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While too many words are dying off and the younger generations (including myself) have no idea what they mean, new words are continually invented. "Femivore" is an example of a new word. Do you choose to stay at home to raise and educate your children? Do you enjoy raising animals to be consumed for food? Do you grow a garden and preserve your produce for the winter months? Assuming you're a believer, then perhaps you could be labeled a Christian "fermivore." Seems like it's a secular twist on the Proverbs 31 woman.
"The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy." Proverbs 31:11-20I'm afraid I'm not a femivore as my husband is the gardener and the hunter in our family. I harvest my meat at the the local grocery store. And I have been known to kill both cactus plants and bamboo. Once the produce is ripe I can handle them from there. Okay, well, he does the canning too. I'm blessed with a talented husband.
Does anyone else feel a bit inadequate when reading the job description of the Proverbs 31 wife? When did this lady sleep? Did she have a nanny for her children? I struggle to get myself fed, dressed and presentable when caring for a baby.