"the ways of her household"
I love making chicken stock from scratch. Every time I prepare a chicken, I put the bones in the freezer until I have enough to make a stock pot full of stock ~ hey! I just got why it's called a "stock" pot!
Genius, aren't I? Remind me someday to tell you what I know about the Nabisco Company...
Anyhow, for several hours I had the would-be stock simmering on the stove, as I puttered around my home, queen of all that surrounds me. While some of the time dishes and laundry just seem like chores, there are times when the things I do around my home feel ~ rightly so ~ like a celebration of all that God has given me.
Making stock is one of those times. It's so rewarding. Stock is so useful in cooking, and I use a lot of it, so by making my own, I'm saving some money.
Plus, I love the knowledge that I'm making full use of what God gave me ~ namely, those chickens. A lot of TV chefs these days talk about "honoring the animal" or "honoring the protein". And that's admirable. Some of my Christian friends would call it "being a good steward". It's part of my role as wife and mother to take what God has provided, and get every blessing I can out of it for my family.
And then every time I look in my freezer and see all that He has provided, it gives me a feeling of peace. I may not know what the future holds, but I can see all that He has done for me, and I can trust Him for the future.
Yup. I got all that out of chicken stock. Just another case of me getting everything I can out of something! :)
~ "She watches over the ways of her household,
and does not eat the bread of idleness...
a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised" ~