The Proverbs Wife: Spends Wisely

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Blog Posts | 6 comments

See that man over there in the picture?  Poor guy.

At first, I accidentally typed, “Poor buy,” and then deleted it, but immediately thought it might be a more fitting description.  Actually, that picture depicts both what I meant to type and the type-o.   Poor guy.  Poor buy.  (Smile.)

That picture, though, does not accurately represent the spending habits of the wise wife in Proverbs 31.  I say that just by the look of exasperation and exhaustion on the poor man’s face.  (Sigh.  I have done that to my man.)

Did you see that word, “habits“?  It is a key description of the lifestyle of the frugal woman.  Her habit is to
be wise 
     in the  
              what,  
                        why,
and                                            way
                                                              she buys.

Let’s take a closer look at her financial stewardship.

The what:
  • Food:  She is like merchant ships;
          She brings her food from afar.  (verse 14)
  • Investing:  She considers a field and buys it;
          From her earnings she plants a vineyard. (verse 16)
                She senses that her gain is good;
          Her lamp does not go out at night.  (verse 18)
                She makes linen garments and sells them,
          And supplies belts to the tradesmen.  (verse 24)
  • Giving:   She extends her hand to the poor,
          And she stretches out her hands to the needy.  (verse 20)
  • Being resourceful:    She looks for wool and flax
          And works with her hands in delight.  (verse 13)
                She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
          And her hands grasp the spindle.  (verse 19)
                She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
          For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
                She makes coverings for herself;
          Her clothing is fine linen and purple.  (verses 21-22)
                She makes linen garments and sells them,
          And supplies belts to the tradesmen. (verse 24)
     
The why:

According to these verses and the context surrounding them, it is apparent to me that the reason she does these things is not because she wants to look good or brag.  She does these things as a way to manage her household, bless her family (servants, too) in taking care of their needs, and bless others outside her home.

The way:

What I see about her is that she goes about these tasks with thought, planning, resourcefulness, energy, confidence, and an attitude of helping.

She’s an amazing gal alright.  I don’t think she hates what she does.  She sees it as a calling from God.

I want to be more like her in how I approach ministering to my family and others by taking care of the house and them.  It’s a calling that I always wanted when I was a little girl and have been blessed to stick with all my adult life (except for a time of teaching home ec, making draperies, and then tutoring young ladies in how to sew for seven years).

After my last post which has been sitting on its own for three days of sobering truth about me, and after preparing today’s post for you regarding the Proverbs wife’s financial stewardship, I have felt very relieved to get it all out there in the open with you.

Rob and I are six weeks into our new budget plan and he has been kind to bless me with his compliments of how well I’m doing on this thing.  WalMart has become my new friend.  I haven’t bought the first article of clothing in six weeks.  That’s huge folks!  HUGE!  My spending on gas has decreased as I am trying to be more mindful of routes and wise gas usage.  I still enjoy outings for coffee or lunch with friends, but not nearly as often.  Barnes and Nobel misses me as does LifeWay, although I visited both this past week after evaluating a purchase a whole week before securing it.  That’s radical for me.

I have a treat for you today.  It’s a teaser video from Jen Hatmaker regarding a book she has written about a radical thing she and her family tried out.  The book will be released in January 2012.  Her story inspired me one afternoon when my sister, Louann, showed me this video.

Encouragement:
Try an experiment this week.  What is the area where you are convicted most about careless spending?  Make a conscientious decision to fast from it this week or maybe just for a day if that’s easier.

Opportunity for Response:
What is that area for you?  Please share.  Thanks!

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6 Comments

  1. Target! I will have to start tomorrow b/c I just got back from there this afternoon. Went for pullups and wipes and actually stuck to my list this time.

    Thanks for the words of wisdom Amy!

  2. Yea for sticking to your list. That is a challenge for me when I walk into Target. Thanks for leaving a comment!

  3. This is just what I needed! Thanks for the encouragement! Visiting from WLW.

  4. Christina,

    Glad you dropped in and found some encouragement!

  5. I really enjoyed reading this!! I love reading through Proverbs 31 to get insight on how I should be using my time and resources to better serve my husband and ultimately God.

  6. Heather,
    We are in process for sure. I am so thankful we have the sure Word to guide us day in and day out. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Blessings.

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