Female entrepreneurs are great, but luckily they’re not a new phenomenon. The Bible highlights a number of them. In fact, Lydia, who was the very first European Christian, was an entrepreneur in the fashion industry. Some of Jesus friends and followers were female business owners who helped support his ministry. My favorite is the entrepreneur in Proverbs 31, written 3,000 years ago during the time of Solomon and Israel’s golden age. I often read to my 8 & 9-year-old daughters at night. To help drive the verses home it helps to connect them to someone you know. I decided to show my daughters how their amazing mother is like the woman the Bible holds up as a great example as a wife, mother, and -yes- entrepreneur.
10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
(Girls, I would not trade mommy for any amount of money. One of the big reasons I married her is that I knew I could trust her. When I met her, she was singing and making an impact on others around the world, and now she does the same through her business and writing.)
Here’s where we get into the entrepreneur section.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
(Mommy works hard to figure out the best things to buy for her business at the best prices.)
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
(Does Whole Food Fair Trade count?)
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
(well…mommy is still on California time and doesn’t really get up early, but she works a lot at night.)
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
(She first started out her business doing what everyone else did, continued to do her homework, and found out she could be more successfully doing things differently than everyone else.)
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
(Mommy saved all the money she made at the beginning, so that she’d never be in debt with her business. She never spends more than she has in the bank.)
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
(We’ll substitute essential oil glass bottles for distaffs and spindles.)
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
(Remember, one of the first things she did was to sponsor kids in three different countries through Compassion International, and also to donate money to help women in developing countries start their own businesses.)
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
(Mommy finds creative ways to make money so you girls can take music lessons and play sports.)
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
(Mommy has helped so many other people when it comes to their health and taking care of themselves. Other mommies from all over the country call and email her to ask for advice.)
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
(Even on days when she doesn’t want to, she’s always working hard in helping her family and friends.)
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
(Girls, make sure to tell mommy how thankful you are for how hard she works. And you know what? Daddy should write a blog post about mommy. I definitely would choose her over every woman on earth.)
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
(She is definitely loves and respects God- but I still think she’s pretty good looking, though :).
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. (I don’t spend too much time at the city gate, but tell her how amazing she is, and I do sing her praises on Facebook!)
Our girls have certainly taken their mommy’s example to heart. Last summer they made a few hundred dollars walking dogs, selling lemonade and washing cars. Not bad for girls who haven’t hit double digits in age yet. They are blessed to have such an amazing woman to look up to, and to see she’s living up to a great example from the Bible.
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