Proverbs 31 Woman — Part 5

She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.

(Proverbs 31:14)

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are LORD over all and everything. Make us wise women who know how to budget well. Guide us in our handling of finances. Help us to see the things You want us to invest in — the materials we should buy, the seeds we should sow, the treasures we need to save up for. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

This verse is giving us a great deal of wisdom on how to handle our resources well. We might, at least when reading it for the first time, wave it aside disinterestedly, but let us dig deeper now.

READ — Read the verse again:

She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.

ENGAGE — Think: What does the verse say? (Copy/Paste)

What is the virtuous woman like?
_____ _____

Where does she bring her food from?

What do merchant ships do? They bring in or pickup goods. They exchange — give money to pay for the goods they pick up, get money for the goods they deliver, or trade in products for other items. Money and goods aren’t the only two things they are dealing with, though. They have to invest a lot of their time to travel to their next marketplace.

APPLY — Think: How does this apply for your own household?

Do you have a plan for how you can spend your finances and resources in the most efficient way? Where do you go to get the best food for the cheapest price for your family? Do you stretch what is coming in so that it will last just a little bit longer?

F.B. Meyer writes:

She is thrifty in administering his earnings. If he brings the money to her, she expends it economically for their common weal.

It’s not all about the income , though. There is a lot more to it than money and goods. Just like the merchant ships we often have to think “time” and “distance” too.

DO — Think: How can you make this happen?

Create a budget. Know what finances and resources are coming in and what will be spend each week/month/year. I will write more on budgeting in future posts. So please stay tuned.

Keep a household book. Make lists about prices in certain supermarket and online shops. Note time and travel money you will need to spend to shop there. Update your book on a regular basis and keep in it weekly and monthly shopping lists.

Think of ways of how you and your family could invest into materials and tools to make products for your own use. The more you are creating the more you will have. Perhaps you could grow this into a small family business some day?

Invest. Use your God-given talents. Pray for wisdom on how to use them today.

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