This woman is an absolute ROCK STAR of virtuous living. She does it all - from being the perfect wife, to owning a business, to making clothes, serving the poor and more. What is her secret? The most important attribute she has - the one that fuels all her other virtues is that she is a "woman who fears the Lord." (Pr. 31:30) Her relationship with the Lord is the motive and strength behind all her other undertakings. It is no surprise to read that she too lives out the Heroic Minute - "rising while it is still night..to provide food for her household and tasks for her maidens." (Pr. 31:15)
When I was a new Mom, my sleep-deprived brain could not comprehend how this Proverbs 31 woman pulled off everything she did in a single day. I wanted to be like her, but could barely even manage to be showered and dressed before Noon. During this season in my life, I discovered a series of talks which Kimberly Hahn had given on applying the virtues and discipline of the Proverbs 31 woman to our own lives. I would pack my infant son in his car seat each day and pop in a cassette (oh yes, dating myself for sure) into the car's player and soak in all of Mrs. Hahn's wisdom and insights. She has since developed the series of talks into a series of books. In the second of the series' six books, Graced and Gifted: Biblical Wisdom for the Homemaker's Heart, she examines the words of Proverbs 31:15.
I'd like to share just a few points from Mrs. Hahn's powerful book with you - points that related to the benefit of living out the Heroic Minute with "strength and dignity" as the Proverbs 31 woman does.
- "Time is a gift - these minutes will never occur again. They cannot be stored like money in the bank or clothes on our closet....We do not have to be quantifiably productive every minute, but we do want to live these minutes well." (p. 65) Through striving to live out the Heroic Minute, we can exercise good stewardship of one of God's most precious gifts - the gift of time.
- "Prayer in the morning is part of our preparation for meeting our household's needs; we need to get our bearings before we get bombarded." (p.67). I can attest from my own life that when I begin the day ahead of everyone else and in prayer it does result in less stress for me and a smoother running day for my family.
- "When the Proverbs 31 woman rises early in the morning, she places the care of her household over her own comfort. She does what each of us hopes to do. Provide an overall structure to daily tasks so that our families do not just survive but rather thrive.(p.82) How many of us do not want our families and our home life to thrive? I sure do! Mrs. Hahn provides a wealth of practical advice about managing the busy schedules of most families and doing so in a way that places the Lord first and ensures that the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of each family member are being met. All of these goals require the self-discipline, motivation and grace that living out the Heroic Minute bring.
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