Whenever we read about the Proverbs 31 woman, most of us come away feeling intimidated and lacking. She does everything right, she is everything right and all the people around her evidently know it and love her for it. I'd be happy with just one of these being true about me, much more all three! My terribly talented cousin just started her own cookie making business and after talking about all the ins and outs of that, I thought of this passage a little differently. The seasons of being a wife and a mother are constantly changing. Even if we all began our marriages with all of these skills, it is unlikely that they would all be required at the same time. What struck me is how creative and resourceful we need to be as woman - just as this Proverbs woman was. The needs of our family will change, just as our skills and opportunities will change. This beautiful description of a worthy woman tells me that a worthy woman is resourceful and makes a way to get her family what they need - not a big reminder of where I fail.
Sometimes providing for my family is a 9-5 job. Sometimes it is a side business or making things myself. The important thing I read in it is our willingness as woman to utilize what we have to gain what we need. And in honor of doing just that, check out my cousin's new venture. If you are local to Oklahoma City area and are in need of some delicious and beautifully decorated cookies, check out the Oklahoma Cookie Jar. She brought some just for my family to try a couple of weeks ago so I can vouch for them. Delicious!
Especially in this age of information, a successful - worthy - woman is one who acquires what she needs, not necessarily begins with it all from the start.