The Fruit of Her Hands

by Jennifer on September 16, 2010 in Creativity, Faithfulness, Sewing


“Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”

-Proverbs 31:31

Is there anything so delightful as receiving a gift that is handmade? Before there were store bought socks, there were those that Grandma made, before there were store bought quilts, there were ladies that had painstakingly stitched every quilt square for that special someone’s wedding. Times have changed, but there is still nothing so dear as a lovely homemade treasure. Whether it is a freshly baked pie out of the oven, a handmade quilt, or even a hand stitched pillow case, nothing can compare with the tender love and care that goes into a special gift made with your own hands.

“She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight.” -Proverbs 31:13

“…So train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” -Titus 2:4-5

The Bible speaks of women working with their hands, so it must be of importance and it must render something inspiring to the feminine being….don’t you think?

Manufactured goods can never replace a special gift that is made by a beloved mother, sister or aunt, who has lovingly made it with her own hands. When Laura receives a treasured gift, it will be twice as dear if grandma made it. Special heirlooms might include a handmade cookbook, quilt, garment, apron, recipes, hand written letters, words of wisdom, garden tips, cleaning tips… which can all be passed down to future generations who will treasure them, Lord willing, for years to come.

These lost arts can all be learned. For those of you who are eager to learn some of these skills, you might seek out a noble woman in your church or community who could be a mentor to you. For those of you who are skilled in some of these arts, I would encourage you to look for teaching opportunities. I have fond memories of my first knitting lesson with an elderly godly lady from our church who graciously taught me the basics of knitting, over a hot cup of tea. These Titus 2 moments will forever be engraved in my heart.

So what is that special treasure that can be made with your own hands and offered to your dear family in love? May we be remembered as women who loved Christ, served others, and worked willingly with our hands.

Be inspired to bless your family & friends today!

-Miss Jen blogs at~ Blessed Femina


Living her dream of being a wife, mother and homemaker. Jen happily resides in sweet home Alabama. She firmly believes that the home is a beautiful canvas for biblical hospitality, servanthood and discipleship. All aspects of homemaking are on her list of interests including gourmet cooking, baking, calligraphy, sewing and embroidery. She is also inspired by photography, music, theology and biblical womanhood. Jen blogs at Blessed Femina, which she founded in the fall of 2008 to encourage other women in Biblical femininity. And is the artist/owner of Arabella Calligraphy. It is her greatest desire to live a life depicted in I Corinthians 10:31: "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

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Janet W. September 16, 2010

I started a Titus 2 homemaking class (Keepers of the Home)for 5 little girls ages 3-10 yrs. They are learning the basics of hand sewing right now and their first Proverbs 31 lesson was on Modesty.
The girls sat to tea while I explained what modesty meant and we practiced sitting like a lady in a chair, on a bar stool and on the floor.
Read all about it on

I’m so thankful for this blog and all of you who share. It gives confidence.


Yvonne September 16, 2010

Thanks for sharing this! It is unfortunate that so many women today are content to just run out at the last minute to purchase a gift for someone, rather than plan ahead and really put themselves into a special gift for someone.


Kalee September 16, 2010

I’m learning homemaking myself currently (so that when we have a daughter I am not hopeless at teaching her the skills). I’m a fairly good cook/baker but have never attempted my mama’s apple pie. So tonight, for my husband’s work picnic tomorrow, I am baking an apple pie completely from scratch.

And this Christmas is homemade Christmas. Because honestly, who needs another store bought thingamabob that they don’t really have a thing to do with?


Carmen at Old House Kitchen September 16, 2010

Great reminder! Thank you!
There is a dear lady at our church that quilts and crochets…two things I just can’t do. I have been praying for a long time that someone just right would come along and teach my girls how to do these things. One day my husband and I were visiting at her house and she showed us all of her beautiful artwork! We were chatting about those art forms and I mentioned that those were two things I just couldn’t do. A few weeks later she e-mailed and mentioned that she would love to teach the girls how to crochet and quilt. What a blessing!!


