Many years ago, I studied Anne Ortlund’s ‘Disciplines of The Beautiful Woman’ We discussed Anne’s ideas at Ladies Bible studies and we decided that apart from a lot of good ideas for us being disciplined in our lives, she was off base regarding our priorities as women.
For our priorities are clear in God’s Word:
I believe that we should see any form of ministry outside the home as secondary to the ministry of Mother and Wife. If duties are in order at home and your husband is not feeling neglected then I believe you can then engage in outside ministry with a happy heart. Another thing too is that many women do not see the importance of their role as Mother and Wife and feel frustrated in not being able to participate in outside ministry.
God has placed us in our calling as wives and mothers simply by the fact that we are wives and/or mothers. We don’t have to be discontented looking for other ministries…we have our calling already. I think placing priorities outside the biblical order jeopardises our happiness in our homes and families.. and you can believe me, even service in ministry can be a lonely experience if you have lost those closest to you.
When you put God’s priorities in order, He is being served first, second, third, fourth and fifth. He is all in all and in everything you do. Anne is a little off key in my opinion. We need to invest MORE time in our marriages and families, not LESS… and to God will be all the glory when we raise happy children- the future warriors for the LORD and bearers of His name. Enjoy your calling Ladies, you are investing in eternal treasures.
© Glenys Robyn Hicks
I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. 1 Timothy 5:14