"She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls." ~ Proverbs 31:15I love the actions in this verse. She gets up. She provides. This is not a woman who is lazy or haphazard about her work, but she takes her calling seriously.
When I meditated on this verse, the theme that jumped out at me was that she was a planner. She planned to get up early, these days we would set our alarm for this! She was not the last one up in her home scrambling to get something decent on the table or even allowing her family to fend for themselves while she slumbered peacefully. She was prepared.
She was able to provide food for her family and those under her care. This says to me that she planned ahead and had the food available. She knew what she would fix. In a day where there were not electric ovens or refrigerators, planning ahead would have been even more necessary than it is now. She was prepared.
I will tell you, I have had nagging thoughts since working on this project about what I feed my family for breakfast. Is it really the best choice to just set out a box of cereal and call that breakfast? I know my children love it - but it is the best choice I could be making? My heart tells me it isn't.
How do we plan ahead so that we can provide this kind of atmosphere for our families?
First, we must ask God for His help - we know He can enable us to do the things He desires of us. And, we know He desires this because He spoke it into His word.
We must plan to rise early. Different times will work for different households, but rising early is a mark of a virtuous woman. I want to be this kind of woman!
We must plan ahead for providing food for our families. Planning a menu, doing the shopping, preparing the food. All of these things require our time and attention.
Since this verse speaks of rising early, it makes me think especially of breakfast. We can set the table the night before, we can mix the muffin ingredients the night before and have everything ready to go into the oven when we rise. I love smelling yummy things from the kitchen early in the morning. It is such a cozy feeling.
Then, we can sit and enjoy this time with those gathered around our table. Reading His word and feasting on both His word and the food He has provided.
One thought about the servant girls! I know many of you may be saying, "I could do all that if I had servants!" My Mom has told me for years of a friend of ours relating servants of the Bible to our convenience servants of today. We have an oven, refrigerator, running water and electricity. A washer and dryer. We have lots of servants and I am happy to give them their portion of the work!
In this project, we will create a recipe book where we can collect old and new recipes to be shared with our families. May He be glorified in how we provide meals for our families!
small recipe book or photo album
scrapbook paper (one sheet)
double stick tape
cotton quilt batting
fabric for outside of book
ribbon for trim
one piece of thin cardboard to create the frame
small piece of fabric to cover frame
hot glue gun and glue sticks
printed copy of Proverbs 31:15
clear packaging tape
recipe cards or copies of provided cards
Select a small recipe book or photo album. I already had this recipe book and wanted to recover it.
Cut the scrapbook paper to fit inside of your book. Use double stick tape to hold in place.
Lay the quilt batting underneath your book. Trim batting to fit the size of your book.
Lay out desired fabric for the outside of your book. Make sure to lay fabric right side down! Cut your fabric 1 inch larger than the size of your book.
Fold edge in half and then fold over again to hide all unfinished edges. Run a bead of hot glue down the edge and glue in place. Do one edge of your book first, then the corners on that side. And, then repeat for the other side.
To finish the corners, fold point up to edge of book as shown above.
Next, fold remaining fabric up to meet book.
Now, pull the entire piece up and over the edge - hot glue in place. Before you finish the other side, you will want to make sure that your fabric is properly cared for in the middle near the binding. I'll show mine for an example.
Go ahead and fold fabric as if you were ready to glue it, and slide under binding in the middle if possible. If your book has a different kind of binding, you could cut a notch here and let it go around the binding.
Secure fabric under middle binding. Do this at the top and bottom edge.
Complete the other side by folding corners and gluing fabric in place.
Your book now looks like this from the front.
Fold a piece of ribbon so that the ends are hidden and glue onto either the front or back inside edge. Run ribbon around the outside, fold again and affix with glue on the other side.
Cut a frame out of thin cardboard that will fit onto your book. Make it a little shorter or narrower than your book so it will fit on after covered in fabric. Lay your fabric right side down and cut the frame shape into your fabric as well. Leave at least a 1/2 inch allowance all the way around.
Make a slit at the inside corners not all the way to the cardboard frame, but almost all the way. Repeat for all corners.
Fold long outside edges over and glue in place with hot glue.
Next fold the point of the corner in.
Fold edge up and glue in place. Repeat for all outside corners. Now, fold inside edges over and glue in place.
Print verse out on desired paper. Trim to desired size and "laminate" with clear packaging tape. Hot glue into place behind the frame.
Your frame is now ready to be glued onto the front of your book.
Hot glue frame onto front of book as desired. Just a few dots of glue should do the trick.
If desired, you can print off these recipe cards, hole punch and write your recipes on!
As always, I'd love to see your projects! Please let me know if you try this or have any suggestions about the instructions. Thanks!