Feeding Your Family: The Motivation
One of the #1 questions I get from moms is about meal planning and organization. There is a lot of information out there on the subject, but we need to start with our hearts. Why does an Excellent Wife in Training need to meal plan? In Proverbs 31 we read several verses about our diligent hero in the area of food: “She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar. She rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household and portions to her maidens. ... She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. ... Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates” (Proverbs 31:14–15, 27, 31). In these verses we see:
• She plans and seeks out good food.
• She is diligent in preparing food.
• She seeks that her household is WELL provided for.
• She is not lazy.
• Her work is praiseworthy before God and man.
Feeding your family well is a way that you show love to them: Love serves. Love sacrifices. Love looks well to the needs of others. Food and clothing are basic needs for survival and thus it is the most basic area for us to master.
These truths do not mean that you need to be creating five-course menus for your family necessarily—unless that’s what ministers to them best. Your husband may be like mine: he is pleased with his favorite burrito as much as an hours-long barbecued steak. However, there is little excuse for a woman at home seeking the Lord, to abdicate her role as menu planner and preparer if her husband is busy outside the home. Also for those who work and cook there are simplified menus to be found as well. Planning techniques, organization, and scheduling cooking into your days is all a part of seeing to it that your home is well provided for.
There have been many times throughout my home-chef career when either I have bemoaned the monotony of my meals, or my family has. Most often this response was an evidence of a lack of planning. If I am to be glorifying God in all my ways then, like the Proverbs 31 example, I want to seek excellence in planning and preparing food for my family. A little planning, a bit of preparing, a heart to do it all for Him: these weekly goals get me far each time that I seek them!