A business is more than a daughter working with her family at home – it is part of her lifework for Yahweh, her Saviour, her family, and the Body of Christ. All that she does needs to be examined to see if it has the correct reason or purpose. She tries to follow the ways of women of old in focusing everything around rejoicing in her role as a woman for Yahweh. She explores different aspects of the virtuous woman’s example to work with her hands with what the earth brings forth for the benefit of her family and those around her.
In my family, we are just beginning to start a home- business. Almost two years ago, my father purchased a fifteen acre farmstead complete with a house, barns, pasture, fruit trees, woods, and brooks. With God’s help, my dad, mom, younger brother, and I started working together to transform the neglected acreage and buildings into a workable, humble farm.
My dad is an engineer, my mom a homemaker, I was trained to be a teacher, and my brother graduated from high school last year. In order to run a farm, especially one for profit, we have a lot to learn! Research has been a joy. We have scoured the library, subscribed to farm publications, and used the Internet to learn more about farming and how to solve some problems. We are befriending local farmers to glean from their wealth of animal and plant knowledge. My dad is currently reading a cattle book aloud to us each night before we read the Word of God together.
Starting an organic vegetable garden was our priority after moving. Last year it was just for our own use. We froze and gave away any extras. If God blesses our efforts this year, we hope to sell any excess. We hope to set up a simple farm stand on our property. My brother made a pumpkin patch just outside the garden to sell this autumn for extra cash. Depending on our fruit crop, Lord willing, we will sell apples also.
Late last summer we started a laying hen flock. We got most of them free from farms giving away their extras or older chickens. So far, many lessons were learned from having the responsibility of keeping animals. Some were hard and difficult, like dealing with dog attacks and illness. We thank Yahweh for those lessons that could not be learned any other way. Our hens are free to roam during the day anywhere they want, finding and eating grubs, other pests, and weeds. We are currently raising chicks for more laying hens. Once our daily collection of eggs increases, we plan to include them at our farm stand.
At the end of the summer two calves will become part of the farm. We plan to raise them for meat the grass-fed way. We are eager to see what God will teach us with these! We love learning about the natural, God-given ways to raise animals and food. We hope to share the goodness of lean, nutritious, tasty meat with others and make money at the same time.
For a more sustainable lifelong income, my brother is establishing a bowl-turning business for himself. He is in the process of converting a part of the barn, last used for sheep, into a woodshop. He plans on making the bowls and selling them on the property. What a blessing to know he will be working near us and with us while he is preparing for his own future family.
Our homestead is not focused on the business aspect. We feel it necessary to center on hospitality, becoming stronger as a family in the Lord, and being lights to the world. My mom and I love to prepare food and make the house welcoming for visitors. With God’s help, we are getting better at extending hospitality for the purpose of physical rest and spiritual nourishment. For so long, our family was caught up in the temporal—public school, job in the office, activities here and there. Our family never devoted time for studying the Word together, taking time to bond and get to know one another, and work together. God has abundantly blessed us by providing the place and time for all of this. We are finally working together toward common goals. Our plan for a farm stand is not just to sell our produce, eggs, and crafts but also to expose neighbors in this community to Yahweh’s plan and purpose for this earth.
Our family is far from perfect. We all have many personal weaknesses to work on. God is very gracious for giving us this property to be stewards of it during this temporal life for Him. We pray we do all to His glory and work in the love of Christ. It is only with His strength that anything good comes from us for the benefit of others. We are so thankful to God for giving us an alternative to working individually out in the world for an income. My dad plans to soon retire and devote more of his time and energy to our “home business”. I pray for all other young women and those getting older who made the decision to work in the home. May we all strive to be like the women of God before us.