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Honoring Our Servants

October 23, 2013

She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. Proverbs 31:15

Don’t you just love your servants?  Aren’t they so faithful and lovely to have in your home?  Oh, you don’t have servants, you say?  Well, me neither.

Then again….

I have a servant that kneads my bread.  And one that washes my clothes.  Still another quietly works through the night making broth.

My household appliances are my servants.  They make my life easier and free me up to spend more time with my children and husband, minister to others, show hospitality, write this blog, etc. We all use “servants” in our homes.  But perhaps you’ve just never thought of them that way.  When I flip on my crock pot, bread machine or washing machine, I often thank the Lord for their faithful service.

I have found that the key to having these servants be a blessing is to give them their assignments early in the morning or even at night, a la Proverbs 31 Woman.

This bit of forethought enables me to be working even when I’m sleeping or away from home.

~I often start my crock pot before bed with steel cut oats and fruit, so that our porridge is ready when we wake up in the morning.


~I set the coffee pot by the timer so that when I wake up, I can hit the ground running with my coffee in hand. Likewise other appliances that have embedded timers such as the bread machine and washing machine.

~If my lunch or dinner includes rice, I start the rice cooker in the morning, either on the delay setting or straight away and use the “keep warm” feature.

~Our bone broth perpetually simmers on the back of the counter, ready to be ladled up for soup, gravies, sauces, make rice or cook other grains.

~Although not an appliance, I feel that our ferments are also our servants.  They work away through day and night, increasing nutrition and providing food for the family.  We always have kombucha, kefir and some kind of fermented vegetable in the house.

I do this is quart jars.  You can use whatever size you have, but use glass, not plastic.

~In the morning I boil a kettle of water and fill a thermos (haluun sav, we say in Mongolian).  Throughout the day if I need hot water for a recipe or a cup of tea, it is ready to go.Haluun Sav

~Before I go to bed I put the diapers in the washer to soak.  In the morning I need only drain and wash.

Acknowledging the service these things provide our family and being grateful for them changes my entire perspective.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Proverbs 31:27

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 23, 2013 4:12 pm

    I remember Laine from our T2WJ mailing list, years & *years* ago (before her website entitled “Laine’s Letters”), writing an article about the “servants” of our household…. our appliances & such. How true that is. I’ve never forgotten what she said & I’m glad you brought the subject back up, Daja. How grateful we should be for those “servants”….. without them our job would be a lot harder.

    And I think there’s a definite difference between “gadgets” and “servants”. I’m not much for gadgets…. they just take up space, in my opinion. But the basic workhorses of the homestead… the “servants” you refer to here… are life-savers.

    Hope all is well with everyone.

    God bless you~ Andrea

    • October 24, 2013 4:29 pm

      Yes, I remember those great letters! Does Laine still write? I just tried to look up her website and in loaded in Chinese. Hmmmmm……..

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