Thursday, August 03, 2006
Train the Younger Women

I wasn't brought up in the church and have no Christian background before becoming a Christian through reading the Bible at the age of 17. Since then, I have learned a lot about God, his Word and about the Christian life, through my Bible, preaching at church and through the patient teaching and guidance of more mature Christians.

As I now approach a stage in my life where the desire for biblical womanhood has been impressed so strong upon my heart and as I prepare, I hope, to become a wife and a mother, it brings into sharp focus yet again how little I know.

God knows this though and has continually provided for me in this. I have been so blessed in the families and older women that he has put into my life to guide me, admonish me, and encourage me through their example, their prayers and their teaching. This has not been done in a formal way but through their friendship and their investment in time and effort in my life.

I wonder though whether this should be made more formal. I was really encouraged to read How Christian Women Can Mentor and Be Mentored by Kelley Mathews when it arrived in my inbox this week. Perhaps I should be more purposeful in how I meet with these more mature women as I actively try to be become a godly woman.

This also gives another challenge to me: I am an older woman too and it is a command given equally to me! Okay, I am just 25 but, to my surprise, there are younger women who come to me with the same desire to mentored and to be guided. In my meetings and friendships with these young women seeking to be women after God's heart, I will try to use this guidance to benefit these girls and to make our time together more fruitful.

I'd be interested to hear how this works for others. Any advice on what to do and what to avoid? Any encouragement from this in your own lives?

Older women...are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
Titus 2:3-5

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