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The day after I wrote my last post, my verses for the day’s study were from Titus 2 where it talks about older women training younger women. I felt a pang of disappointment at not having this type of relationship. Even though I am choosing to trust God’s timing, it’s still difficult and has not removed my longing for this type of relationship. I thought I’d share my devotional for that day so that you can see what my personal study looks like.
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, and to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Older women are instructed to actively encourage/teach/mentor younger women. Even in my thirties, I am considered an older woman to those in their teens and twenties. My five-year-old daughter is probably watching me to help establish her identity as a girl and learn what it means to be a woman, wife and mother. This means I should be very aware of how I present myself and represent Biblical womanhood.
Even though I can be an example for some, I still desire to have an older, wiser woman help me to be a better wife, mom and Christ-follower. My mother lives far away so it is harder to have this type of mentoring relationship with her. I know that God can develop all of these traits in me on his own, but I desire community and relationships with others and I still struggle.
I think that’s the detriment of our mobile society. It’s harder to establish and maintain close relationships. Many people live away from their families which removes them from having built-in community and support Humans were made for relationships. It’s how we grow and thrive. Family will always be there – you can’t get rid of them (good or bad). Friendships tend to be more delicate, vulnerable to time and distance.
Lord, I am trying to trust you with my needs and relationships. I struggle so much in this area of close relationships. I don’t know exactly what I desire but I know that you know what I need. You love me and will provide at the proper time. Amen.