wanna know what a horrible person i am? i'm copying my best friend's entry for this week's bible study. that's right. because i DID look at it, and i DID read it and pray on it-- and i came up with pretty much what she said. so, due to the fact that i'll be spending the rest of the day doing homework and making pumpkin cheesecake, please enjoy (re)reading this post. my apologies. i promise to be back in full force next week.
Today, we will be studying verses 18 and 19 (NIV):
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
Basically, the Proverbs 31 Woman is ensuring that the works she is doing isn't done in vain. The work she does prospers her family and keeps them safe and warm.
What would that look like today? Going to a job that is fulfilling personally as well as provisionally. If you own a business or create things to sell, that would mean that you are running an efficient business. Or, if you stay at home with your kids, that might mean making sure you do things that profit the whole family, like keeping groceries stocked, teaching/raising your kids to be worthwhile citizens, making sure the home is happy and safe and comfortable for everyone. All these as opposed to working a job that isn't getting you anywhere and isn't paying you what you are worth or what your family needs. As opposed to putting your kids in daycare if you don't make enough to pay for it. As opposed to wasting your time along with everyone else's.
I may be way off, but that's what I get out of these verses. And if you're wondering what a distaff is, it is "the instrument used for twisting threads by a whirl" (according to Easton's Bible Dictionary). So, she isn't afraid of working to put clothes on the backs of her loved ones.