She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

Proverbs 31: 12 – 13


Dear Lord,
Help me to become more selective! I want to be more selective about the music I listen to, the movies and television programs I watch, and the people I allow to influence my life.  Holy Spirit, empower me to be more selective about where I invest my time,money, energy, and other resources.  I want to work with eager hands – to be diligent and not self-indulgent. I want to work with eager hands – to be diligent and not self-indulgent. I recognize the need to be less self-indulgent about my taste buds and far more selective about the foodI put in my mouth and on my table.  Everything matters to you, and I want to please you in all things. Amen.

The Proverbs 31 woman was selective – she selected the wool and flax that was good enough for her to invest her time working with.  To be selective means to be discriminating, discerning and choosy – to be careful about the choices you make.  It’s the opposite of the mindless living that characterizes so many of us today.

If we’re going to become the woman God wants us to be, we’re going to have to begin being consciously selective, which means we ask ourselves questions like:  Is this the best use of my time, money, energy, and resources?  Is this God’s highest and best for me?  Is it the healthiest thing for my spirit, soul, and body? Is this outfit glorifying God?  Is it modest, or does it draw attention to my physical attributes?  Do my daily choices reflect my true values or am I taking the path of least resistance simply to avoid the hard work of making conscious selections?

Being selective also applies to this 21-Day Jumpstart.  No woman can be able to fully complete every project idea that is introduced here.  Carefully consider which areas will be most beneficial to you and your family and focus your attention there.

Begin today to practice being consciously selective.

Affirmation: I am consciously selective about how I invest my time, money, and other resources.

Analyze each of the following areas, rating yourself on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 meaning you take the path of least resistance (conforming to the world) and 10 meaning you are consciously selective in that area.

Reading material                                Family time

Media exposure                                 Home life

Fashion sense                                     Diet/food selection

Financial priorities                             Personal appearance

Time usage

What changes do you need to make?

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