Monday, April 13, 2015

Marriage Monday: Pursuing the Field of your Dreams {Link up}




Welcome back to Marriage Monday!  I'm so glad you've joined me as we focus on strengthening and promoting godly marriages, both in our nation and in our own backyards. 

I'm sorry for being Missing in Action here the last couple weeks!  We traveled out of town two weeks ago and then had company for Easter weekend, followed by Spring Break week, and I just never found time or quiet enough to gather my thoughts into a blog post!  :)

Today I am continuing my series for wives (and future wives) based on the ideal wife of Proverbs 31. It is both fun and challenging to look at this passage verse by verse and then examine our own lives and look for practical ways to apply these timeless principles. Please join me each Monday as we continue to examine the character and wisdom of this noble woman and learn how we can each become a Model P31! 


She considereth a field, and buyeth it: With the fruit of her hands she planteth
a vineyard.  
~ Proverbs 31:16

You know how I love the Amplifed version of the Bible, for giving me insight into various passages. Let's take a look at this passage in the Amplifed version:

She considers a new field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]: with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard. ~ Proverbs 31:16 (Amp)

I love how the excellent wife prayerfully considers expanding to a new field before she does so. One common pitfall for modern women is taking on more and more activities and responsibilities, until we are totally in over our heads! I love the reminder to not take on so many new commitments that we neglect our present responsibilities and priorities!  

The virtuous woman is a wise steward of her time and resources, always seeking to invest both profitably. She is prudent in her decision making, resourceful and entrepreneurial.

She rises early to care for her family and get her servants working productively, as we saw last week.  Her wise management of her home enables her to have the time and energy to invest in other "fields of opportunity" that will enable her to increase her family's well being.  Yet, she doesn't neglect her home and family in the process.  She expands prudently.  

The secret to her success?  She knows that her first priority (after the Lord) is her husband and family! 

A P31 remembers her priorities!!  She focuses on building her own house (Proverbs 14:1), building an honorable name for her family (Proverbs 22:1), and building up the next generation (Proverbs 31:28), before building a business!  Also, she's not focused on "building a name for herself" but on building up her husband and her family!

I love what Elizabeth George says in Beautiful in God's Eyes:

God's beautiful woman's supervision of her home, her oversight of the budget, her labor for her family, her doing without, her thrift, her saying 'no,' and her time spent getting the best bargains -- all of these efforts pay off in money saved and lead to her dream becoming reality. Clearly, one of her financial goals is earning and saving money she could use not for herself, not for trifles, but for making her dreams for her family come true!  Because of her dreams, her family is served! They benefit.

I really love that!  There is nothing wrong with a woman having dreams and earning an income to bless her family. But something is wrong when she sacrifices her husband and children in the process!!  A wise woman {mother} will look for ways to earn an income from home, so she can be present with her children as much as possible!

Do you have a dream?  Elizabeth George, shares how dreams can become reality for the P31. She says, "Behind very success story is plain ol' hard work -- powered by love for family, a vision of their well-being, a dream about how to make that happen, and God's gracious blessing!"


Especially for Single P31s:

If you are single, you have the advantage of having more time and freedom to pursue your dreams and explore different opportunities. I encourage you to consider fields of study and career options which can be done part time or from home, so that you will have more family-friendly options available to you in the future. 

Also, while you are still young is the perfect time to begin the progression which leads to success.  The excellent wife of Proverbs 31 started with virtue and right priorities, and added a willing heart and an industrious spirit which enabled her to wisely invest her time and resources and led to her eventual success.


Project P31, Mission #6:

Your mission for this week is to look for ways to wisely save and invest your time, money, talents, and other resources.  First of all remember that a penny saved is more than a penny earned!  Secondly, if you need to add to your family's income, I encourage you to look for ways to make money from home.  

I've been blessed to discover two amazing businesses that are perfect for moms at home. I love that I can fit these opportunities into the nooks and crannies of my days!  First of all, Lilla Rose, is a fun business for women and their daughters who love pretty, functional hair accessories! If selling unique hair jewelry online, through home parties, or at craft fairs appeals to you, you might be interested in learning more about being a Lilla Rose consultant.  If you are interested in health and wellness and love helping people feel better and lose weight, then you might be interested in learning more about the amazing opportunity available with Plexus Worldwide! I am so grateful to have discovered the Plexus products and business which are improving my family's health and wealth! (Message me if you'd like to know more about either of these opportunities for making an income from home!  I'd love to tell you more!) 


Your Turn to Share:

I hope you'll take time to complete your mission for this week and share your thoughts here!  Please leave a comment here on my blog or over on my Facebook page, so we might all be encouraged! You may also email me at elizabeth@yestheyareallours.com if you wish to share a private testimony or a guest post.



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Link up:

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5 comments:

Beth said...

I appreciate how you've emphasized that the Proverbs 31 woman is always thinking about how her work and earnings will benefit her family, Elizabeth. That's something that is hard to do, but so very honorable and right. Thanks for the linkup and I'm glad to see you back!

Brenley Davis said...

I love the way you take Proverbs 31 and make it down to Earth and relatable to today! This series has been so good for me to learn as a new wife!! :)

busymomof10 said...

Thank you Beth and Brenley for your encouraging words! :)

BeBetsy - Smashingly Good Living said...

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Sincerely,
Denise W. & Aubrie B.

nannette elkins said...

So glad to happen upon this post from Messy Marriage today! Blessings for the encouragement to be a better wife. ♥

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