Proverbs 31 Woman WAS an Entrepreneur!




We, ladies, should all strive to be a wife of noble character.  The Proverbs 31 woman is our example.  I have read this chapter numerous times, learning something new with each read.  This chapter can be overwhelming and we can sometimes wonder how we could ever measure up, for she is amazing!  She did it all!  If you are struggling with this pressure, I encourage you to read my post,  When Simple is Too Much.

I'm going to share with you a different struggle of  my own concerning Proverbs 31.

Awhile ago, I use to think that I was not supposed to be a visionary, an entrepreneur, because that was for men only.  I felt unworthy because of this and that I was somehow out of the will of God.  My mind was always turning and coming up with some really neat ideas to bring in some income, but I wasn't sure if that was my place to do so.  I actually wished that I could free myself of all those ideas, and somehow switch my entrepreneurial mind with my husband, Mr. Steady!

One evening, at the dinner table, my husband was reading Proverbs 31 to us all.  "Well," I thought pridefully, "I've heard this one before!"  But, to my amazement, it finally dawned on me that she really was an entrepreneur!  Why had I not realized it before?

"She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night." (Prov. 31:18)

"She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes." (Prov.31:24)

 "She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard." (Prov. 31:16)

How freeing that was for me to hear my husband read those precious verses again!  I can get excited and have the freedom to ponder over a "new idea" with my husband.  He has been so supportive and never ridiculed me.  He is not a visionary man, he does not consider the possibilities this farm has very often, probably because I have talked to him about so many!  He looks at the end result and leaves all of the "how to get there" to me.  He is perfectly fine with listening to my ideas and praying about what is the right decision.  He just wants to be on his farm working and making a living while doing it!

It took me years to finally figure that out.  I would put pressure on my husband, because I knew that the corporate world was slowly draining him mentally and he was and is tired of everything it entails. But, in reality, what would happen if we were both entrepreneurial minded?  Our ideas would clash at times and it would probably be difficult to pinpoint what our next step would be.  We balance each other out, and I am thankful that God made us the way we are.

So, I hope and pray for you, visionary ladies, that you do not feel like I did.  No, I am not promoting a career-minded woman!  But, a keeper at home, who, with her husband's blessing, can make a difference in their financial situation!

Look for future posts on the many ideas I have for potential farm income.  Also, check out my
Farm Income Resources page.  I have many books of which I recommend if you are interested!

Feel free to leave a comment if you'd like.  I would love to hear from you!

6 comments:

  1. Dear Susie,You are blessing the socks right off me :) I have also felt that way to some degree, but I am not really a business person. It is funny knowing you and Tony and your personalities!! God has balanced you SO well!! I must thank you for adding your wonderful take on entrepreneurialism for the keeper-at-home. This is the kind of post I had in mind for 'EOA' Wednesday! There are a lot of women who really need this sort of urging forward, and yet it is right to add that they need their husbands support; I hope you will contribute more in the weeks ahead! Great post!
    Jacqueline @ DeepRootsAtHome.com

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  2. Thanks, Jackie! I love your blog and grabbed your button in a heartbeat!!!!! I appreciate your comment!

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  3. Such a great post! Thank you for sharing and for linking up with us. :)

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  4. Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I am new to the blogging world, so your comments are appreciated!

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  5. Hi Susie, you gave me one of those 'ahaaaaa' moments about the entrepreneurship of the Proverbs 31 woman, and I'm the kid of a Baptist preacher- but I am new to the homesteading mindset. I had been thinking little on the future of sales, other than using paintings as income for animal supplies,etc.
    I got a huge kick out of your little video on making goatsmilk soap (the trailer for the video) where you say "Lets do this!" is just too cute! A business-get-down-to-it mindset is absolutely relevant to the handmade/homemade/homegrown lifestyle. (I can't wait to see you add "How to process your chickens"! LOL)
    Whatever you do, I'd love to come along to see. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Welcome, Illoura! I hope you are encouraged here and learn new things! Thank you so much for your comments!

      BTW, we are going to have a chicken butchering video that will be out later in the summer when it's butchering time! It won't be for the faint-at-heart;)

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