Proverbs 31:24 says, “She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchants.”
This verse in Proverbs 31 depicts the enterprising nature of the virtuous woman. Not only does she buy a field and plant a vineyard (v. 16), she also perceives her merchandise is good (v. 18). She then lays her hand to the spindle and distaff (v. 19), and makes coverings of tapestry (v. 22). We find her seeking flax (v. 13) to eventually weave into sufficiently high quality fine linen, so that the local merchant desires to buy her linen garments. In modern day society it may be stated that this woman is “one busy lady.”
What can we glean from this example of the virtuous woman? Perhaps one of the main things we can apply here, is productivity. I think if we honestly analyze ourselves, we can say that the virtuous woman could run circles around the modern woman. What do we accomplish in a 24-hour period? Is our busyness something that produces results with lasting quality, or are we caught up in frivolous activities? I guarantee you the virtuous woman has no time for many of the activities that we find ourselves struggling to manage in our day-to-day schedules. She is not dropping off one child at soccer practice before racing her other two children to swim lessons three afternoons a week. Nor is she wondering how she will get her house clean in order to host the next home décor party while trying to attend two track meets and a T-ball game this week. She has no time for a scrapbooking get-away weekend in a neighboring state; never mind going for weekly scheduled manicures and facial treatments.
I am sure I have just stepped on many toes, and to say that I am totally against the activities listed in the previous paragraph is not quite the case. I think a couple activities for the children, especially during summer, is fine and beneficial in most cases. But are our lives and schedules consumed with such things? If we are not careful, we can get caught up in the current mentality that children need to exceed in sports and be involved in many of the activities that surround us in our communities. We also can find ourselves influenced by the secular philosophies out there that encourage women to treat themselves to the pampering “they so deserve.”
Often, women so desire to have their home look just like the ones they see on home improvement shows, that they risk putting their families into debt so they can have that look NOW. Going into debt for such things surely throws a monkey wrench into the goals of productivity! Instead of getting ahead financially, one is working fervently to make ends meet.
While many women are seeking opportunity to attain daily “me time,” the virtuous woman is looking for ways to stretch the family dollar while pursuing opportunities to earn some additional household income. She is wise to invest time into the training of her children to teach them how to work and earn money. Let me tell you that after raising four children who are now adults with households of their own, seeing them prosper and live without being slaves to lenders is far better and more rewarding than any temporary satisfaction from time spent at a local spa.
Are we striving to be like the virtuous woman in a society that is so caught up with fulfilling one’s selfish desires, or do we see the “big picture” and put our desires on hold for the good of our family? May we be diligent to examine ourselves to see if we are on track regarding our goal of being productive, and if we are positively passing on this goal to our children.
Recently, I visited a lemonade stand set up by the children of a friend from church. Her children were raising money to go to Bible Camp. These children made the goodies that were being sold, advertised for the stand, and actually worked the whole day. This friend could easily have paid for her children to go to camp, but she was teaching her children a valuable lesson in productivity.
1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
1 ½ cups Karo Syrup
1 ½ cups sugar
2/3 box of corn flakes, approximately 10 cups
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
Heat peanut butter, Karo syrup and sugar in a saucepan; stir until mixed, but do not bring to a boil. Add corn flakes until a sticky consistency is formed. (My friend admits she just eyeballs it 😊). Press into a 9×13 pan.
Melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips carefully. Spread on top of bars.
I bought one of these bars at the lemonade stand – Delicious!!!!