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What’s With the Name?

This is my place to work through the dichotomy of being a prepared woman, but not a fearful woman. I’ll be providing links and thoughts on how the hopelessly modern family can take a stab at being ready when disaster strikes – whether it’s a week-long power outage or 6 months of food shortages!

As I grow older, I find more and more richness and depth in the definition of a godly woman in Proverbs 31. I used to look at it as mainly a spiritual guideline, but recently I’ve come to believe that it is also a very practical, literal guide! As I struggle to find the best way between being prepared and still trusting our Provider, I found two verses in this passage that spoke into my heart:

When it snows, she has no fear for her household,  for all of them are clothed in scarlet. (Proverbs 31:21)

The woman after her Abba’s heart is not fearful – she has worked hard to make sure her family has warm, safe clothing for the storms that life may bring. She can trust in Him, and part of that trust is a rational duty and desire to prepare. I want my family to be clothed in scarlet!

Now bear with me, this one spoke to me in a more convoluted way.

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

This woman described is wise enough to make her own investments in her family’s future. She is knowledgeable and sees the value in planning ahead. She knows what will bring about a good return. It’s easy to dismiss this as a spiritual metaphor, however, I think it is also a concrete praise – she’s good with her money and wisely invests in opportunities to keep her family well supplied!

I’ll be talking more about the other ways in which a Proverbs woman is both literally and spiritually prepared for whatever life may bring!

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