Going Crunchy via the Virtuous Woman
I've been following the Good Morning Girls Bible Study on the Proverbs 31 Woman. Though I began my crunchy journey, a couple years ago, this study has brought to light some crunchiness in the virtuous woman!
Follow me as I am going to go through the verses that I see the "crunchiness" of the Proverbs 31 woman in.
11 "have no need of spoil"
This means she doesn't waste things! As crunchy women/families we tend to use everything possible ~ down to composting and using reusable as much as possible!
13 "worketh willingly with her hands"
Most crunchy women choose to do more work vs. less ~ by choice ~ thus we are choosing to work willingly with our hands.
14 "she bringeth her food from afar"
Bringing food that we've chosen to use as a crunchy family does not typically come from the local grocery store.
15 "She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household"
Most of us do a lot of "from scratch" cooking and baking, this requires us to get up early at times to prepare.
16 "She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard."
We research, discuss, and decide what we buy ~ we tend to plant, grow and raise as much of our own food as we can.
17 "She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms."
Doing all of the things above, we strengthen ourselves.
18 "She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night."
After all the research we've done, we know that to the best of our ability, the things we choose to bring into our homes are good for our families.
We stay up late getting more stuff done, using our willing hands!
19 "She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple."
Some of us even make our clothes! Ensuring we're all dressed accordingly for each season.
24 'She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant."
There are those of us that make and then sell the clothes we make!
25 "Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come."
We are strong! Remember the strong arms we build up with all the willing work we do? ;)
26 "She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness."
We learn and then share all we've learned ~ we don't keep our knowledge to ourselves!
27 "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness."
Everything we do is for the good of our families and our homes ~ we are definitely not (or should not be) idle.
28 "Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her."
One day this is what we would want ~ our children and husband rising up and thanking us for the "craziness" we brought into their lives!
30 "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."
Many of us fear the Lord, loving and enjoying the beauty of the earth He made. Enjoying the natural food, herbs, etc. as He created them!
31 "Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."
All that we do can be seen ~ our works are known. May they be wise and shared with all we know and beyond!
Through the GMG Bible Study, I have learned one bit of information that I had never heard nor thought of before.
The Proverbs 31 woman didn't do all of these things in one day! It was over her lifetime!
Our crunchy life is a continuous journey ~ it begins, grows and builds upon itself! It won't happen in one day, just like the Proverbs 31 woman!
One step at a time ~ loving my simple crunchy life!
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