Friday, 15 January 2016

PASSING ON THE BATON OF GODLY WOMANHOOD




When I was a young woman of 25 with 4 children under 5 years of age, I sometimes felt that my life was boring and that I could be doing something more valuable with my life than “just housekeeping” and looking after babies!

My girl-friends were still single or had no children, and their lives seemed far more interesting and exciting than mine. I had been married at 16 years of age, straight from the schoolroom to the nursery, and I felt old before my time. That restlessness of adolescence still hung over my life like a cloud that robbed me of my joy.

Now I did love my babies and I did like keeping house, but there was something missing from my life- a sense of joy and purpose. It was a difficult and unpleasant place to be in- and being there made me feel guilty because I felt I wasn’t a good mother by feeling like that.

My youngest baby turning 2 was a turning point in my own life, for my loved Aunt died of liver cancer at that time, and for the first time in my life, I seriously questioned God, eternity, sin and where I would be if I were to die. From this sad time, I turned to Jesus and acknowledged all my past mistakes, sin and miserable thoughts. I literally felt re-born!

I started going to church and was blessed by being discipled by some older lovely women. They shared with me the high calling of being a Christian wife, mother and homemaker, and as they shared with me, I observed their lives. They were fulfilled, productive and happy wives, mothers and homemakers. I came to see the role that God had called me in was the role which suited me best and is what I believed, and still believe, to be the choice role in life.

Almost immediately, my life took on new meaning and my family benefitted from this in my increased patience, diligence, nurturing and joyfulness. Not only was I born-again and a child of God, but I literally glowed in my new-found purpose in life. I fell in love with my children all over again and then gradually became a truly submissive wife.

Thirty-eight years later, I thank the women who lived as Titus 2 women, and taught me the value of marriage, motherhood and homemaking. By obeying God and living the Word, they have passed on the baton of godly womanhood and blessed me. My prayer is that older sisters in the LORD take the Word of God seriously and become zealous teachers of the younger women. Only through them obeying the Word can the younger sisters be taught His Ways, and become true blessings to their husbands and families.

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour 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.” Titus 2: 3-5

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