Titus 2 Tuesday

3Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

A while back, I found myself confronted by a commenter who wanted to know how I, a mere pup (seriously, dude, I’m thirty-three, not eighteen), could possibly advise others on anything related to child-rearing. As my oldest is only eight, and I lack any well-raised people to show for my efforts, I’m well aware of my shortcomings in that area. The reader (if he had been paying attention) might have noticed that I blog heavily on the whys of motherhood, and very lightly indeed on the hows. The whys, I need less experience to impart, since they’re all very much accessible to anyone through scripture, observation, and contemplation.

The hows, I’m still working out. When I do have something, however, I’m always happy to share it. I don’t need to have one foot in the grave to be a Titus 2 woman, thankfully.  Paul didn’t say “Let the elderly women..” He said, “Let the older women…”

I simply need to be a step ahead of somebody, in order to take on that role for a less experienced woman. But there are many ladies who objectively deserve to be treated with the respect owed to the more accomplished among us. Since there are a number of wonderful older (some only slightly) Titus 2 women in the blogosphere from whose guidance I have benefited, and who do have some amazing grown or nearly-grown offspring to show for their years of faithful work, I’d like to spend my Tuesdays highlighting some of them.

Starting next Tuesday, and continuing until I run out of blogs to recommend, I’m going to embarrass spotlight one exemplary Christian mom each week every second Tuesday of the month who has inspired, taught, encouraged, or rebuked me into a better understanding of my role as wife, mother, and homemaker. I’ll be focusing on ladies who are unassailable in their character, who are definitely not addicted to much wine, and who teach what is good. These are the ladies who teach us the hows and the whys, and who have proven themselves over the years to be worthy of the title “teacher”. I hope you’ll enjoy the ladies I’ve picked as much as I do!

Titus 2 Tuesdays

At the end of each of these weekly posts, I will include a link-up, so that those of you who have blogs can share your own posts. There will be two rules:

  1. Your post must be related to our roles as wives, mothers, and homemakers. Topics can include advice, encouragement, recipes, sermonettes, or anything else you can think of that fits the theme. (Sorry, male readers. This linky is girls only.)
  2. Your post must include either the button I’ll include in next week’s post, or a link to my blog post for the week so that everyone can see that you’re linked up.

I hope you’ll link up and share your wisdom with the rest of us.You don’t need to be a seasoned mother to contribute. Don’t be shy. Everybody has something she knows and can share! You just need to be a step ahead of somebody. I’ve learned a lot from mothers younger than I am, who just happened to have some experience that I lacked, so don’t let that hold you back.

If you have blog posts, whether old or new, that might encourage or instruct other women, get your links ready. We’ll start next week!

Responses:

  1. Girl, you’ve got it going on! I KNOW this is going to be a blessing! God has given all moms great wisdom and insight into parenting – no matter how “old” or “young” they might be! Can’t wait to read these posts!! :0)

  2. Very smart! I can’t wait to read and sometimes wrote along. Love this idea :-)

  3. I’ve also heard the vs. explained as older meaning (spiritually mature) you wouldn’t want to learn from an older women just because of age, they could still be really foolish. But that aside you are so right in saying you are always a step ahead of someone and have something to offer, if we would come alongside others and share what we know what a difference would show in our churches and families. Keep up the sharing!!

    • Yes, ma’am. There are some older women who aren’t fit to train anybody in anything more spiritual than tying shoes–maybe not even that. We’ll ignore those. ;-)

  4. Fun idea. As soon as my brain can hold one coherent thought for any length of time (since my life is totally crazy at the moment), I’ll try to link up!

  5. Cindy, this is a great idea! And I agree that we can all learn from each other. One of the coolest things about homeschooling is learning to identify with people of all ages instead of just peers. You have a lot of wisdom and anyone who would suggest that you need to be tottering on the grave before you can give advice, needs to remember that he just made himself a hypocrite by giving that advice to you! I will look forward to reading these on Tuesdays!

    • I hope you’ll write a post or two. Slacker. ;-)

  6. What a great idea! Can’t wait to read the posts.

  7. Looking forward to this much needed ministry. I am very blessed to be in a like-minded, Gospel-centered church where this type of interaction is encouraged. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. I have met many younger women who desire godly council and direction and the older women are missing-in-action. None of us have “arrived” in our walk with Christ, but that is no excuse to not be available to encourage the brethren (or ‘sistern’ ,lol). Blessings.

    • I’m blessed to have several women in my church who are quite happy to tell me what I need to hear. :-)

  8. Sounds like a grand idea Cindy. I’m not a linky gal, but I know lots of ladies who feel that linky love, and you should have loads of fun with this. I’m lovin’ your Titus 2 button.

    • I’m not usually a linky gal, either, but something gave me a “nudge” in that direction yesterday. ;-)

  9. YEAH! This is gonna rock my face off!

  10. Woo Hoo!!!! *loud obnoxious clapping*
    Can’t wait!!!

  11. Great idea! I’ve been a reader for a few months now, and I love your posts (though, I don’t think I’ve ever commented). I look forward to next week! :-)

  12. Looking forward to the encouragement and the Godly examples. Would also like to note, that sometimes it isn’t necessarily an older woman who can impart wisdom in child rearing, but someone who has been at it longer. I have many good friends who are younger than me (35) by a couple years (say, 33?) but because they have had children for more years (my oldest is 5, so it isn’t unreasonable for someone to have teenagers even) I would certainly seek their advice in many different areas.

    • Well, yes, but I needed my intro to be short, so I didn’t say so. I have couple of younger ladies on my short list, too. :-D

  13. Sounds like a great idea, Cindy! I’ll try to remember to come link up! And I agree, all of us are older AND younger than others and should actively be ministering to others. I encourage my teen daughters that they are not just “the younger women.” They are older-women-in-training *and* they are older women *now*…to the younger girls in our congregation. It’s a blessing to watch them growing in this God-ordained role. My prayer is that my daughters’ generation will not suffer from the lack of Titus 2 women that my generation has.

  14. Yay for older (more experienced, more mature, life savvy) women stepping up to the challenge of mentoring the younger (less experienced, less mature, naive living) women!! I recently was called out on not doing the mentoring and I sure needed it! My excuse was that I was “too young” “didn’t know “enough”” “didn’t know where to start” but all of those are lame reasons, excuses. I’m a step ahead of plenty of mothers and wives, therefore, I’m called to share!! Thanks for repping some ladies out there stepping up, excited to see who encourages and inspires you.

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