Encouragement for Ladies by Vicki Dowell

"and a prudent wife is from the LORD" Prov. 19:14b

As I was contemplating this article, I wondered where I'd find the time to write it. (I finally did when everyone was sound asleep .... at 1: 00 am.) Remembering parts of a song from several years back (before I quit listening to secular music), I found myself humming the tune about "putting TIME in a bottle." Then when a monthly health newsletter arrived with the lead story about "Time Stress," I decided that should surely be my subject.

At times I feel like I must be the busiest woman in the world. It seems like the very rare leisure time I experience is an occasional trip out-of-town where I don't have a stove, washing machine, or computer; but that always creates "catch up" when we return home. Life is so "daily" preparing nutrious meals, ironing, typesetting, and so many other responsibilities when multiplied by eight people in our family.

But lest I sound like I'm complaining, I want you to know that I'm thankful for the ability to perform the endless tasks I have before me and for the opportunity to spread the message of God's wonderful grace, first to my immediate family and then along to others. It is truly the joy of my heart to be a servant to everyone I possibly can. So, if I can help you, please don't let "my time" (or lack of it) get in the way of asking. I'll be glad to plug your need into the line.

As I continually review my priorities, scripture reminds me "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom " (Psalm 90:12) so I must se things in proper order. That means some things (even though I desire to accomplish them) get bumped to the bottom of the list. But rather than become frustrated, I can find com- fort in God's Word in James 4:14b-15 "For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. " I must constantly put thing s into perspective with eternity. What will it matter then if I don't achieve my own expectations? Again, Psalm 103:15-16 tells me, "As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more."

While I analyze my undertakings, I will remember my resolve to order them by necessity and importance so I may serve others along my way. In God's wisdom, He didn't make me with as many arms as an octopus or as many legs as a caterpillar, so "just as I am," I will "walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days, are evil" (Eph, 5:15-16).