“An Uncommon Woman in Uncommon Times” – The Proverbs 31 Woman – Ladies Bible Study Day 4
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13. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
Up until about 150 years ago or so, women collected wool and other warm natural fibers for the winter, flax and cottons for the summer. They wove the cloth needed to make all the items for their households.
With the coming of the industrial age came mechanical looms and sewing machines. Women were able to then buy their textile goods already made, however, many still had to make everything with needle and thread because sewing machines were too expensive for the average household to afford. Finally, the price of the machines did come down and women were able to produce the needed items in shorter amounts of time, allowing them to complete more household duties in a day, or a week or a month depending on the project.
Finally, various manufacturers sprang up producing clothing, towels, sheets, blankets, etc, and needlework of all kinds became a vanishing art. We can now go to the store and buy just about anything that we need.
However, all of this industriousness does not absolve us of our job of taking the time to select clothing for our families and comfort items for our homes that are within our means and not spend outside the family budget.
The woman of noble character does not have idle hands, but uses the talents that the Lord has given her to enrich her household. She doesn’t sit around all day watching TV and eating bon-bon’s, which is a terrible thing for our figures, but she looks to the ways of the Lord and what He would have her to do. Her children are well tended, which doesn’t mean spoiled, but loved.
Read Ephesians 6:7-8 and fill in the blanks: “Serve ____________________, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you _____________ that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever ___________ he does, whether he is slave or free.
Personal Question: How do I work and serve with eager hands? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________