Encouraging Proverbs 31 Women To Know Self-Sufficiency Skills

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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.
  • Foraging
    • 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.
  • Bartering
    • 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.

Why I encourage all women to have basic homesteading and self-sufficiency skills or at least a knowledge of. It's just so important, and could save your family one day. Give it a read, and please pass it on.

What other skills do you think your fellow sisters should have?


17 thoughts on “Encouraging Proverbs 31 Women To Know Self-Sufficiency Skills

  1. We’re in the same boat as you are it sounds. We live in a harsh weather area with a ton of snow and a short growing season. It’s been a challenge for us for sure, and many years our weather turns before we are able to harvest some of our produce. I learn more and more each passing year. Fortunately, we have so many deer, moose, and elk that we can follow the tracks to help us find good foraging resources in the winter.
    Thanks for sharing your experience Heather.

  2. This is a great post and a very important one. I think that there are a lot of people who would just not know how to deal with things if something happened and they couldn’t get to the shops. It is so important to learn how to preserve our food and all the things you mentioned above. Thanks for the encouragement. Blessings

    1. Agreed. In our area, we have snow 8 months of the year and it makes everything hard. If we neglected to take care of everything early, our winters could be detrimental (or at least very uncomfortable). With everything in the towns running smoothly, there’s nothing to worry about. But I’m sure if things got tight, all the tiny little towns nearby would be on their own for snow removal, and getting fuel and groceries in.
      At nearly 6000 feet above sea level, our wells are hundreds of feet down and I’d guess half or more are on electric. Would we know what to do without it?
      Because of our rough terrain and climate, most people in this area know many of these skills already (we have one person per square mile, so that’s not many).
      These are all good skills to have on the back of one’s resume, that’s for sure.
      Thank you for sharing your views.

  3. I enjoyed reading your post. I agree we shouldn’t live in fear but we should, as you said, be as prepared as possible to deal with some difficult situations. We live on the Gulf Coast and your list of things to know how to do will come in very handy during our hurricane season!

    1. That is so good to hear Mary! It is my hope everyone who reads this will be able to either pick at least one skill to work on it, or vow to sharpen one of the skills. I myself will be working on purposefully starting fires from scratch this year (in the wood stove, cook stove, outside cooking, etc.) since it’s the Farmer who does most of it now. What would I do if he wasn’t around to assist?

  4. I so agree with your take on being self sufficient. I guess I’m still considered the older generation since I’m 67 but kids now days would have a hard time with survival in troubled times. Plus I think being self sufficient brings a mind set of – I can do this – that has served me well in my life. Thanks so much for sharing !!!

    1. First of all, 67 isn’t quite the older generation 😉 . I’m in agreeance with you–it brings a want to provide along with the need to provide. It keeps people motivated to take care of others instead of having others take care of them. Thank you for leaving your golden wisdom.

  5. I really like this post. As you say in your disclaimer, I know there are people out there whom I love and value that think differently on this issue. However, I do believe that both men and women need some basic self-sufficiency/survival skills. I learned this idea from folks of my grandparents’ generation who taught me that a godly wife should be an asset to the household, not an unskilled liability.

    I like your list, and I would add that it is good to know basic first aid and even some natural medicines for common ailments (colds, diaper rash, insect bites,etc…) And up there with gardening would be canning/preserving and cooking for the seasons.

    1. Oh…an “unskilled liability.” Hadn’t thought to put it that way…
      First aid is so important. The nearest hospital is an hour away from us. When my 16 month old son’s heart stopped, I was never so happy that I was a trauma specialist. How could I have forgot to list that one? Good catch.

      1. Oh my goodness! When I saw your comment about your 16 month old, I could just imagine how frightening that must have been. I have a son with a congenital heart defect and while things have thankfully gone well for him so far, stories like that are things I hear from other heart moms. Thankfully, we have a good God to lean on!

        1. I didn’t find out until that day that he also has a heart condition. I join you as a heart mom. We are in good company.
          God is so good. 🙂

  6. I agree with you completely. We try and keep a well-balanced library with information on all sorts of subjects because I don’t think the internet is invincible. Also, during hard times in the past, like the Depression Era, most women did a great job of improvising because they had grown up with many homesteading skills. Today, we don’t have much generational knowledge passed down to us so it is our responsibility to learn in case of an emergency of some sort. I try and look around my home and think, “what if this didn’t work”, what could I use instead. It is a challenge but I think it important. Thank you for sharing with the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week!

    1. I am amazed at the Depression Era women. They had hardworking backgrounds, and were so resourceful! I pray every woman looks at her house and critically thinks like you do. Thank you for sharing your insight JES.

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