Stoopid Astros. (grumble, grumble, curse word, grumble) Frickin' baseball. I hate how much I love this sport. Roy O pitched an amazing 8 innings last night, then Brad Lidge got himself on my hitlist. So not cool. (Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.)
Anyway, I have a thought for you all. Let's talk about aprons! I got one yesterday, and I just love it. It's purple, too. :) Do we realy have a need for aprons in the modern era we live in? We have all kinds of things now, like multiple sets of clothes, washing machines and dryers, laundry detergent that doesn't have to be made by hand from lye, and wonderful things to treat stains. Aprons were originally intended to keep you one weekday work dress looking decent in case someone came visiting. In the age of cell phones, email, and cheap long distance, people don't really visit anymore, and we don't really have to worry about keeping our only skirt clean, because we've got more than one. So I pose the question again: Do we really need aprons?
Yes!!! I don't know about your apron, but mine has magic powers. I talked to Candi last night, and so does hers. There is something very satisfying about tying those strings around your back and getting to work. I'll probably use my apron for everything except cooking, because I make such a mess in my kitchen that no apron could ever save me. But I find myself wanting to do more when I wear the apron, and sitting down or stopping less. (Read the newspaper in my apron? E gads!! Never!)
I struggle with being lazy. It's probably something that I will never 'fix,' but at least I know its there and can work actively to beat it. Proverbs 31 tells of the wife of noble character, also known as the virtuous wife. Her husband lacks nothing, she rises before the rest of her house, and she does not eat the bread of idleness. Every time I read this passage, I think 'uh oh.' Am I able to say that my hands are never idle? Am I able to say that my hands are only occasionally idle? Would John ever tell me 'Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all'?
In talking with the different women I admire and look up to, I am learning that no one, if they are truly honest, will ever tell you that they have it all together. Every woman has her strengths, and some days are definately better than others. We all have days that we're just 'on.' It's how you handle the off days, and how you face and deal with your weaknesses, that sets some peole apart from the rest.
I wake up every morning and say a prayer. I thank God that I woke up, and I thank Him for the day, and I ask Him to give me strength, grace, and wisdom. Strength to face whatever comes my way, grace that not too many things will come my way at once, and wisdom to know how to handle the things that are laid at my feet.
And patience, for not yelling at my television when my fav baseball team blows a game. :)