Saturday, June 16, 2007

"An Excellent Wife: What God's Word Says" Part III

continuing with verse 20.......

20) She extends her hand to the poor; Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

Modern: She cares for those who are in need, and does not ignore their needs. She is willing to help them with what she has.

21) She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet.

Modern: Her children are always bundled up for winter. She might have to wear an out-of-style coat so that her children can have new coats as they constantly out-grow their old ones.

How often I've seen children not properly dressed for the season, meanwhile their parents have coats on. (I do understand there are some children who hate coats, or insist on wearing shorts in winter, even in the snow!) I'll never forget seeing a child in a Wal-Mart in the middle of a Kentucky winter (below freezing) with only a dress too small on, not even shoes or socks on her dirty little feet. Meanwhile her parents were dressed in layers, and buying packs of cigarettes.

22) She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Modern: If she wants nice clothing she either makes them or buys them when they go on sale (now that's something I can do, the sale part anyways!) Here's a great example of a lady who should probably take some of us shopping with her great finds! See how she uses her talents to really get more bang for her buck!

23) Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

Modern: Her husband is respected by those in the community as they have never heard her say a harsh word against him. She also respects his position in the community and understands it's importance.

24) She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants.

Modern: She helps contribute to the income in some way. Often by sewing or making crafts and selling them.

Many wives contribute just by simply budgeting what she spends the household income on and by cutting costs as much as possible.


What are some ways you help cut costs in your home to help contribute to your family's income? We could all use the advice!


Anna S said...

Hi Melissa,

Thanks for visiting! I enjoyed this post as much as the previous ones. You asked what ways we can use to help cut costs in our home. As a single daughter who lives at home, I feel very motivated to show I am a needed and appreciated family member, not some kind of moocher (of course my family would never say I'm a moocher, but others can... well, you get the idea).

I plan all the grocery shopping, make shopping lists, look for sales, work on trying to keep things simple, make meals and baked goods from scratch; I also experiment with old-fashioned cleaning agents (vinegar and baking soda!!), sew for my family (I know only a few simple stitches, but enough to make towels for example), grow some of the herbs we use in the kitchen... the ways to help are endless! Not to mention that I do all the cleaning which my mother wouldn't be able to do on her own.

Melissa said...

Hi Anna,

Thanks for sharing about how a daughter can contribute. I live with my grandmother currently and it is nice to get some insight from someone kinda in my situation.

I was interested in what you said about using old-fashioned cleaning agents. Do you mind sharing some "recipes" for them sometime? I would love to maybe use them.

Oh, and cleaning is a huge help, I'm sure! Have you read the book, "Stepping Heavenward"? Katy learns that keeping the parlor clean helps glory her mother, it motivates her to do it!


Mrs. U said...

When you mentioned what you saw in Kentucky with verse 21, it made me so MAD!! Unfortunately, I have seen similar things. The parents have all the latest and greatest stuff and the children look so poor. So sad!!!

I'm afraid I'm not the best when it comes to helping cut costs. I have MUCH to learn in this area. One thing I do, though, is try to make as many things homemade as possible.

Good question! I can't wait to read what others answer!!

Mrs. U