Anna September 16, 2010

With most of my family already having more than one of everything, this year I am tapping into one of my few skills and baking bread for everyone for Christmas this year.

I have to say that I have noticed, just as much as women are losing the skills to handmake things, society as a whole is also losing the ability to appriciate them.


Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years September 16, 2010

There is nothing that I love more than making a gift for someone that is totally unique and cannot be found in a store!

I love when my daughters watch me craft and my oldest will say, “Mommy, that’s so pretty!” By just that small observation, I hope that I am planting the tiny seed that she, too, can learn to give a gift from the heart – rather than a gift from the wallet!


Suzanne September 16, 2010

We,as a family try to make all our Christmas gifts handmade. I learned from my Nana knitting and sewing, my Mum never had much interest. What I didn’t learn from her I learned from books or from others. Did you know there is a guild for just about every handcraft…LOL! I learned bobbin lace making fromn a 75 year old woman I met at a lace making guild. Alot of elderly are willing to pass on handiwork skills if you look for them:-) It gives one alot of satisfaction to see a handmade sweater on my daughters:-)


Jo Smith September 16, 2010

My three-year-old daughter has a treasured home-made quilt. It is her special blanket that goes everywhere in the house with her. Thankfully it’s sturdy for washing!

I do think it’s important to broaden the understanding of “works of her hands,” as Ecclesiastes 9:10 surely doesn’t limit to knitting projects. I think you could paraphrase the Proverbs 31 verse to mean “reward her based on the effectiveness of her labors – allow her to enjoy the fruits of her own efforts.”

A missionary wife once impressed on me the importance of using modern conveniences wherever appropriate, because we have to make the most of our time. The days are evil. The gospel is spread by speech and the fruits of the Spirit, not necessarily by daily home-baked bread.

That said, home-baked bread is really yummy. 😀


Stacie September 16, 2010

This is a wonderful post. Just this morning I shared with my daughters something very dear to my heart. I showed them a little pink pllow my GrandMommy made me (God rest her soul). I loved that pink pillow so, that it is worn and tattered and has lost just about all of the stuffing inside.

It was my most favorite thing from a very young age all the way into my adult hood. Truthfully, I stopped sleeping with it when I was pregnant with our 2nd child, simply because it fell under the bed and I was too pregnant to fit between the wall and the bed to pick it up! (LOL)

But it was something made by hand, from the heart. My GrandMommy gave me my first introduction to crochet and I crochet often. It is a skill I hope to pass on to my daughters as well.

Handmade is where it’s at!!!
God bless!


kiley September 16, 2010

I found your blog through a friend’s link on Facebook! I’m starting to find much pleasure in creating things other than quilts with my hands. This fall, a close friend and I are making dolls for our girls with a scripture patch/blessing sewn on their tummies…an idea we’ve seen on the web. What a joy and treat it is to bless our girls in this way! So rewarding!!! Here is the link to my blog with a peek at the dolls, if you’re interested.


Anna September 16, 2010

I’ve only just begun to like giving homemade gifts (I agree with the other Anna that people don’t appreciate homemade things as much, for one reason or another). The trick is to find something small (you wouldn’t want to give a 100+hours sweater to someone who wouldn’t appreciate it), but substantial enough to tell the other person that you care.

Several weeks ago I made soap for the first time, and have since been enjoying passing it out to friends and acquaintances. Making soap is really a good deal; I figured that my cost was about 15 cents a bar, and it took me around 3 hours to make (I used a no-fuss tough-love crock-pot recipe). It makes the perfect gift because 1) it gets used and doesn’t clutter up the house, 2) you don’t have to worry about it being gluten-free, 3) it can be given to men, women, and children, and 4) people aren’t going to return it because it doesn’t match the bathroom decor. It’s not a burden to the recipient, but it lets them know that I am thinking of them in a personal way.


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