Disclaimer: This is my own personal opinion and why I encourage (not insist) all women to learn self-sufficiency. I hold no judgement on any of you Friends who disagree--we are all responsible for our own families and how we take care of them is our own best judgments.
I love to share homesteading skills with you all in hopes of giving you Proverbs 31 women some extra knowledge of skills you could use today to take care of your families and also because you may need these skills one day.
Most of us live in a world where women are free to work outside the home, and are actually encouraged to. I worked outside the home full time until recently. I absolutely loved it, and look forward with fondness of the day I’ll return to the workforce.
Many of us have, or look forward to when we will have husbands that also provide for us (whether we stay at home or not).
We live in a world where we can go to an almost endless variety of stores and buy as much of whatever we want.
But it wasn’t long ago when all of these situations weren’t so. Most who lived through these rougher times have passed on. The vast majority of the population alive today have only learned about these days in text books. Sadly, the majority of us are in denial that dire financial situations could ever exist again.
We need to live in the reality that we could decline back into that nation. It’s hard to believe right now for many–but it could happen. And if it did, how would you provide for your family?
Some would rather cross that bridge when they get there and rely on God. That’s great. Relying on God is the smartest and safest choice anyone could make.
But, there is a learning curve with the change that would ensue. Having basic self-sufficiency knowledge now will narrow that curve later.
While I don’t believe that everyone should live this lifestyle all the time, or live in fear; I do believe women should know how to take care of their families in any situation. The Proverbs 31 woman should know how to take care of them when life is easy, but also when life is hard.
Here are the homesteading skills I think every Proverbs 31 woman should have knowledge of (or at least a good book if the internet goes out):
- How to get clean water if your culinary system and electricity go out–i.e. your faucets don’t work.
- This is absolutely, hands down the most important thing. If you know everything else on this list, but don’t know this one thing, the rest really doesn’t matter.
- This could be knowledge of the closest spring, how to drill your own well, and/or how to harvest water.
- How to keep warm without electricity
- Starting a fire is a lot harder than you would think. Not everything will burn.
- Where would you make a fire if you had to?
- How to cook without electricity
- Do you have a wood stove? Have you ever dutch-oven cooked while out camping?
- Know how to make a rocket-stove? (That’s on my to-do list)
- Gardening in the area you are.
- Different produce grows in different areas.
- Just in-case your garden doesn’t do well, would you know where else to get safe produce?
- This one isn’t as important unless you get really desperate, but in-case you were lost in the woods, it could save your life.
- This sounds like a no-brainier, but think about it…I have some disposable diapers in my pantry that we don’t use. If my neighbor needed them tomorrow, I’d probably trade them for just about anything. But if life changes and situations become dire and I’m pregnant–suddenly those diapers could be worth gold.
It’s a short list really. Mastering the skills could take a terribly long time, and you may never use them afterwards. That’s why it’s my suggestion to have a book printed somewhere that is easily accessible to you should your internet go down.
Better yet, read up on some of these and keep the information in the back of your head. You never know when your car could die in a snow storm; a hurricane, tornado, or earthquake could happen; or you get lost in the woods one day while camping.
What other skills do you think your fellow sisters should have?