If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know I mainly blog about #thrivingthroughanxiety and hope in Christ through anxiety. So this is a new kind of blog for me to share but i was in the Lou tonight, with only the glow of the Christmas lights and it was like God put this thought in my mind to share with you ways I’ve been trying to be intentional for quite some time with how to be a modern day, crossover driving Proverbs 31 woman. Isn’t it funny how these things happen in places like on the toilet!? Cmon moms…He knows where the quiet spots of our lives are so we can hear him! Haha “So, now that I’ve got your attention…” he says. LOL
If you are kinda like me, then you’ve been intimidated and maybe confused by the Proverbs 31 woman. We read that they bring food from a far on ships, they buy a big piece of land and plant a vineyard, they bake bread from fresh collected grain and so on. This is just part of the Proverbs 31 woman. She wisely uses her time, money and resources. She’s frugal and diligent in her home. Now, some of this I do because we live on a farm. So I am able to provide groceries from our own garden, animals we raise for food and animals we hunt. But, that’s as far as that goes. I’ve never planted a vineyard. Only a couple raspberry bushes. 😉 But, have you ever sat there and felt like you were failing or felt confused because this just doesn’t look like the life of a modern day mini van mom!? How do we be a good steward of our time, money and resources like these women when we don’t live that way?
Well, it’s been an intentional part of my life for quite some time, So here are 7 simple things I do daily/weekly/monthly that serves my family, saves us money and allows us more time together. I hope something on this list will be of value to you!
1.) a clothesline! – I LOVE my clothesline y’all! During the spring summer and early fall it’s one of my favorite ways to save on our energy bill! And the smell of fresh linens wafting through the windows from outside…JOYOUS sister, JOYOUS!!
2.) throw together meals – One way we have saved so much money on our grocery bill is by using what we have in our freezer, fridge and pantry for meals before we go to the store. It has saved us money and it WASTES LESS!
3.) delete “temptation” emails- admit it, you love a good deal so you sign up for these newsletters from your favorite stores, and then they come by the dozens. “Save 50% on this rug, “Buy one, get one free”..etc. I personally get so tempted to spend money when I get these emails. So lately, with our goal of being debt-free, I’ve just been deleting them before I even open them! Because are you really saving money on something that’s 50% off when you don’t need it anyway? Bam! That 50% off on whatever just became saving 100% of your bank account. Yessss!
4.) dryer sheet swap- quit buying dryer sheets. Grab an old cotton T-shirt or upcycled cotton cloth and cut it into a small square. Put a few drops of essential oils on it. Let it dry. Then load your laundry into the dryer as normal and set the cloth on top of your clothes. Throw a wool ball in with it and dry as normal. It’s way healthier, smells incredible and saves so.much.money!
5.) freezer meals – this will save TIME and money. Pinterest has some super easy and CHEAP freezer meal recipes! Baked Mac + Cheese (we add pork sausage or pork chops from our hogs) is one of our faves! I like to make six or seven at a time. It takes 2 to 3 hours of one day and you have quick thaw and bake meals for the rest of the week ahead! This is so good during baseball season for us! What will you do with that time you won’t spend cooking now!? Maybe more time in the Word or coloring with your tiny tot?! Options are endless!
6.) delegate- as a mama of five 🖐 I’ve learned that I cannot do it all and God doesn’t expect me to. He gives us passions and talents and totally expects us to use them to serve our family well BUT he doesn’t want for us exhaustion or disconnect so do what we are good at and enjoy, delegate the rest! Each of our kids has a chore. So, I do what I do while they do what they are given to do and the house gets tidy faster! That means more time for dance parties or scary hide and seek. Plus, my hubby loves a happy wife. You know what they say. 😉
7.) make coffee at home – (cue breathless gasps from the Starbucks squad. Haha!) Most of you know, I’m a coffee lover but I’m not a lover of wasting money. $5 a day on a coffee adds up FAST! There are 28-31 days in a month..I’ll let you do the math. That’s crazy. So, I buy Kroger brand coffee and make it at home. With the money that saves us each month, we sponsor two beautiful children from Compassion International in Log Logo, Africa.
I hope this inspires you and relaxes you to know there are SO many ways for us to be good stewards of our time, money and resources. I have way more than 7 but this is a good start. Being a Proverbs 31 woman is going to look different for us all. The important part is walking in however God is asking us to in our journey and being intentional. So, let’s not play the comparison game or give the enemy any ground to wiggle in shame or doubt.
Grit and grace,