Do you ever read about the Proverbs 31 woman and think, well, how nice for her. Because, here’s my confession: sometimes I do! No offense to this amazing, ideal wife and mother, but I can’t handle how productive and wise and early-rising and kind and profitable she is.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Oh honey, I want to tell her, you are making us all look bad! Then again, even the writer tells us that this woman is really, really tough to find. If he were trying to find her in me, I’d have to say, keep on looking.
My Epic Kitchen Fail
I’m not quite like her.
I’m not one to be precise. If I have to get something exactly right, I’m going to fail. So when it comes to cooking and baking, you can imagine there are times when the reality isn’t even close to what I was aiming for. Here’s proof.
What I Pinned
What I Made
I don’t think this cake is going to bring me praise at the city gate.
It doesn’t help that the recipe is as simple as it gets. It contains all of three ingredients. The kids helped me make it, and they both did a great job. The problem came in when I used a bundt pan (not part of the recipe) and then didn’t bake it long enough. When I took it out (without testing it, as recommended) it looked perfect, so I let it cool. The poor “cake” started to deflate, so I quickly threw it in the oven again. Apparently, it just doesn’t work that way.
What I Bought Instead
There are just some things I wasn’t meant to excel in. But the good news is that OTHER people excel where I don’t, like the Proverbs-31-ish people at the local bakery. They are professionals.
You know what? Maybe I AM more like the Wife of Noble Character than I thought. Let’s read it carefully.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family…
– Proverbs 31:14-15a
It doesn’t say she bakes her food in the biblical-times equivalent of an oven. It says she brings her food from afar. Now, the Hy-Vee bakery is only a few blocks from my house, but I suppose it’s far enough. And it also tells us she provides food for her family, just as I’ve done here.
Food, provided. BAM.
I don’t like to brag, of course, but I didn’t stop there. I also provided an interesting science experiment for my children about the chemical reaction created when a limited amount of heat interacts with baking soda, baking powder, and flour. Education is important.
Two birds, one stone.
A Kitchen Full of Grace
(and sometimes, other people’s food)
If you’re nervous about hosting Thanksgiving, making a dish for a party, or even just baking a random cake to have at home, I understand. Trust me when I say you’re going to be just fine, even if things don’t go perfectly. Remember that you don’t have to have it all together to be a biblical example of marriage and motherhood.
The Proverbs 31 Woman is a description of the ideal wife, and it was written to encourage young men to find godly partners. I believe in holding her up as an example for wives and moms. She’s there to provide inspiration for us all, but she wasn’t a flesh-and-blood human. Also, she had servants.
Even Jesus reminded us:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
My own version: Do not worry about what you bake, for life is more than dessert, and there’s always other people’s cooking to come to your rescue.
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