First, it’s interesting that this example so often used comes from a passage in the Old Testament. Second, this woman did buy a piece of land, she had some merchandise that was good, and she delivered girdles that she made to the merchants. Again, let me emphasize that I know many Godly women who do something on the side to supplement the family income.
Lady,, if your ok with starving, no roof over your head,,, t maybe ask the Author,, she might take you in, in fact I know she will, that’s the CHristian way isn’t it? What really baffled me is how Hannah was accused of not being able to admonish others due to her age. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. So, is there an implied endorsement in Proverbs 31 for a young mother’s pursuit of a full-time career outside the home?
I love the book of Proverbs, and certainly every Old Testament book contains principles that show us the heart of God. That word “homemaker” still means “keeper of the home, mistress of the house, housekeeper, stay-at-home, a domestic” (Liddell-Scott-Jones). I’m thinking of women like my friend Beth, who monograms clothes, towels, and handbags in her spare time, or my friend Alissa, who offers occasional tutoring for homeschooled students, or my friend Jennifer, who runs her own Etsy shop selling cool homemade crafts, or my friend Emily, who keeps a few other children in her home in addition to her own on some days.
I think Pat Owens (above) provides the example that is lacking from many who ask the question: Balance.
God is so much bigger and has given His children unique talents and abilities and created us all with unique temperaments, personalities and strengths.
Open up your mind and your heart and learn that God is bigger than the box you’re trying to put Him in. Are you saying that she is only able admonish and counsel younger women when she is classified as an elderly woman?


It does seem that, if the Proverbs 31 mother was a full-time career woman and if God was exalting that choice of a full-time career outside of the home, we would find some exaltation of that choice somewhere in the New Testament.
All of these women are keepers at home, homemakers, domestics, etc., but can still be financially productive on some scale, just as was the Proverbs 31 woman. Some women may have to work outside of the home (single parents for example), but it matters how they spend their time at home, keeping their home.
You’re not being godly when you twist Scripture in the way you do to justify your views, and yes, twist it you have.
In her season of young adulthood and motherhood, she is most definitely able to counsel women younger than her to help them! It is important to note that the Proverbs were never intended to legislate, even in the Mosaic age in which they were written. I know many women who are able to do just that even as they raise their children in the home.
It is absolutely possible, even probable, that many women may be able to do something to boost the family income in or outside the home and still be primarily a keeper at home. My struggle has been even bigger in recent months, since my husband’s separation from the military and our current state of limbo. On the other hand, our clear passage, Titus 2:3-5, in the New Testament is classified by the Holy Spirit Himself as sound doctrine and is to be heeded so that the Word of God will not be blasphemed. Everything from Etsy shops to making clothing and selling to balancing the books for their husbands’ businesses from their desks at home, to keeping children in the home, etc., all while remaining keepers of the home.
But it is very difficult to see how a woman can work full-time, put her children in full-time daycare, be absent from them during the vast majority of their waking hours and still be primarily a keeper at home, a worker at home, a domestic, a stay-at-home, etc.. I wrestle with whether I should get a job, using my social work license (I had one opportunity that I passed on, as I reviewed the job description, seeing that this part time contract position could take me away from my job at home more than I consider to be part time). She is not being disobedient to God’s Word, as shown in Titus 2, by teaching women younger than her-am I correct?


I know women from all walks of life, some married with kids and some without and they all do way more interesting and challenging stuff than that to make money, even the ones who are stay-at-home moms. It is sandwiched between the phrases “sound doctrine,” “teach,” and “that the Word of God be not blasphemed.” It is clearly legislation and it is clearly for our dispensation, the Christian age. To take the fact that the Proverbs 31 woman did some buying and selling and morph her into a career woman, even as the context of the Proverbs 31 woman description is overwhelmingly given to her home management, is taking liberties with that text. But I suppose I should go tell them that if they want to get into heaven they better stop pursing their interests and start making crafts to sell online because that is all that God wants them to do.
I grow weary, along side my husband, with each application rejection, though I offer support and encouragement, I too feel defeated.
I do not say that trying to pick a fight, but it is an honest observation that I as an outsider have noticed. Or at least that’s what some 25 year old know-it-all on the internet who claims to speak on behalf of God wants them to do. She sewed, she gave honor to her husband, she gardened, and good home management is all over that text. There are lots of us who have honest hearts and have been doing research and study on the matter. But we simply do not have enough in that text to take her outside the home and make her a woman devoted to an outside career. It may not apply to everyone, depending on your situation, and you have to be mature enough to know that not everything you read is going to apply to your situation.
Submitting to each other as outlined by Ephesians 5, allows each couple to determine how their family will operate.



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