As a Christian wife and mother, I spend a good bit of my time researching what is best for my family in regards to their health, schooling, and spiritual growth. I can spend hours at a time perusing blogs about parenting and ideas for managing large families. Sometimes I look into how I can become a better wife and best live out the Titus 2 model given to us in scripture. Can anyone else relate?
While these are all good and very needful things, sometimes they take my eyes off of the One who matters most of all. When I do that, I’m very much in danger of turning my family into an idol!
Our families are beautiful and wonderful gifts that The Lord has given to us. We are to cherish them and hold them in very high esteem. But Someone else must come first.
Within our families we can truly glorify God by pointing to Him in all that we do. Believe me, this can sometimes be plain hard! But we must keep pressing on for Him, and when we realize that God comes first our family life will begin flourishing! What are some ways that this can be accomplished?
- Stay in the Word. This is so important mommas! God’s Word is our lifeline. This is how the Lord really speaks to us. Realize that Bible study might look different as we walk our own separate journeys. That is okay (and expected!), but we must always make time to read the Bible. Some days I might awaken late, and then need to tend to my children immediately. On those days, I try to add a bit more Bible reading to our school day. This doesn’t always happen, but that is the goal.
- Family Devotion Time. Unfortunately, this can be a daunting task! For our family, the children usually take turns reading portions of a Bible chapter, and then dad expounds on it. We also open up the floor for any questions and discussion.
- Pray. I admit, sometimes I have the wrong attitude in regards to prayer. It is so easy to think that God is sovereign, and His purposes will be fulfilled whether I pray or not, so why bother. I forget that, “The LORD is near to all them that call on Him, to all that call on Him in truth.” (Psalms 145:18) I want to grow near to God, and prayer is necessary for this to happen.
- Keep the right perspective in regards to Titus 2. Ladies, this is so, so, important! The Titus 2 mandate to love our husbands, love our children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, and obedient to our husbands is crucial, but we cannot look to be these things apart from Christ! We must remember that we are doing these things to glorify our Lord, “so the Word of God is not blasphemed.” I am currently reading an excellent book called Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney. She truly does a wonderful job putting our calling into perspective.
|Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and MotherBy Carolyn Mahaney / Crossway Books & BiblesDo you long to grow as a wife and mother? Experience the transforming truths of Titus 2 with Mahaney as your guide! Providing the warm support of a good friend, she helps you become a blessing to your family by encouraging you to practice seven virtues of a godly woman. Foreword by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.|
We cannot expect to become a Titus 2 woman without the hand of God in our life. We really must seek Him in all things to become the ladies that the Lord wants us to be.
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