It is in stumbling on our walk that we grow the most, I've heard, and I hope that's true, because I feel like, this past week, I tripped over a few little rocks (being sick, getting behind a day at work, and getting behind schedule on household duties), fell and promptly started to roll down the hill of life. The force was strong with Satan this week, let me tell you. We missed morning devotions all week, and boy, how that sets the wrong tenor for the rest of the day. I was grumpy, unmotivated, and a sluggard. James and I shared more sharp words over the course of this week than we had over the course of the last handful of months. I gave sin an inch, and it took a mile, as always. Here is my pledge for this week, and I'm putting it out there so that you all hold me accountable - there will be no missed Bible devotions this week. No excuses, no bellyaching about how tired I am or how sick the kids may be. May God renew my spirit and restore me to the path of the Proverbs 31 woman. This week my focus will be on verse 27: "She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness". Carbs and laziness - my twin demons, to be sure! But in all seriousness, I will give a daily account of how I've grown in this facet of my personal self and womanly duties this week, so that I may claim the closing portion of the chapter: "Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate".