We’ve discussed in a previous study of the Proverbs 31 woman the industriousness of this lady, so I shan’t go over that again. What I would like for us to ponder with verse 24 is the variety of ways she manages the family income, from two sources – her husband’s (which I assume was the main income) and her own.
Over the many decades of my homemaking life there have been long seasons when I needed to supplement the family income whilst still being home to care for the children, teach them (we homeschooled) and tend to our household. Some of the ways I did this was through caring for small children in our home through Family Day Care, buying and selling vintage books I found by scouring op-shops and garage sales, and eventually at the age of fifty becoming an embroidery designer – something I am still doing today.
Managing the family budget wisely for us didn’t always mean earning more income. Most of the time it meant doing without, shopping for clothes at op-shops (charity stores), planning a very strict grocery budget and menu plan – then sticking to it. It meant choosing fun activities that were free - botanical garden picnics, swimming at the beach, hiking in the rainforest or the mountains, meeting up with other homeschool families for a BBQ, playing plenty of board games with the kids each evening, having the whole family sit around the table to do a large jigsaw we’d bought at the op-shop for a dollar, growing a garden out the back, recycled craft afternoons...so many things.
Industriousness within the home is so very important, and personally, I see it as a great privilege and blessing that I have a home to care for when many in the world do not.
I shall ponder this month just how I can improve my skills as a diligent and wise homemaker…will you?
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