Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Not Hasty

I used to be very hasty with decision making. I didn't like the fact that a decision needed to be made and so often made it quickly to have it done with, but unfortunately it wasn't always the right decision.
I've become much more considered now, and also wait, if the decision permits until all options have been considered fully and given in prayer.
I like today's verse for the example our Truly Good Woman gives with this also. 

She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.Proverbs 31:16

She is patient, considerate of the outcomes and looks to maximise the benefits. And not forgetting, that she casts her burdens in prayer and faith.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

The appeal of the Exotic

Today's focus for Proverbs 31 is verse 14:
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. 
So here is a woman who, with the available finance and time, will go out of her way to buy appealing quality food stuffs. I think I'm right in saying that, in the Hebrew, 'from afar' is in reference to from another country. For these good foods from afar, she would have travelled to a reputed market stocked by the well-travelled merchant ships. 
Now, I don't know about where you live, according to my blog stats you're pretty well spread out across the globe, but, here in the UK exotic food stuffs are easily accessible in most supermarkets. Also, where I live in South East London, many grocers sell the most amazing fruit and vegetables from all over the world.
To be honest, it doesn't take even too much imagination, time or money to rock on up to Sainsbury's. Instead, we seem to be living out a bizarre world where it takes more effort to buy something that is produced and sold locally.
So to spin this on its head I'm going to celebrate the woman who likes to go out of her way to buy appealing foods which end up taking her more time travelling to buy, but don't fly from across the globe with a carbon foot print to boot.
Presently, for me this could mean a short train ride to the lovely Borough market with a short and sweet visit to the Cinnamon Tree Bakery. With handmade biscuits baked in Camberwell, it's pretty local. 

Where would it be for you? 

Liz xxx