“An Uncommon Woman in Uncommon Times” – The Proverbs 31 Woman – Ladies Bible Study Day 10
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19. In her hand she holds the distaff and
grasps the spindle with her fingers,
A distaff is a tool used in spinning. It is designed to hold unspun fibers, keeping them untangled and thus easing the spinning process. It is most commonly used to hold flax, and sometimes wool, but can be used for any type of fiber. Fiber is wrapped around the distaff, and tied in place with a piece of ribbon or string.
It seems to me that this woman is so very organized! She has it all in hand as evidenced throughout this study. It also seems to me that as she sits using her distaff to keep her wool and flax from being tangled, it works into a great analogy of how she calmly keeps her life untangled.
Do you sometimes feel like your life is a jumbled, overwhelming wad of fiber? I know I do. That’s when it’s time to step back, take a deep breath and contemplate the God of our lives. Take quiet time, consider, and pray.
I know that as we read through the gospels, we find that our Lord Jesus took much time to pray, taking rest while He communed with His Father.
He also did this with His disciples. Knowing that they were becoming overwhelmed by everything that was going on around them after returning from being sent out into Judea to teach and heal. So many people were coming and going, they didn’t have a chance to eat and more than likely were tired. In Mark 6:30 Jesus said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Isn’t that what the Lord wants from us? To spend time with Him separated out from our busy days? To rest in Him? To fall back and regroup? Even if it’s just for half an hour, this can be so refreshing, restoring us to our rightful selves. This helps us keep our priorities straight, untangled on the distaff of life, neatly spinning our daily activities onto a spindle.
Read Matthew 11:28-30 and fill in the blanks: “Come to me, all you who are __________ and _____________, and I will give you _________. Take My _________ upon you and __________ from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find _________ for your souls. For My _________ is easy and My ____________ is light.”
Personal Question: How do I take the quiet time needed with the Lord each day to keep serenity in my heart, refreshing my soul and strength? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________