situation look like? Do you trust in the Lord with all your heart?