Monday, July 20, 2015

Marriage Monday: Model P31: Making Fine Linen and Selling It

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.  {The need for this has never been greater!}

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 maketh fine linen and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchants. 
~ Proverbs 31:24

It's easy to go from amazed and inspired to overwhelmed as we consider all the Excellent Wife was able to accomplish!  Let me remind you that this passage gives us a panaromic view of her life.  This is not a picture of just one day in the life of the P31! 

Life is full of seasons, and when she had many little ones clinging to her "skirts" she was probably not selling linen garments to the merchants!  

As the virtuous woman developed skills in meeting the needs of her family, her excellent workmanship probably drew the attention of the merchants in her community. Eventually, she had a profitable home business.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.  ~Ecclesiastes 9:10

What stands out to me the most about the virtuous woman is how she was always productive, using her time wisely, meeting the needs of her family.  Then, as circumstances allowed, she extended her influence out into her community through her acts of charity and her business endeavors, all the while continuing to be a help meet to her husband and bringing him honor.

For many years, I could barely keep my head above water, with giving birth to a new baby approximately every other year and homeschooling my large family, while trying to keep on top of the never-ending cooking, cleaning and laundry!!  While those years were rewarding, they were also exhausting and all-consuming!  I could never have kept up with a blog or a home business during those years!  

However, I now find myself in a different season of life, with new challenges and new opportunities. Only half of my ten children currently live at home full time.   My "baby" is nearly 11 and my homeschool will only consist of two students this year! I'm enjoying the new opportunities that this season of life affords, such as blogging, selling Lilla Rose hair jewelry, and helping moms reclaim their energy, health and zest for life by sharing the amazing Plexus products.  

If you are still in the days of sleepless nights, changing diapers, planning your days around nap times, and teaching the ABC's and 123's, don't wish those days away!  They evaporate all too quickly!  Embrace the season of life you are in!!  Your time will come soon enough when you can take some of the skills and character that you are developing and turn them into a profitable home business.

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:2

I know many women who have been able to take what they learned in the trenches and turn it into resources or ministries that bless other moms and bring in some extra income for their own families. I'm thinking of some amazing moms who've created excellent home schooling and parenting materials, such as Donna Reish over at Character Ink, Kathie Morrissey at the Character Corner, or Kim Brenneman and her book Large Family Logistics, just to name a few.  What skills are you developing that you can use as a basis for a business/ministry to other moms??

Especially for Single P31s:

I encourage every single young woman, who hopes to have a husband and children some day, to learn skills, cultivate talents and develop abilities that might turn into a profitable home business in the future. It is getting harder and harder for families to survive on one income, but children need their mommies at home just as much, if not more, as they always have!  If you can start a home business now, it would be much easier to keep it going later, when you are in the busy years of raising young children. 

At the very least, begin to develop habits of initiative, diligence, productivity, and wise time management!  These will serve you well in your future!

Project P31, Mission #13:

Time for a new assignment!  

Prayerfully consider if this is the right time for you to consider starting a cottage industry.  Maybe you are in the season of life where you can begin to ponder and brainstorm . . . but it may be awhile before you can realistically add a home business to your life. It doesn't hurt to start dreaming  . . . 

Maybe, you are a working mom who needs to find ways to squeeze a home business into your life so that you can fulfill your dreams of being home with your precious children!  (If that describes you, I've seen many women able to accomplish this feat in a relatively short amount of time with the amazing Plexus opportunity!)

And perhaps, you've reached the season of life where you feel ready to pursue to cottage industry, but you don't know where to start.  I encourage you to begin to realistically consider your talents, your abilities, your skills.  Think about how much time you have, when you want to work, what your'e good at, what needs you see around you, etc.  What skills did you learn as you raised your children?  Ask your husband what he thinks you're good at and if he has any ideas.

Your Turn to Share:

I hope you'll take time to complete your mission for this week and share your thoughts here!  If you've started a home business, I'd love to hear about it!  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 if you wish to share a private testimony or a guest post.

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