I know that as I go through these verses, several could be lumped together, but in my stubbornness, I’ve decided to still do them one by one. Even when they make me wonder how in the world I’m going to make a blog post out of the verse.
One thing I don’t want to do with scripture is make it more than what God is presenting it as. This next verse definitely goes along with the previous 3 verses. The proverbs 31 woman is always taking care of things. She’s always keeping busy.
A year ago I started planning a move from Virginia to Maryland. Being 2 hours away from Fred wasn’t conducive to building a relationship with him. That meant in the month of August I was going back and forth (four hours round trip) looking at housing options in the area. I made that trip so much it was overwhelming. I should’ve actually listened to Fred and his suggestion to begin with and I would’ve saved time and money.
What finally worked out was getting the house Fred had been living in; his original suggestion. God’s timing is so amazing. Fred had bought a house that had him moving out the weekend before I was able to move into the rental. It worked for what my needs were and it was in my budget. In essence, I “considered the field” of homes available to me and chose the one that fit best into my finances, and what was clearly ordained by God with the timing and all of the other little details.
Out of my earnings, I haven’t planted a vineyard this year, but did plant the beginnings of a beautiful floral garden at Fred’s house. We already saw a hummingbird at one of the bee balms I planted. I hope to plant more flowers for fall and have more blooming next spring. The garden (vineyard) is my happy place!
At our house in Minnesota, I had a large vegetable and fruit garden. I loved having zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, and raspberries. That vineyard saved me money in the long run. I don’t know that I’ll be able to have a vegetable garden at Fred’s house. That’s something in the “wait and see” mode.
Now, you may not have a green thumb, and you may not need to find any real estate, but I think it’s important to take care of the real estate you live in. No, my house isn’t the tidiest of homes, but it’s in good condition. I talk to the landlord if something needs to be fixed or I try to fix it myself. I also try to keep bills down to a minimum.
You also may not be able to plant a vineyard because you have no room or you simply have a black thumb and kill anything you come into contact with. In our society it’s not necessary to do that any more. Not like they did back then. If you’ve never even tried, maybe give it a go this spring/summer. Some things are too late to plant from seed, but you could always plant something that’s been started at a local landscaping store. If you’re in an apartment or a rental, you can grow vegetables in large pots. Any garden center will be able to help you get started. It’s also so relaxing and enjoyable!
How do you spend your earnings? Do you use wisdom with those earnings?