At the Well - Titus 2:2-5


Gathering At the Well

This is my first time to join in on "Gathering At the Well". I've been reading posts from others that participate in this weekly meme for awhile now and decided it was finally time for me to jump in and join the others meeting "At the Well" each week.

The topic for today comes from the passage of scripture found in Titus 2:2-5. The scripture reads like this....

"Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips, nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 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, that the word of God may not be dishonored."

Wow! What an important bit of scripture for us as women to read and to understand! So much of how we should live and communicate with our world is contained in these words. My thoughts on a few aspects are contained below as I answer the discussion questions for this week.

How do you see this playing out in your own life?

I see myself, really, falling into both the categories of the younger women and the older women. I'm in that "middle aged" category... I feel that I still have so much that I can learn from women older than me that have been married longer, raised their children to adult ages and walked with the Lord longer than I. On the other hand, I have learned so much that I can share with women younger than myself. I really feel the Lord calling me to be an encourager to others in their walk with with the Lord. I think acting in the part referred to in this passage as "the older woman" fits with that calling that I am hearing right now.

What are your areas of strength? Of weakness?

Oh, my... weaknesses! :) I'm not the best "worker at home".. at least not when it comes to tasks that revolve around housework. And, unfortunately, I do suffer at times with my attitude. When life isn't going the way I want it to go, when I am struggling, when I am tired. I don't present the attitude of kindness and I'm very sure that I dishonor God on these days. I'm learning more and more to just turn it over to God. What a difference it makes to let Him take all that "bad stuff" away and replace it with the "good stuff".

I think my strengths probably lie in the areas of encouragement and, maybe, teaching. The teaching (at least publicly) scares me... at least with adults. I'm fine with children and do teach a children's Sunday School class, but the teaching of adults is WAY out of my comfort zone. However, I'm finding that opportunities are coming my way that could possibly lead more and more in this direction. I'm also learning there are many ways to teach besides in a classroom setting which does interest me very much. We'll see..... God has a way of bringing us right out of our comfort zones and guiding us in a way that takes out all the uncomfortableness.

If you could set some sort of goal in relation to this Scripture, what would it be?

Oh, most definitely to be more cheerful as I go about the tasks at home! This can be such an area of weakness for me and I truly want to do it joyfully. I want to go about my days in this area -- and all parts of my life -- with a true joy. The kind of joy that can only be found in the Lord.

I also want to make it a goal to always be open to whatever it may be that the Lord is trying to teach me or a direction in which He may be leading. Regardless of how I feel about it (scared, unworthy, opposed, etc), I want to be open to His leading and always willing to follow.

To join us "At the Well" this week, visit At the Well... In Pursuit of Titus 2.

9 Thoughts Shared:

Sweet Blessings said...

Love it! What a blessing to be honest with our weaknesses and strengths. God uses them all! I'll have to look into this meme:) Here's something I wrote a while back just starting the blogging journey:
Monday blessings to you!

lori said...

It's funny, my mom told me the other day that I'm in a unique stage of life...I have older women who want to lead me and minister to me and that younger girls still see me as contemporary and are willing to learn from me....That's a neat thought..I'd never thought of that...
It's great you are joining us on the journey...

Laurie Ann said...

Melanie, I am so glad you joined us At the Well! I think I fall into both categories and that we all do, no matter what our age. We have so much to teach and so much to learn. Loved loved loved your post, sistergirl!

Sab said...

That is such a wonderful post. I need to take a look at myself in a few things too. I really need to stop complaining about certain things so much.

Joyfull said...

Welcome to At the Well! I'm sure you will add encouragement and blessing to those gathered there! I love the explanation of being in the middle, what a great place to be - learing and sharing! Loved your answers.

Joyfull said...

Sorry if this is a repeat, had to sign in etc. I enjoyed your At the Well post today! What a great place to be as a Titus 2 women, learning from others and sharing what you have learned. May God bless you as you continue to serve Him.

Patty Wysong said...

I'm right in the middle too, and it really cracks me up that younger women think of me as an older woman. I want to say, 'Sweetie, if you only knew!' But God has us here at this point in our lives for a reason--and I doubt it's for us to stay tucked in our comfort zone. That thought often scares me silly!

I'm so glad you're joining us At the Well!!

Tonya said...

Hey Melanie..

I hadn't heard of this meme, but think it's GREAT! What a cool topic to hop in on!! *A hard one too.. but hey, GOD'S WORD (and Person) doesn't change.. it's the same yesterday, TODAY, and FOREVER! Amen??


Tereasa said...

Cheerfulness... what a wonderful goal!