She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
First thing in the morning, she gets up and dresses herself for work. She rolls up her sleeves and is eager to get started for the day.
Every morning, she lays her requests on the altar of God and waits upon Him for direction.
Even Jesus started his mornings in prayer. As an example for us of seeking strength and direction from His (and our) Father!
We are directed to start each morning off in prayer and fellowship with our Father in heaven. This is where we draw our strength and direction. It is like going to the well to draw water every morning, the Living Water! Only then can we make it through the day without drying up and becoming thirsty.
I don’t know about you but I sure notice a difference when I do not start my day off right. Have you seen those commercials where the guy is rushing through the town grumpily not speaking to anyone? He may even comment to someone, “Don’t talk to me, I haven’t had my coffee yet”. Then he gets his coffee and he is a completely different person. He is friendly and talkative to everyone around. Well, that is kind of how we are when don’t take the time to soak up the word and have fellowship with our God. It is almost like we need to say, “Don’t talk to me I haven’t had my Jesus yet”!
Even the times when we do rise early with the best intentions. But don’t full soak up the word and draw our strength from Him we can end up with a bad attitude and miss-guided directions. Sometimes throughout the day we might need to have a refresher course. This is why memorizing scripture can be important. Just something to stop and re-calibrate ourselves in the heat of the moment.
After we have our daily bread and living water we can then be more prepared to face the challenges of being a Proverbs 31 woman who is eager to start her day preparing things for her family and friends!
Lord, thank you for your word and how it nourishes and sustains us. Thank you for hearing us when we place our requests upon your altar. Help us to remember that you are our only source of strength, joy and guidance. Help us to run to you in the mornings and hear what you would say to us. Help us to return to you when we need refreshment throughout our day also. Amen