Well Dressed and Well Rested

She makes coverings for her bed;
   she is clothed in fine linen and purple.  – Proverbs 31:22

Read these words and ponder them.  We are called to do God’s work in this world, but that does not mean we are to toil for others yet neglect ourselves.  What good can we do for God or His people if we do not take proper care of ourselves?  He wants the very best for us.  We do not draw others to Him if we appear heavy-hearted, dressed in tattered attire, and physically beaten. 

Work hard?  Yes.  Give to others?  Sure.  Take care of yourself too! 

 

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8 Responses to Well Dressed and Well Rested

  1. Freedomborn says:

    Hi Martha, when we give to others the Scriptures tell us we are giving to ourselves, if we do so with a willing heart, if not it wears us down, by the empowering of The Holy Spirit we can do all that is needed, in Christ Jesus.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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  2. Anne, you may have misunderstood me. I would never call into question the power of the Holy Spirit. I do know, however, that we are given much and expected to take proper care of what we are given. Poor self-care does not honor God whether it is an act of false humility or not. Other examples of not taking proper care of what we are given include the Parable of the talents and the story of the wise and foolish virgins. True are the words of Phil 4:13, but also true is the Word given to us in the quote from Proverbs here where the woman took good care of herself in addition to her work for her home, family, the poor, etc.

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  3. Freedomborn says:

    Both of the Parables you quoted Martha concern The Holy Spirit not the physical and so does Proverbs 31 when understood by God’s wisdom, we cannot understand the True meaning of Scripture without the Holy Spirit empowering 1 Corinthians 2: 9-16. and we are to ask for God’s wisdom with all our heart knowing without a doubt we need His wisdom and then believe we have received it and walk in it.

    What ever we do we do we are to do our best for the Lord but many make work their god and so are worn out, we have the restraints of the physical body and we do need to care for them but God will give us what is needed and when it is needed, our Love must be sacrificial as His is and from a willing heart and when this is so we will have great inner Joy.

    Christian Love from us both Anne

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  4. Freedomborn says:

    So true dear Martha, Jesus is our only Teacher and He is patient with us, He Loves us greatly and waiting for us to seek Him not others for Spiritual answers, so we will have the freedom that He brought for us when He sacrificed His life. Through Jesus our Redeemer we have been totally redeemed we need to now walk in the Victory we have in Him.

    Christian Love Anne

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    • Where would we be without His Holy Spirit to guide us? Truth is, we can read the same small verse 1000 times and He will teach us something new each time from those few words. Sometimes the lesson will truly be literal, and most times not but we are given what we need. This does NOT mean that it took 1000 readings of the words to finally get it right, but truly means the Bible has so much for us that we can never fail to be fed by it. Thanks Anne.

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  5. KingdomofGodservantv4 says:

    But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

    We may be dressed in the finest apparel or the tattered clothes, but as long as we are moving with a heart that is pure and on fire for God it should not matter what we look like on the outside. Jesus said first wash the inside of the bowl then the outside of the bowl. So it is really not about the clothes, but we do have to treat the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. Even James says that we let people into in the Church who clothed in rich robes, but we cast out the poor and beggarly, so there is justice in each of those things. If you wear your pajamas all day and you are serving the Lord, or you are dressed like a princess, in the long run it’s not going to matter any more as long as your heart is pure.

    I believe that rest and taking care of yourself is important, but also the impact you can have one life if you sacrifice your time and sleep for them. Because we live in a society where looks are important and we are often judged by we what we look, and we are ambassadors for Christ, we must also look the part, but placing too much importance on the physical can bring discouragement for those that cannot afford those rich robes and to obtain the beauty on outward expressions.

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