Foundations for a Faith-Based Business

My first official post for Moms of Faith! I would like to begin by sharing my own vision for faith and business as a foundation for all things to come! My inspiration since entering the workforce has been the Proverbs 31 woman.

Picture this woman as you read the following:

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
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.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate

Proverbs 31:10-31 NIV

What an amazing lady! She is self-motivated, hardworking and industrious! She loves the Lord, she has a sense of humor, she knows how to create multiple streams of income, and she is cherished by her family! What more could a working woman aspire to be? Chew on this section of scripture this week. Ask the Lord how you can be more like this God-fearing woman as you work… and in your everyday life. Until next time….

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  1. Faith_Mom on August 28, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I am SO looking forward to your posts! :)

  2. Heather @ CSAHM on August 28, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Definitely need to chew on this for a bit. I look forward to reading more of this column. Being able to run a business and still stand strong in my faith, serve God and my family is something I definitely need to focus on.

  3. Debbie on August 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Do you think she actually managed all of these things all of the time? That’s where I struggle? I can excel at one or two things, but everything else falls apart… Oh to be able to Mega Multi Task…

    I certainly look forward to more of this…

  4. Tahnee on August 31, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I feel lazy now. I want to be like the Proverbs woman. The house is a mess and I have company coming this weekend, and I have a jillion things to do for the business! In our new little business, that’s what I pray to be like. To really put God first in all aspects of life and really trust Him with everything. To make my husband and daughter’s life easier. But can I just say that I get tired and need encouragement sometimes too? Thanks for this great column, you rock!

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