Frugality in light of Proverbs 31, this is not something we Christian woman do just because times are hard, but it is a way of life. We are frugal, not cheap. We economize with a heart motive to help our husbands and families, and extend our hands to the needy.
I realize that many of us have lived in the prosperity of America but with all the talk of economic woes I thought I might share with those looking for a bit of relief.
Growing up in a home with a mom and dad who lived through WWII we didn't have much trouble with learning how to live on little and then even less after dad died and this was in the early 1970's. How many of you remember hearing the following words?
- Waste not, want not.
- A penny saved is a penny earned.
- A starving child in Africa would love to eat those brussel sprouts.
And during these days of economic frailty it would be good to have one of these in the home.
God is not speaking of a princess here ladies, but a "virtous woman".... Actually a "force to be reckoned with", who is filled with strength of moral character. A woman such as this has been purchased by the blood of Jesus, and that makes her extermely expensive, far above the price of rubies. For such a woman as this will not be undermining her husbands character in her speech, or in her actions, and this is the sort of woman that a man can trust in. If you are not one yet, begin by reading your Bible and getting to know the Savior Jesus who loves you very much.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. Proverbs 31:11
Her husband will not have to go out and rob a bank to provide for an unfrugal wife for the fineries she demands. As we read Gods word it sheds light on behavior that does not please God.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:12
As wives we seek to do good and not evil to our husbands in all aspects of his life. He can trust that his wife keeps his thoughts in mind as she shops frugally, cares for the children and the household.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. Proverbs 31:13 She does not wait for the expensive gifts of clothing to be brought to her, she seeks out fabrics to willingly make them with her own hands. Just think of the frugality in this one. No shopping malls! No designer clothing. Just looking for wool to make into yarn to knit or crochet. Flax is a grain that was used to make linen. Our time would be spent collecting the materials to make designer clothing for the family. I'm sure she hunted for the best prices on these supplies as well. Today we have fabric stores, and with a bit of practice we can put our hands to work at making clothing for the entite family and more, and by watching the sale flyers we can even get the fabric at clearance prices.
She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. Proverbs 31:14
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. Proverbs 31:16
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. Proverbs 31:17
- Never pay retail.
- Make it if you can.
- Be content with such things as you have
- If you do need to buy something shop second hand stores, internet, or yard sales
- Keep a well stocked basic pantry
- Make it, rather than buying fast food
- Use cold water while wasing and rinsing the clothes
- Make your own laundry detergent
- Bake your own bread
- Buy grains in bulk to stock in pantry
- Shop second hand stores, antique shops, or internet for the best price on an item you NEED.