“But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.” Titus 2:1
Titus 2 is full of wise instruction. It speaks of our roles as women, wives, and mothers (it also speaks to men but I’ll leave that for a man to discuss), it speaks of our responsibility as believers in an unbelieving world.
I’ve had another week to think and pray about why I’d like to be there. I’m still praying that the Lord would make it clear whether this is His will or my desire.
So I went back to reread the scripture, to read what God is telling me through Titus 2 (the whole thing not just the first verse).
Titus 2(NASB) “But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be tempterate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved by much wine, teaching what is good, 4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God would not be dishonored. 6 Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; 7 in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, 8 sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us. 9 Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect. 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. 15 These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.”
My desire to be there comes from the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded women who have been walking a path similar to mine, veterans, you might call them. I want to glean wisdom from the “been-there-done-that” women of verse 3. I want to be encouraged along the road God has me… in the season I need it most. I realize that while I am a “younger woman” I am also an “older woman” to some and I am called to encourage and build in to the lives of the women God puts in my path.
What does it have to do with a blogging/homeschooling conference?
Verses 11-14 give me instruction for living under God’s grace. Living with the hope given by Christ alone. I want to be sure to use any opportunity He gives me to speak to others to faithfully point back to Him. Sometimes that may be through my words but I pray it is always through my life and actions.
I don’t write a “religious” blog, or a “homeschool” blog, or a”craft” blog, or a “foodie” blog, or “grief” blog.
However, my faith defines my life, our home is also a school, I seek to work with my hands often, I enjoy nourishing my family through meals made at home, and I am a mom who has buried an infant.
I want to be sure that before I embrace verse 15 that I am grounded in His word and will. Maybe He’ll use the 2:1 Conference to help me with that.