Why it’s Worth it to ‘Break a Nail’

Proverbs 31:13 “She seeketh wool, and flax,
and worketh willingly with her hands.”

While we do not work with wool and flax any more, the principle of this verse still holds true. You can always tell a worthy woman by the fact that she is industrious and helps her husband produce for the family! Proverbs 31 describes a woman who not only works but “seeks” as well. In the Parker Valley book series, Sondra is faced with this very challenge.

After the death of her parents in a plane crash, Sondra is faced with a problem: either her family is going to separate or she must find a way to keep them together. Sondra struggles with the problems of hard work versus her natural desire to get out and live the life of a young woman. She also has to address the issue of a marriage covenant and what it means to be loyal to her family.

Today’s world teaches young women that if they do the right things, they will magically be successful. If they go to college at the right school and study the right curriculum, they will suddenly find themselves with a degree that unlocks the potential for earning unlimited income. They will find a great career, get married and somehow manage children and a husband while sitting in a big office and raking in the money. Of course, none of this is actually true!

What about the woman who becomes a teacher and lives on a pittance of a salary to help children? What about the woman who wants to use her God-given artistic talents to create beautiful works that will inspire people but that few are willing to pay for? Are these women unsuccessful? Would we call them “losers”? What about the woman who gives up her corporate career and chooses to stay home and raise her children and make a home for her family?

The fact is that the woman in Proverbs 31, like Parker Valley Sondra, is successful because she works hard, not because she has some magic key to success. The Bible teaches “Whatsoever your hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). When you work your hardest, your work is pleasing to the Lord and you are a success!

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