Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Business of Building

Proverbs 14:1 gives us wisdom for a lifetime: "Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands." Although the Hebrew word for "house" and "home" is the same, "home" is the preferred word here. A house is not always a home and this verse speaks of home building; the knitting together of family and the day-to-day routine of creating a happy and comfortable place for a family to live.

The woman is accountable to God for the condition of the home; she sets the mood and maintains the atmosphere inside the home. In fact, when our husband (or anyone else) walk in the door and looks around, we have revealed what we have been doing in response to God's call to us to build and manage the home. What do people see when they enter your home? Do they find calm - or chaos? Peace - or panic? Palace - or pigpen? Evidence of preparation - or procrastination? How we take care of the place, the people, the checkbook, the clothes, etc. is very telling.

If we are not in the business of building our home, then we are tearing it down like a foolish woman. Search your heart and your home. Are you a wise woman or a foolish woman? Look around your home, make a list of the things that need to be added, repaired, set up, etc. so that your home is a refuge. Then, each day, do one thing to build your home.

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