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Old, Young, or Somewhere In Between? September 19, 2014

Filed under: Christian Living,christian women,women's ministry — Laura @ 12:09 pm
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HOW TO FEEL OLD

  1. Have a baby at age 43.
  2. When baby is one, take baby to park on a weekday morning.
  3. Observe yoga pants clad mommies nimbly chasing and playing with their babies.
  4. Count their wrinkles…. count your own.  Sigh.
  5. Wonder if the “Mom or Grandma?” look in their eyes is better or worse than the “Fat or Pregnant?” look you received last year at this time.
  6. Try not to grunt as you pick up your baby’s sippy cup for the 10th time.
  7. Make eye contact with one pretty young mommy and ask how old her child is.
  8. Notice the tired look in her eyes as she answers “11 months.” (Translation:  “The longest 11 months of my life!”)
  9. Blow your cover, and answer the “Mom or Grandma?” look by letting her know that you have a grown child and two teens.
  10. Smile and tell her to enjoy these days because it goes so quickly.
  11. Smile again when she says, “Really?”  You know that it seems to her that the days and nights can be so long.

HOW TO FEEL YOUNG

  1. Have a baby at age 43.
  2. When baby is one, take baby to grocery store EARLY on a weekday morning.
  3. Observe comfy-shoes glad grandmothers and grandfathers slowly walking the aisles trying to remember what they are looking for.
  4. Count their wrinkles…count your own.  Smile.
  5. Notice the nostalgic look in their eyes as they smile sweetly at your baby.
  6. Offer to get the green beans from the top shelf for the sweet little lady smiling at your baby.
  7. Make eye contact with her as she says “She is beautiful.  Is she your first?”
  8. Admit that, no you have three older children, one in her twenties.
  9. Smile when she says “Oh honey!  You look like you are in your twenties yourself!” Remind yourself that the eyes are often the first to go.
  10. Wonder at the serious note in her voice when she looks pointedly at you and says “I bet you are enjoying every moment,” almost as if it is a command.
  11. Assure her, that, yes, you are, because you know that it goes so quickly.
  12. Appreciate her wisdom when she tells you “It certainly does.  Faster every year.”  She knows all too well that the days and nights seem so long, but the years can be so short.  She also knows that her dim eyes see the passage of time far more clearly that your younger eyes do.

HOW TO APPRECIATE THE IN-BETWEEN

  1. Accept and enjoy this “middle age” that God has given you along with all your unique circumstances and experiences.
  2. Thank Him for always knowing what will bring you joy and for His sufficiency.
  3. Pray that God allows you to be that middle-aged lady, and, in later years, that little old lady, that will always encourage younger women to enjoy what God has placed in their hands at that moment.
  4. Even though you are neither very young, nor very old, but somewhere in between, remember that His timing is always perfect, and that every day has at least one gift that can be enjoyed from any perspective.

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, {Titus 2:3-4 KJV}

I’m a Believer!

Laura

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A Titus 2 Woman? July 22, 2008

I came across At The Well a day late, but couldn’t resist posting on one of my favorite topics.  It’s my first linky thingy post…

The topic was “What does being a Titus 2 woman mean to you?”

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.  ~Titus 2:1-5

As I consider the passage in Titus 2, I can say that up until recently I feel like I was on the receiving end of this scripture.  Early in my Christian walk (16  years ago) the Lord gently placed me in a church full of mature Christian women of sound doctrine.  I was graciously taught by the Word and by the actions of these ladies what a woman of God should look like.  These women were teachers of good things; their behavior was holy.  They weren’t given to ANY wine!  They spoke tenderly and kindly, even about difficult subjects and difficult people.  I tried to learn as they taught me to be serious about the things of God.  I watched as they loved their husbands and their children in ways I hadn’t known I was supposed to and in ways I wasn’t sure I was capable of.  As they graciously invited me into their homes, I was intimidated (translate: challenged) sometimes by their discretion, chastity, hospitality, and housekeeping!  I couldn’t believe the word “obedient” was used in the Bible regarding a husband and wife relationship.  😮 I saw them honor the Word of God in what they said and did.  Were they perfect?  I don’t THINK so…but they showed me that it is possible, with God’s power to really LIVE this Christian life!

I’m now 16 years down the road on my Christian walk.  I have a birthday tomorrow, and I’m rapidly heading towards the “aged women” category.  I am so far from perfect it is not even funny, but everything I was taught by these women of God has stayed with me.  I’ve tried to allow God to work in me so that my behavior has changed and is more becoming of holiness.  I desperately want to teach good things to other women and to my daughters (who will one day be women).  I have a deep desire for other women to have an understanding of Biblically loving their husbands and having a submissive heart with regard to their marriages.  I’m finding new ways to love my children every day.  Discretion and housekeeping…still weak spots for me, but I’m trying to be “good.”  I hold the Word of God in highest regard.  I’m always amazed at the depth and yet the simplicity of God’s plans for me.  I pray that one day something I have learned will be passed down to another young lady who is trying to figure out what it means to be a woman of God. 

As I’ve written this, I’ve realized that a true Titus 2 woman will turn out more Titus 2 women…wow!

For more entries on this topic, head on over to Joyfully Living for His Glory!

I’m a Believer!

Laura