“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.” -Titus 2:3-5
Mothers who have traveled the journey of parenthood from babe to adult. Older mothers enjoying the company of grandchildren. Mothers who have cooked, sewn, managed a household, been married, home educated, danced in flowers with their children, kissed skinned knees, helped their husbands, rocked sleeping babes, nursed and nourished their infants, mopped, cleaned bathrooms, made their husband dinner, and prayed for their family.
Where are you?
Have you left us who are new to this utter giving up of self? Are we to struggle to do what we are called to do without guidance? Do you laugh and say “pay back” when our children display our own sinful attitudes from childhood and then walk away?
We need you.
As younger mothers struggling to pursue God’s calling for us it leads to an overwhelming feeling that nothing else can compare to. We are tired. We struggle with attitudes and we lose hope. Our lives are filled with physically exhausting activities and throwing in the towel just isn’t an option.
If you see us at church stop us and ask us how we are doing. Guide us gently, in love, and encourage us as the above passage asks you to. We don’t want to lose our way but it is so hard to stay on the straight and narrow path when all of life is tempting us to take on the world. Remind us to put away the world and to focus on our little kingdoms: our husband, our children, and our homes.
Don’t be afraid.
Unsolicited advice has been given a bad rap. We get that. But sometimes we are afraid to speak up. We need your wisdom to flow into our listening ears. We desire to know what worked for you and why. We are on a crash course of parenting that no training during childhood could have prepared us for. Learning by doing is how we operate.
Don’t give up.
Some of us young mommies may seem to bristle when you offer your words of wisdom. We are not all like that. I promise. Some of us do have teachable hearts that are willing and waiting to hear what you have to say. We want to learn from you. Yours hugs and coffee time teaching moments keep us going and let us know that there is a reason for why we do what we do.
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