Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Life Verse

Do you have a Life Verse?  A passage that God has impressed on your heart that has helped to guide you and shape your life??  If so, what is it?

My life verses, ever since 1990, have been Titus 2:3-5:

"The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior 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."  (KJV)

 The Amplified version sheds light on these verses by translating them this way:

"Bid the older women similarly to be reverent and devout in their deportment as becomes those engaged in sacred service, not slanderers or slaves to drink.  They are to give good counsel and be teachers of what is right and noble, so that they will wisely train the young women to be sane and sober of mind (temperate, disciplined) and to love their husbands and their children, to be self-controlled, chaste, homemakers, good-natured (kindhearted), adapting and subordinating themselves to their husbands, that the word of God may not be exposed to reproach (blasphemed or discredited)."

This pivotal passage has given me direction and helped to shape my life for over twenty years.  It has guided many decisions about how I would spend my time, my days, my life.

I started off trying to follow this verse as a young woman, intent on following God's blueprint for my life by loving Him, loving and honoring my husband, loving and training my children, and managing my home.  I was challenged to live wisely and to make sure my choices brought honor, not dishonor, to God and my husband.  I found this to be more than a full time job!!

Today, I find myself still trying to pattern my life after this key passage, but now from the perspective of the older woman.  Not quite sure how it happened that I transitioned from one to the other, but I think it is safe to say that I'm now on the other side!  ;)  While I'm still striving to love and honor God and my husband, to manage my home, and to spend much of my days (and nights!)  loving/teaching/coaching/encouraging/helping my children and young adults, I also find that I am now branching out beyond the walls of my home to minister more to the women around me.  I love encouraging younger women in the spirit of Titus 2, and find that the internet greatly facilitates this process.  One of my goals for this blog is to encourage the young women who read it to love their husbands, love their children, and keep their homes, all to the glory of God.

Tomorrow, I plan to share more about how this passage has shaped my priorities, my goals, and my daily habits over the years.

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Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing this! Sometimes I question my place in society being a stay-home Mom, I really needed this today.

Andi said...

Luke 10-27 This verse was the theme for our VBS several years ago. I have buttons and a song to go with it! It has been easy for the kids to memorize and understand. We started a kids' FB ministry called Mezuzah that is based on this verse. It definately sums up how we try to live for Christ each day.

tlmalcolm said...

As a young teacher I remember thinking how can I possibly tell these parents how to best help their children and the best methods for raising their them. Now as a mature mom, grandma and teacher I realize that at times I'm more valuable to the young moms and dads because of my experiences as a mom. My life's work has been to raise children. They havent' always been my own but in helping these young parents I've raised up quite a few children:) And our job as a mom is very important as we are helping to guide the future. So never ever under estimate its importance!!

Katie said...

Thanks for this! I look forward to tomorrow's post. :)

Julie said...

God gave me Galatians 6:9 last year. "Let us not become weary in going good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

My 3rd child is a challenge. She is beautiful, smart, sweet and loving but also is angry, somewhat OCD and has perfection issues that causes major disruptions for our family.

I often feel like giving up, but His word reminds me to keep going ... that at HIS PROPER TIME we (myself. my hubby. my child.) will reap a harvest if we(I. ME. US) DO NOT GIVE UP!

Thank GOD for HIS promises!!!

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