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I asked if she were willing to choose a verse in Proverbs 31 to expound in a modern way, and she graciously consented to write about verse 16. Jill is a sweet Christian lady who writes…
Proverbs 31:16 says She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
The Proverbs 31 woman is someone that most of us strive to be. If you, like me, feel you fall short in some area of this chapter (or even several ways), don’t give up! There is always hope ~ thankfully, God’s mercies are new every morning.
This particular verse, 16, reminds me of a business woman; she was a homemaker and made her home and family her priority, and yet she made business decisions.
The verse above says she “considereth”, which means she really thought this important decision through; she was not hasty in her actions. This decision was also made with her family’s best interests in mind.
This vineyard was used to help feed and take care of her family – it was not a selfish business decision. Her husband obviously entrusted her with this decision as verse 11 of the same chapter speaks of – this was the area of house management that she was in charge of, and she used wisdom.
Her husband knew that she would not waste money but would spend it wisely in a way as to benefit their family. She didn’t make this decision against her husband’s wishes – she had his approval and trust to make a financial business decision. How easy is it today to use our husband’s hard-earned money or credit cards to make selfish purchases for name-brand items that cost more than they are worth and have no benefit to the family?
I want to be wise with the money my husband works hard for, and though I don’t frequent the mall and make outlandish purchases, the “good deals” online or at the consignment shops can sure add up too! :O
We find this virtuous woman buying this field on her own and planting this vineyard. Some women make the mistake of thinking they don’t really need to apply themselves at school because, after all, they just want to marry and have children. Many things learned at school are used all the time as a homemaker, wife, and mother.
It’s a wise girl that applies herself the best she can at school to prepare for her future, whatever her future may be – it also builds and proves good character to do our very best in everything. And it is wise parents that ensure that their daughters get the best education possible.
Perhaps you won’t ever have the need or opportunity to buy a piece of property on your own and plant a vineyard, so in what ways can this apply to us today? What “business” decisions may you have to make?
*We can use wisdom and carefully plan how we spend money for the things our family needs.
*We can find ways to help our family financially if that is needed.
Some ideas are~
*Planting a garden and selling extra produce at a place like a farmer’s market.
*Planting an herb garden and selling extra. You can dry the herbs, make crafts with them, make tinctures, or sell them in a pot or small cup for someone else that may want to plant them.
*You could invest in chickens or cows and sell milk or eggs.
*There are many women that make clothes to sell or do alterations for people.
*You can make soap or other handmade products
Well, I’m sure you get the picture! 😉
There are many ways and opportunities that we can be a wise and prudent wife in making financial decisions to benefit our family. Think of things that you enjoy and how you could bring in some extra income from home or use it to meet your family’s needs.
And hey, if your husband would like you to buy a field and plant a vineyard ~ go for it! 😉
THANK you, Jill. It takes much Godly wisdom to use money well! May we remember to ask God for His wisdom even before planning our grocery shopping! Please visit Jill’s blog to learn more about her and her quest in learning about remedies God has given us in nature!
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