This is not the blog I had planned on starting my series on the Proverbs 31 Woman with. However, God chose this time to teach me a valuable lesson, and this lesson goes perfectly with my desire to be a Proverbs 31 Woman. Therefore, here is my blog about a lesson learned...
As a child, I did not take care of my teeth. I didn't like brushing them, and honestly didn't know why I would need to. (I know GROSS!!!) It wasn't until I was in 7th grade, when a boy (not a particularly clean boy) told me that I had butter teeth, that I started brushing daily. As you can imagine, with that many years of neglect, I have had a lot of trouble with my teeth. I have joked about being able to set off a metal detector because of all the caps and fillings. God has blessed me that my front teeth are pretty good, therefore I can hide what happens in the back.
Why would I hide it? There are a couple of reasons. First it is embarrassing to admit that you have bad teeth because you didn't take care of them. Yes, I realize I have just confessed that over the internet. Second, and probably most prevalent, is that as a Mom, I can always think of other things for my family to spend money on. I often put taking care of myself on the back burner.
This weekend, God showed me how important it is to take care of myself. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a problem with one of my teeth. I ignored it. If it bothered me, I just chewed on the other side. Problem solved! Well, maybe not... On Saturday, I was in pain, a lot of pain! By Sunday, I couldn't even get out of bed. I have an abscessed tooth. While laying down, listening to my husband take care of the family, I realized something very important... I cannot take care of my family, if I don't first take care of myself.
Now be real careful here. Some wives/moms put themselves and their pleasures above the needs of their family. That is not what I am saying. The Proverbs 31 Woman serves her family. "She watches over the ways of her household." What I am saying, is that if we neglect our own health, we will not be able to serve our families as God intends.
One final note, thanks to gargling with first peroxide, and then warm salt water, and taking Motrin, I am back to a functioning state. I am also going to the dentist tomorrow, and I will get this problem taken care of. In the future, if I notice a problem with my health, I will not just ignore it. This is one lesson I hope not to repeat.