I love old pictures of 50's housewives. The pictures show happy families with simple homes, children playing happily together, the husband looking pleased as punch with his surroundings, and the wife looking lovely in an apron. Oh I know they are just pictures, but I do believe times were simpler back then, and there was a peace and joy that quite a lot of families are missing these days. I don't think joyful looking women donning lovely aprons should be a thing of the past either.
I was given my first pretty apron for Christmas about 4 years ago by my husband. I had mentioned to him that I loved the aprons that were in our church kitchen, made by a lady at our church. They were pretty and old-fashioned looking, and I adored them. Well, my husband remembered that I had mentioned them and he had the lady at church make me one for Christmas. I would wear my apron quite often, putting it on in the morning and usually keeping it on most of the day. A funny thing happened when I would wear my pretty apron- I wasn't lazy! Wearing an apron changed something in me, I wasn't happy to just sit around the house, I wanted to get up and do something, and I wouldn't do it grumpily- I would work happily. That pretty apron made me into a hard-working housewife, I wasn't satisfied being idle.
Proverbs 31:27 say, "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness."
This verse is such a great reminder for us, isn't it? God is the one who made the change in me, not the apron. But the apron sure helped me remember that I could be a happy housewife, serving my family with joy, all the while wearing a lovely apron. Since then I have begun a collection of vintage aprons, a few I've found myself on ebay, and the rest my mom has bought for me at an antique store. They're all different and unique- different colors and different styles, and I love each one of them!
I've begun an apron experiment, to wear an apron each day for a month. For awhile I had stopped wearing them, I had put them all away in a drawer instead of hanging on a hook where I used to have them, and without seeing them hanging there I would easily forget about wearing one. Just this last week I pulled out my aprons and began wearing them again, and again I noticed a change in how I worked around the house.
I've decided to do an apron experiment, to wear an apron for the next 30 days, would you like to join me? It doesn't even have to be a pretty apron, any apron will do, so what do you say? Let's put Proverbs 31:27 into action!
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