One of the hardest jobs on earth is being a homemaker. It’s so easy to get caught in the spin cycle of diapers, dishes, and laundry…and forget that service to our family is holy worship.
Paul urged Titus to instruct the older women to teach the young wives and mothers how to be godly housewives – proof that this is not a character trait we are born with, rather it must be instilled in us.
This is a 10-part series – an in-depth look at Paul’s words to Timothy and how we can apply them to our own lives to build godly homes…
To be keepers at home!
They had moms
and mothers-in-law close by that could help with the kids. Free
babysitting. They could go out with their husbands for hours at a time –
all day if they wanted.
I ask myself: why did Titus feel he had
to instruct the older women to admonish the younger women to love their
husbands and children?
That sort of seems odd.
Of course we love our
husbands and children! I don’t know a wife or mother who doesn’t love
their husband and children.
I admit, there are times when I am a little shocked at what women share on social media, in public circles…in mixed company.
I have read Facebook posts of women talking about how many times they’ve been to the bathroom in a day…their monthly cycles…
“A man’s eyes are automatically pulled to where the skin line and clothing line meet. So, if you don’t want a man’s eyes to go there, don’t place the skin/clothing line there.”
This is a statement I probably heard 100 times growing up.
Homemaking. Wow. Now there’s a word that is met with a lot of emotion.
It’s a term that is conjures up images
of June Cleaver and often causes feelings of inadequacy.
Am I a good wife?
Am I a good mom?
This is a question that I believe continually plagues every wife and mom.
And the quest to be a “good” wife and
mom often leads to competition battles and lists that define what we
believe a good wife and mom to be. Debates over these issues of whether
good wives and moms:
There are times when scripture flies in
the face of modern culture and opinion. And there are times when we
want to chalk up certain verses to “cultural difference”.
There is no better example of this than the verses that deal with submission and the woman’s role in marriage.
Subordination. Submission. Obedience.
These are not words often found in the
vocabulary of a modern woman. In fact most modern women are taught to
reject such ideals. They are equal to men. They are liberated and free
I find this verse in Titus 2 so very
fascinating. Every word is rich and full of meaning. But this part of
the verse I find particularly interesting, deep, and profound.
“That they admonish the young women to…be…obedient to their own husbands.” Titus 2:4-5
As I dove into the short, 2-verse passage, it became increasingly clear to me that I have a lot of growth to do. It is so easy to talk about what the Bible says about submission and respecting our husbands as the head of the home, but putting it into regular practice requires great discipline of heart, mind and tongue.