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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 50

March 8, 2010

Work from Home

Scripture to Memorize:

She makes linen garments and sells them,

and supplies the merchants with sashes.

She is clothed with strength and dignity;

she can laugh at the days to come.

Proverbs 31:24-25

Passage to Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 Today’s passage reminds us to make our ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind our own business and to work with our hands.  If we do this our daily life may win the respect of outsiders.

Guided Prayer:

Ask God to give you the wisdom and insight to lead a quiet life, mind your own business and work with your hands to help provide for the financial needs of my family.  Acknowledge that the Lord is your Jehovah Jireh, your provider.  Trust that God will lead you as you seek to begin (or expand) your home enterprise.

Personal Observation:

I found Donna’s observations interesting today.  Donna talked about home-based businesses.  She feels that not only are women called to be home but to be home-based business women.  She even wrote a book to help women get started:  Homemade Business:  A Woman’s Step-by-Step Guide to Earning Money.

Many people say that women should be at home and not out making money; however, many of them fail to address the fact that the Proverbs 31 Woman, not only stayed home (which was the norm of the day) but ran a very successful and profitable home-based business!  How many women are urged to just quit working and stay home?  If the woman comments they can’t manage on one-income she is told to tell her husband to get a second job or get one that pays better (or find ways to reduce the amount of income they need).  Rarely do you hear suggestions of home-based businesses for the wife to pursue.  When Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, he cautioned them not to eat the bread of idleness (which implies that some were doing just that).  We have the same problem today, many women who stay home find themselves filling their days with gossiping on the phone, watching soaps, reading romance novels and surfing the Internet.  (That statement really caught my attention as I am often guilty of doing those very things.)  Do you stay busy (and productive) at home?  Are you generating income to help support your family and to alleviate some of the financial burden that is on your husband’s shoulders?    The Proverbs 31 Woman did just that!  No wonder her husband praised her.

Before you say, “I can’t run a home-based business, I’m raising my children!”  Why not include your children and teach them the entrepreneurial spirit?  Having your own business offers tremendous rewards, both personal and financial, not the least of which is significant tax write-offs.

I will admit I have my own business — I’m an Independent Mary Kay Business Consultant.  Unfortunately, I’ve never really worked by business (one of the downfalls of having your own business is if you don’t work you don’t get paid — sometimes working for someone else allows you a paycheck if you at least show up.

Practical Application:

Prayerfully consider whether or not you should explore ways to generate additional family income through your own home-based business.  For further suggestions, visit http://www.donnapartow.com/homemadebusiness.

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