Shopping and Productive
Virtuous Woman 1×04
Proverbs 31:13- She looks for wool and linen, and works with her hands in delight.
A “domestic engineer” carefully selects and provides for their family. These days we don’t buy wool and flax, but often times women do the majority of the shopping for their families. It is important to be wise and knowledgeable as a shopper and it can take some skill to do it well.
During this COVID pandemic toilet paper was a hot commodity and it was important to not panic buy, but also be able to provide for your family and those in need.
God wants us to well informed and prepared. In Amos 3:7 it says, “Certainly the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret plan to His servants the prophets.”
In John 10:4 it says, “When he puts all his own sheep outside, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.” Jesus is the good shepherd. We need to know his voice and how he speaks to us through His word.
We need to be selective in who we listen to and be able to discern if it of good or evil.
Philippians 4:8- Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
We MUST dwell on what is good. Police your thoughts because negativity can be poison. We aren’t supposed to stick our heads in the sand and ignore reality in this broken world, but we can’t let it affect us.
Jill shares her experience in budgeting her family of four on a limited budget. The Tightwad Gazette was life saver from saving on small things like toothpaste to clothing. To this day she never uses a clothes dryer and only shops by unit price when getting groceries. As women we have the opportunity to financially save for our family, serve, and sacrifice our time.
The pandemic has made everyone reassess their life and circumstances. It’s time to start considering the cost. Luke 14:28-32- For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who are watching it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This person began to build, and was not able to finish!’ Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to face the one coming against him with twenty thousand? Otherwise, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and requests terms of peace.
Angel urges us to keep God at the forefront of our lives and be eager to work for him because he will always take care of us. Psalm 23 tells us that we shall not want. God is enough for us. We need to listen to Him and what He wants for us because He knows what is best for us. We need to eagerly live to glorify Him in all we do.