“She is like the merchant ships, she brings her food from afar” (Proverbs 31:14).
The Resourceful Woman: Searching, Seeking and Serving
She is creative and diligent. She goes where she needs to go to get what she has to get to be the greatest blessing to her family and those round her.
It’s so easy to rush and cut corners and do as little as possible, but this is a life calling we have as women to diligently work to create an environment of nourishment for our families and for those around us—nourishment that includes spirit, soul and body.
Last year when we were in Mexico at a leadership dinner, they served a traditional Mexican dessert called Chocoflan. It was delicious! My family loves flan, and this was a mix of chocolate cake and flan. So good! So when I got home, I searched the internet looking for an authentic Mexican Chocoflan, and I watched tutorials and learned. I made it for my family for Christmas dinner, and they loved it! And I shared the leftovers with Pastor John Hall, as he lived in Mexico for a few years and loved this dessert. It was fun and creative, and we made a memory. And now it will become part of our family tradition.
Be diligent and use your creativity to bless and nourish those around you by searching, seeking and serving! And then, you know what happens? You get blessed, and you get nourished!
“Lazy people want much but get little. But those who work hard will prosper” (Proverbs 13:4).
You might want to use the following tips and tools to help you further develop your knowledge of the Word as well as navigate life’s challenges with grace and creativity in order to nourish those in your sphere.
- Search the Scriptures and see what the Lord is doing – and join the work He is sanctioning. As we’ve heard many times, the most useful tool in our spiritual toolbox is time spent each day with God in the secret place. It is during these times that He can guide us in ways that shield us from harm, or reveal “great and unsearchable things we did not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3) As a resourceful woman, that’s something I don’t want to be without! But in order to make this even more practical, I want to suggest a few different ways to keep God’s Word before your eyes day and night.
- Pray the Word – It’s helpful to pray the Scriptures when you’re making your petitions known to God. Not only will you then be sure to pray the will of God (His Word is His Will), but you will be committing it to memory and renewing your mind in the process.
- Sing the Word – Scripture songs are often taught to our children for a reason. I can’t tell you how many times they’ve come to mind even as an adult. It nourishes my soul every time as I meditate on the meaning of these simple songs.
- Share the Word – Today we don’t even have to be in the same room to share an encouraging word from scripture. We can use text, e-mail or even a card written in our own hand, to exhort, encourage and comfort.
- Seek diligently for the thing(s) you need to accomplish God’s purpose for you. Simple things like; couponing (extra food=more for the food bank) or sales, both in stores and yard sales. Maybe, you’re like my mother, and you’re a gifted seamstress and you gather fabric and thread to create beautiful lap blankets for the local nursing home or doll clothes for you grandchildren. Caring for your family well, but always being mindful that the Lord has blessed you to be a blessing to others. (Is. 58:2, Proverbs 8:17)
- Serving one another in love. We use all of our resources to make sure our families are fed, clothed and taught well. Ask the Lord what He would have you do to be His hands and feet to a world in need. (Galatians 5:13)
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Finally, Peter Furler, while with the Newsboys, said this at the beginning of “The Purple Book”, written by Rice Broocks and Steve Murrell: “His purpose is our food. His Word will reveal His purpose.”
By Joan Evrist & Beth Rhora