If you’re a Christian woman, you’ve heard about Titus 2.
Probably more than once.
While not quite as annoying as Proverbs 31 as far as the intimidation level goes, most of us know that Titus 2 contains a list of things we’re supposed to be doing. But we might not really know what exactly is on that list. Plus we all already have plenty of to-do lists, thankyouverymuch.
I think that’s a problem. Take a look at these verses …
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. Titus 2:3-5
Wow. I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few months thinking about why it is that I blog, and what it is I’m supposed to be focusing on and talking about. When I read these verses recently, the answer to that question seemed suddenly very clear!
Like it or not, the fact remains at this point that I’m an “older woman.” I mean, I guess we’re all older … than someone. But having been married nearly twenty years and raising eight children, I’m definitely in the older category now. And according to these verses, that means I’m supposed to be encouraging the younger ones. To do what?
- to love their husbands
- to love their children
- to be sensible
- to be pure
- to be workers at home
- to be kind
- to be subject to their own husbands
And why? “So that the word of God will not be dishonored.”
If I was looking for a good reason to obey a directive, that would be it.
So … I’ve been planning and writing and making calls and plotting some more. And I have come up with what I think is going to be a very fun idea: a Titus 2 University, if you will!
This special members-only series will launch in January. My plan is to have a phone call you can listen in on around the end of the month where I’ll give an overview of what I believe God wants us to focus on and a bit about what it’s going to look like. I’ve got seven months of goodies planned, each month focusing on one of those topics above, and then another to wrap it up for a total of nine months of “classes.” Those who want to take part can sign up for a membership which will automatically send along a weekly email giving you access to the newest information. Each month will include one audio session teaching/Bible study on that month’s topic by me; one downloadable checklist, guide, e-book, or printable; one recorded interview with a specialist on that topic, and one more item which I won’t nail myself down to yet. There will also be a way for you to submit your own specific questions you’d like help with, so we can come alongside you in your walk as a mom!
So far, my interview list includes Cindy Rushton of Mom to Mom Radio Show and the Ultimate Home School Expo, as well as Sally Clarkson , founder of MomHeart Ministries and author of many wonderful books on motherhood. The lineup also includes Mrs. Debbie Austin, my fabulous pastor’s wife: Meet Miss Debbie!; Kristen Kill, my dear friend from MomHeart, who mothers four young ones in the heart of New York City and blogs at Hope With Feathers; Christin Slade, who blogs at Joyful Mothering, and the founder of a fun new site for moms called The Better Mom, Ruth Schwenk. The list is literally growing by the moment at this point! So one thing’s for sure: we’re going to have a great time! I’m expecting to add other fun monthly guests as we go along.
I hear from lots of moms who say they need some encouragement in their day to day lives. I know I need to be sharing my heart with other moms and hearing what they’ve learned in their own time with God. We’re all busy, and it’s hard to find time even for a phone call most days! Hopefully, this can be a tool the Lord will use to draw us all closer to Him and to our families as we endeavor to be the wives, mothers, and friends He’s called us to be. Make sure to subscribe to my email list so you don’t miss the announcement when we’re ready to get started! And please pass along the link to this page on facebook or twitter. I hope you’ll join us!