Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Beautiful Moms - Prepare for Winter
My mind is full of something the Lord laid on my heart this morning concerning thankfulness and offering the sacrifice of praise - however, I am not quite able to tie it in with my Beautiful Moms theme. So, be sure to check back tomorrow for "We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise."
In looking through Proverbs 31 for an appropriate topic for today, the Lord smote me with verse twenty-one: "She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all the household are clothed in scarlet."
I live in upstate New York. In case you haven't heard, we get feet upon feet of snow almost every year. Worse than that - it gets COLD here. For those of you who live in Texas, Florida, etc., COLD does not mean 45 degrees. Come up for a visit mid-January, and good ole New York will introduce you to numbers you never knew existed - such as the BELOW ZERO range.
This means heavy coats, boots, mittens, and hats for each family member. Let's see - there are nine of us. That's 9 coats, 18 boots, 18 mittens, 9 hats, 9 scarves, 7 snowsuits (for the kids), and, often, 7 more coats just for church, etc. That's a lot of paraphenelia.
Oh, the joys of stepping over wet boots in the mud room. More joyous still are the sounds of "That's MY hat!!!" lilting through the house as 7 little people get ready to play outside. How my heart soars when one comes to me and tearfully says they cannot find one of their mittens (which one? Oh, they are kind enough to take their turns).
For all of the above reasons, I have put off the winter clothes shopping this year. I'm almost positive that gloves will be lost before the first real snow fall if I get them while the leaves are still on the trees. Kind of like my daughters winter boots were worn out after being worn all summer.
However, it is now November. I've lived in NY all of my life and I don't know if there has been a year when it didn't get REALLY cold in November. We've voted in the snow a few times. We've driven to Thanksgiving dinners in snowstorms. Time is running out. I HAVE to get my family prepared.
Not only have I waited so long that my children may not enjoy the first real snow for lack of things to keep them warm, but I'm going to have to pay full price for most of the necessities. This is a year when 6 of my children need new boots. The hand-me-d0wns have been worn beyond recognition and each child seems to have that pesky problem of growing feet. A wise woman would have looked for sales last year (though, in my defense, it is very hard to gage the rate of growth for young children) or set aside some cash for these purchases throughout the summer months instead of breaking the bank all at once!
This verse slapped me across the face. Waiting to the last minute is NOT what a wise woman will do. I go to church with a woman who is constantly on the look-out for clothes to use throughout the year. All of her children are grown and now she blesses our family with her great finds. However, I don't believe she ever feared the snow while her children were home, because she was prepared. This is a wise woman and she truly is a Beautiful Mom. I could glean so much from her example.
Lord, forgive me for being so foolish; for being more like the sluggard than a virtuous woman who honors you by taking care of her family. Help me to learn from this experience - this fall -and be more prepared for the next cold spell.
How about you? A mom's mirror is often her family. Are they ready for winter or are they shivering? If they're getting frostbite on their fingers, like mine are, we moms still have more grooming to do. If your children are ready for winter and have the uniforms to prove it - congratulations on being a Beautiful Mom!!!