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.
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