“I am an avid book collector.
I enjoy the hobbies of knitting and sewing.
One of my greatest passions is being a help to others.
As some of you may know, I help a lady friend from church clean a house every other Friday. I was originally considered and hired to enable her to clean the house in a more time efficient manner, so she could be home at a decent time for her family. It allows me to make a little money on the side, and the learning and bonding that comes with her, alone, makes it worth my while!
I was taught and raised by my Dad to have some money in your savings, and to earn more than what you spend. I have had jobs in the past, and have managed this very thing thus far. But now I am trying to earn money in more eclectic ways that will limit my time spent outside of the home,; within a Titus 2 spectrum, and that will be a blessing to my family, current or future.
There are some changes going on within the home and our church, so now my occupation also takes up selling things for my Dad to help us out financially. Our outlets are through physical and online means, such as yard sales and eBay.”
– My Shops
I added a page called “My Shops” (linked above) for the purpose of allowing those who are following me to get a peek into one of my hobbies; amateur online entrepreneurship!
AMATEU’R, n. [L. anator, a lover, from amo, to love.] A person attached to a particular pursuit..
The Bible says that the woman in Proverbs 31;
- “…seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.” v. 13
- “…is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.” v. 14
- “…considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.” v. 16
- “…perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.” v. 18
- “…layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.” v. 19
- “…maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.” v. 24
Slowly but surely, I am hoping to apply these characteristics into my life. My days have certainly gotten busier, and a tad bit more stressful. (Nothing a little magnesium can’t help. ;)) It is all very rewarding and pleasing, and, what I think to be, necessary.
“In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” Proverbs 14:23
You gotta walk the walk, and not just talk the talk! (Or to just read about it!)
For the most part, I am currently selling used books, CD’s, DVD’s, VHS’s, and home school curricula. In the future I hope to expand my shops to include selling modest clothing and handmade crafts.
Besides selling online, I am gaining experience in different services, and hope to learn more skills so I can broaden the horizon for my future, become more prepared, and to be a better service to my family, friends, and the ministry.
I am learning, more and more, that you must take the opportunities when they come to you if you want to get somewhere. It pains me to look back and see how many opportunities that the Lord gave me that I passed on or have missed by pure negligence.
Live and learn. (Proverbs 20:30)
One inspiration that I have found recently is Karen Andreola. I recently purchased and listened to her CD “Mother Culture“* and just adored it. I listened to it twice in two days! She spoke of femininity, the majesties of motherhood, cultivating the soul, and becoming closer to God.
“She will be better able to cope with her responsibilities. To take part in Mother Culture is to feed herself with the Word of God, with ideas from books, nature, art, music, etc., taking care to keep growing spiritually and mentally.” *
No, I am not a mother, nor a wife. But I found that the practices of “Mother Culture” can and should be applied to a woman in her daily walk with the Lord. It is so easy to become absorbed in the business of life and neglect the things of the Lord. We must keep our vision within the right perspective.
While we are to eat “not the bread of idleness”, we mustn’t neglect our spiritual lives, or that of our family and friends. We mustn’t work in vanity (Proverbs 31:30), or to glorify ourselves. We should work to please, obey, and glorify God. (Colossians 3:23)
In conclusion, I am becoming one busy gal! lol
What are some ways you are following the Proverbs 31 woman’s example of entrepreneurship? Share with me and leave a comment!
*Currently on sale for $5!
**Karen Andreola’s capitalization of “word” is her capitalization, not mine. It is important to recognize that in the Bible, “Word of God” only ever references to Jesus. When speaking of the Bible, it is referenced as the “word of God”, lower-case w.