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!
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:
- 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.)
- 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!