Recently I've been reading a book called "Feminine Appeal: 7 Virtues of a Godly Woman" and one of the chapters is about the Proverb 31 woman. The author, Carolyn Mahaney, talks about how we are to "manage our households". In the Greek, this literally means "to be the ruler, despot, or master of the house". She goes on to explain that it is "our job to manage our homes". Here's a quote from the book:
This calling from God is not intended to be a burden but rather a great source of fulfillment and joy. Even if we do not think of ourselves as administrators, as organized or capable of managing anything,and although we may not be as gifted as...the woman in Proverbs 31, God has equipped each of us with the skills we need to efficiently manage our homes.
Okay, so the question I have for you is this: If we are to be managers of our homes, does that mean we should be paying the bills?
I know there's a lot of controversy about this but in light of this analysis of the Proverb 31 woman, I say yes! This doesn't mean our husbands are to be clueless in the financial aspects of the home. He should be the overseer, and we should be the ones who take care of all the practical aspects of bill paying. In my house, it's really hard for my husband to sit down and pay the bills. Even writing the checks out is hard for him. But he does a great job of balancing the account and budgeting.
How about you? Do you see it differently? I'm curious since I've put this question in front of my friends, it's interesting to see how people view this aspect of the Proverb 31 woman.