Proverbs 31: Virtuous Woman in Business

As I was reading Proverbs 31 yet again, yearning to learn all I could from this virtuous woman in order to be a better version of myself, it started dawning on me that it has been spoken of and taught to us on how to be a virtuous woman at home, in the church, and in our community. However, not much emphasis has been placed on the business-building entrepreneurial characteristics of the same virtuous woman when every verse in her chapter literally mentions one business or another that she founded or managed. This resonated in me to shine a bright light on all these qualities that were unintentionally underdiscussed. Maybe it was because she was a woman doing business, or maybe we are too accustomed to women being assumed to manage only the home.

In this day and age, many women manage not just their homes; but they manage businesses, organizations, churches, educational institutes, military units, and much more. In order to represent these modern women, I also needed to point out that women managing businesses did not start with the virtuous woman; it started with the first generation of women that were mentioned in the Bible. As you read the stories of these Bible women and how their daily lives transcend to modern women in our generation, you get to read real life stories of Christian women that have diligently combined the ability of managing their families and their businesses and still kept God first and foremost in their lives—just as the Proverbs 31 virtuous woman did.

--Linda Ogbah Faas

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