Sunday, June 16, 2013

What does "prudent" mean, anyway?

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I got to thinking that my blog title probably doesn't aid my presence in the online world. Who wants to be known as prudent? Isn't the term "prude" just a shortened term of this word, anyway?

I even contemplated changing the name of my blog. But then I remembered something. Prudent is the perfect word for how we are to live as wives and moms.

Here is what says--


wise or judicious in practical affairs; sagacious; discreet or circumspect; 
careful in providing for the future; provident: a prudent decision.

1. sensible. 2. economical, thrifty, frugal.

As wives and moms, isn't this exactly what we are supposed to be?  I think of the Proverbs 31 woman and how industrious and incredibly practical she was (take a moment to read it, if you don't remember).

Being a godly, prudent wife and mother isn't all that glamorous, but it is what we are called to be. And the rewards are tremendous. I keep having to remind myself of that, when I am in the trenches of it. Sometimes it is just downright hard.

Just for fun, I searched for the word "prudent" in God's Word. Here are some very helpful verses from Proverbs that use this word--

Proverbs 10:5
He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.

Proverbs 12:16
The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.

Proverbs 13:16
In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.

Proverbs 14:15
The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

Proverbs 15:5
A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

Judging by these verses, prudent is exactly what we should want to be.

And so...after giving it some thought, I am going to keep my blog title. God calls us to live wisely and carefully, never leaving down our guards or giving up. We are called to live a Prudent Life. 

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