Proverbs 31 Woman — Part 9

She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.

(Proverbs 31:18)

LORD Jesus, we praise You for giving us a family. Forgive us whenever we take that for granted. Help us, O God we pray, when we have to go through lean times. Give us wisdom to find suitable resources and ways to improve our skills. Most of all, enable us to look to You for strength. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

The virtuous woman knows that the product of her work is good. That doesn’t make her proud, though; neither in a bad nor in a good way. Instead she is filled with thankfulness which keeps her going.

READ — Read the verse again:

She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.

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

How is her merchandise?

What does not go out by night?
(her) _____

The virtuous woman runs an industry out of her own home. This does not necessarily mean that she owns a business at home, but, first of all, that her home is her business. She knows her duty well. Out of the abundance of her merchandise, she is able to give to the poor and to sell some of her products. All of this takes time; sometimes she will find herself working until late at night.

APPLY — Think: How does this apply to you?

How do you feel thinking of your “merchandise” — products of your work — at the end of the day/week/month/year? What about rising early and/or staying up passed bedtime?

What are some of the products of your business at home? Is there a specific skill you are gifted with? Has God given you certain talents you could make use of — to provide for your family, to help the poor, to sell?

DO — Think: What products could come out of your own home?

Crafts like crochet, knitting, and sewing are great ways to provide for your own, to give away to the poor, and to sell. You could make some clothing and/or household articles like oven gloves, curtains, pillow cases and table runners.

Or how about starting a small garden? Plant some fruit and vegetables that you can harvest to bring to your own table, to share with others, or even to sell them at the local market.

What else can you think of? What could you create in the comfort of your own home? In which ways can you save money and therefore “add” value to the family’s budget?

Remember, it is God who gives the talents and He is the One who will give the increase. Praise Him today!

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