If you are unfamiliar with this old testament scripture, Proverbs 31, continue reading for a simple definition of its meaning. Chapter 31 of the Book of Proverbs, verses one through nine in the Old Testament is presented as advice which King Lemuel's mother, a queen, gave to him, about how a virtuous king should reign. She also details the attributes of a virtuous wife or ideal woman (she's the queen, she should know, right?). The remaining versus 10-31, directs women to be industrious and fear the Lord. The noble woman is the topic of numerous Bible studies and Christian women's ministries.
This is a popular scripture that is quoted, most often, amongst women groups across churches, internationally. It has been quoted more for the qualities it gives of a noble wife, or what sounds like the perfect wife, beginning with the 10th verse. The beginning, verse one through nine, is actually a mother giving a life lesson to her son, who is king. Again if you are not familiar, here it is:
Sayings of King Lemuel 31 The sayings of King Lemuel--an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
3 Do not spend your strength[a] on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.
4 It is not for kings, Lemuel-- it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer
5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish!
7 Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 31 and the Mommy Entrepreneur
Okay, so you might be wondering at this point, where am I going with this? What does scripture have to do with mom wanting to make some earn money for her family?
First I would like to offer you the term vision. It is very easy for a woman to be consumed in the role of mom. The rest of the world suddenly forgets you have a name as you may be referred to as "Jordan's mom", instead of by your first name. There is definitely pride found at times in that blurred line, but there can also be resentment.
Second, I would like to offer you the term purpose. A Proverbs 31 woman has found, with a team, what I find to be the ultimate in "having it all" life. To give a laments summary:
-Her man is "the man" because she's an awesome wife and cheerleader to her husband. He supports her efforts.
-She is respected in her home because she is amongst the first to awaken to handle the business of the household. This would include preparing meals for her family, housekeeper(s) and giving specific instruction of tasks..
-She makes wise investments with her profits.She is creative at home. She is generous to those in need. This noble woman is financially savvy and continues to contribute to her family's financial stability with her skills and talents.
-Her family is prepared no matter the time of day or year, because she has planned properly for them.
-She is wise, so people listen when she speaks. -She is not found bored, but usually working on a project, whether for home or business.
Proverbs 31 and the Mommy Entrepreneur
Do you understand now why it is so natural for a mother, or expecting mother, to transition to becoming an entrepreneur? That is how the universe wants it, as told in Proverbs 31. One important fact I discovered when I learned of this scripture, is that this smart woman has a team to pull it off. A smart leader does not control the results by doing everything themselves, but by trusting a capable team to perform their part efficiently.
Even back then, we were all still allotted the same 24 hours. She found the most efficient and productive way to fulfill every part of being a woman, not just the mommy part. Find a video of how one corporate mom who found a way to make the transition work. www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=10248362n
Some key points I took away from her interview include:
-create a separate area to work in. This allows you to "take off" the mommy hat and really give your business the time and attention it deserves, just like children.
-look into the technology you will need to start, but also what technology would make a process more efficient.
-she also shared the reality of a temporary reduced income initially if you were used to a salary, with the understanding it's all part of growing a business.
Either way, there is nothing new under the sun, except how mommy's today can emulate a Proverbs 31 woman from the comforts of home!
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Always having a passion for more than I experienced, in high school I drew up floor plans for my dream home. A tragic death of a loved one weeks before graduating college, caused me to re-evaluate everything I believed in. As a home-based entrepreneur since 2007 and Internet Marketer, I embrace this industry and my opportunities to live abundantly! CLICK here to work with Marlie Davis
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