In answer to Leah's comment, I decided to talk about one of the books that I have been reading recently along with my devotions in the morning. I've been reading Beautiful in God's Eyes by Elizabeth George. It's a book on the Proverbs 31 woman. I'm not in agreement with all that Elizabeth George says, but I appreciate the fact that she takes the time to go word by word in each verse and explain it as thoroughly as possible. For the most part, it's a wonderful book.
I specifically chose this book to read in order to develop the character traits of a Godly woman so that when I have a family of my own I will be able to be a great mother and wife, but not only to prepare my heart for the future, but even now as a daughter and friend to others.
One of the verses that interested me was Proverbs 31:11 "He will have no lack of gain." This verse is describing the wife who contributes to her husband's success. I never really realized that being frugal and wise with money was important at all. In fact, I thought that as long as you had money or were wealthy, it would be okay to indulge and purchase the most expensive item on the menu or buy something you knew you probably wouldn't need. From the context of the verse, it appears that the wise woman thinks carefully about her purchases before she spends money. If she were a woman of today she would probably clip coupons in order to save money for the family, be an energy conservationist, and probably look up reviews upon big purchases so she can find the best rated item for a good deal. To me that is hard work! Clipping coupons can take hours just to cut out and sort. I know that whenever I want an expensive item, looking it up on Consumer Reports is kind of a hassle, finding the cheapest price is also a hassle. I always figured that it was all a waste of time just for a few dollars, but not according to this verse. I've now realized the importance of a woman helping her husband out with expenses in every way possible. Even now, I have the ability to help out my dad by saving money doing those things mentioned above. It may take up lots of time, but it's well worth it in the end.
I will post a new verse that I found interesting in Proverbs 31 every few days or so and share my insights on it, since I have so much more to say from what I've learned in Elizabeth George's book!