Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Titus 2 Tuesday

Right Living
1.You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.  2. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
     3.Likewise, teach older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  4.Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5.to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. 
     6. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.
Titus 2: 1-6  NIV

A God Filled Life

Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine.  Guide older men into lives of temperance, dignity, and wisdom, into healthy faith, love and endurance.  Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness.  By looking at them the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives.  We don't want anyone looking down on God's Message because of their behavior.  Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives.  
Titus 2:1-6  
The Message
Titus 2 Tuesday is an opportunity to write about the women in your life that has been an encouragement to you.  Someone who has mentored and helped you grow as a women.  

What an awesome opportunity it is to be able to think on these things and bring up memories of women who have inspired and helped you along the difficult road called wife, mother, women.  

I was asked this very question one time.  Back when I was just really growing in Christ.  So, I guess I will talked about Kristi Longley she is younger in years than me but wiser in her walk with Christ and was a leader for me.  

She was the one who lead the bible study that brought me more healing than anything I have ever done in my life.  That was the Breaking Free bible study from Beth Moore.  She and her husband were a part of a group of teachers that moved to the town I was living in and they made a definite mark on the town and school for Christ.

The word was getting around the school that she was going to lead this bible study, and I knew that I knew, that I wanted to be in this group, yet she never asked me.  I kept finding my way to be around her, I would make eye contact with her.   I think she was only planning on fellow teachers being her bible study group.  I can understand that after all I was a Parent and parents can be the enemy of teachers.  One day I saw her at the local quick stop and I decided to take matters in my own hands and ask.  She had little choice but to say yes, "If you promise to be faithful and come to all the meeting"  she said.  I promised.  And I was.  

To be completely accurate I did miss a few, but I kept up with all my homework and the nights that I had to miss she let me borrow the video to watch at home.  Those times must have been God moments because those were the most cleansing, healing, wash me clean, crying my eyes out moments I had ever had with God.   I was healed.  Right then.  Right there.  

She asked one night on our way to a Beth Moore event who was the one women who influenced me most for Christ growing up?  The honest truth is I don't remember one.  My first moment of someone bringing me to Christ was Christ himself through the Holy Spirit.  Or maybe it was Pat Robertson.  I don't know, I live in the country at the time 15 miles from a town where I knew no one and 500 miles away from anyone I had ever known.  

I was hungry to change my life and I was seeking God.  I found Him on the 700 Club.  So Pat Robertson was the one who brought me to Christ.  

He was the first.  

Many women have followed.  

That will be next Tuesdays post.



Kelly's Ideas said...

Thank you. Lovely post.

Dawn Jenkins said...

Wow the last few lines...=) So few words but so much said!

Shanda said...

What a wonderful post! "Breaking Free" was a powerful study for me as well! I'm so glad Kristi encouraged you to do it!

Sorry I am just now getting to read and comment - we just arrived back from our Spring break! Thank you for joining in! I will look forward to next weeks!

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