Monday, March 2, 2009

Blog Party Post -- Spiritual Encouragement

What is your favorite or life verse?

That is the question Michelle started us off with for today's Titus 2 Blog Party post.

Actually, my life verses are Titus 2:3-5: "The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things--that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed." NKJV

Ever since I discovered those verses (back around 1989 or so), I have devoted my life to loving my husband, loving my children, and being a keeper at home. As I've gradually become an "older woman", I have looked for every opportunity to teach these principles to the younger women that God brings across my path. I believe that I can teach these principles through modeling, mentoring, writing and speaking.

I also love the Proverbs 31 passage. It is one of my favorite passages in the Bible, and I believe there is a wealth of wisdom in those verses. I hope to explore this passage in depth in some future blog posts.

Nearly twenty years ago I wanted a theme verse for our homeschool, and chose Philippians 2:14-16. As I read this passage again today, I was convinced that there was no better passage to communicate my goals for homeschooling our children. I really like the wording of this verse best in the New American Standard Version of the Bible, although I generally prefer to use the KJV or NKJV.

"Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain." -- Philippians 2:14-16 NASB

Of course, I have many other favorite verses, the ones that I turn to again and again for comfort, but these passages have been especially important to my life.


Michelle said...

Okay, those are so great! Thank you

Buildeth Her House said...

You're blog is so inspirational. I'm really enjoying my visit here. It's always nice to meet other moms who have I'll be following you're blog.

Living In Grace said...

What a beautiful picture of all your children! It is so good to take a moment to think about how the bible does and should influence us in our lives. My husband and I have based our marriage off of Proverbs 3:5-6. We are still seeking him and trying to find the path He has for us.
Thank you for your encouragement through your blog. I am enjoying reading your posts.
I am so glad you refrenced Titus 2. That passage has meant so much to me lately. I have come to realize how much the church has backed away from encouraging woman to be homemakers and how badly we as woman need to turn our attention back to our homes and families.

Lainie said...

Well said! I once heard Inge Cannon say that we are all an older woman to someone. I try to instill that in my daughters toward their younger sisters.

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