When you think of women in the Bible that were the epitome of a hard-working, God-fearing woman who comes to mind? For me, it is without a doubt the description of a Proverbs 31 woman. While it seems she was a miracle worker and maybe had more hours in our day than we do, there are many things we can learn from reading Proverbs 31. Below are five areas that all Christian entrepreneurs should incorporate into their business (and personal) lives.
1. She knows her worth
The Proverbs 31 woman is one that knows her worth, she relishes in how blessed she is with wisdom and faith and uses the God-given gifts to help lift up others.
- Proverbs 31: 10 – An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels
Do you know your worth? Do you always feel like you are enough or do you sometimes feel that you have a lot to prove? Do you suffer from imposter syndrome from time to time?
2. She is a provider
The Proverb 31 woman understood that while she was well taken care of by God and her husband, she could also provide for her family and do so exceedingly well. God gave women many gifts and we are to use them to lift others up including our family.
- Proverbs 31: 13-16 – She looks for wool and flax and works with her hands in delight. She is like merchant ships; she brings food from afar. She rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household and portions to her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings, she plants a vineyard
- Proverbs 31: 27 – She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness
Do you feel that there are places in the Bible that make it seem like women have no place providing or taking charge in entrepreneurship and business? How do these verses make you look at women and entrepreneurship differently?
3. She is strong
Without a doubt the Proverbs 31 woman was strong! We see that she wakes before the sun, feeds others, works, owns the land, and still finds time to feed and clothe others. She is a hard worker that understands that her strength is in her weakness as she leans on God to direct her.
- Proverbs 31: 17 – She girds herself with strength and makes her arms strong
- Proverbs 31: 25 – Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future
Can you imagine the Proverbs 31 prayer life? What do you think it’s like? What type of prayers do you think she prays? Write a short prayer in her tone of voice.
4. She helps others
The Proverbs 31 woman is a wise teacher who undoubtedly relies on the Holy Spirit to guide her in her day-to-day life. She finds time in her busy schedule to help the poor and through her actions and word show the world kindness
- Proverbs 31: 20 – She extends her hand to the poor, and she stretches out her hands to the needy
- Proverbs 31: 26 – She opens her mouth in wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue
How much do you rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you in business? What are some things you can do to help others more with your business?
5. She is faithful
The Proverbs 31 woman must have had some crazy faith! She acted so boldly and without doubt, she knew she was loved, cherished, admired, and blessed by God. She had no fear of the future even though she was most likely aware that trials come and go she still smiled and laughed. She lived with the fear of the Lord and it was written all over her actions!
- Proverbs 31: 21 – She is not afraid o the snow for her household for all her household are clothed with scarlet
- Proverbs 31:30 – Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised
Do your actions in your business show those of a faithful servant that has no fear of what the future may bring? If not, how can you be more like the Proverbs 31 woman in this aspect?
All verses are from the NASB 1995
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