Part 5 of the Strength and Dignity series looks at verse 14. This verse says: she is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. If you apply this verse into today’s terms, it would most likely mean grocery shopping and preparing meals. Both of these tasks can be pretty daunting, especially when you have little ones to wrangle at the same time. This is where planning and organization go a long way. It is best to plan your trips to the grocery store around nap times and feedings. Taking a tired and/or hungry child into the grocery store is just asking for chaos. Also, go ahead and plan your meals out for the week and write a grocery list accordingly. It will make the trip go quicker, and you can avoid any last minute trips to the store for one item.
A few things to think about as we strive to be better in this area: Have you created a weekly grocery budget or are you overspending on food? Are you preparing nutritious meals for your family or are you getting take-out too often? Do you get stressed out having to scramble around to make dinner at the end of the day or is everything already planned out? Do you have family meals around the table?
Feeding our families is a necessity. It is a basic need that we all have. If we are slacking at our job of preparing meals for our family, then our priorities might be out of whack. I know grocery shopping and meal planning is an area I have struggled with. In the last few months I have made it more of a priority, and it has become easier. And let me tell you, your slow cooker (or instant pot) can be your best friend.
Strength & Dignity Part 5 action item:
Plan all of your meals for the next week. Take into account the weekly specials for your grocery store and what you already have in your pantry. Then write out your grocery list. Here is a printable I created to help you: Free Meal Planning Printable
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