Tuesday, July 31, 2007

What Kind Of A Mother Are You?

Titus 2:4-5 "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."

Every Christian should desire God's will for their life. We as mothers need to see God's will done in our lives as well. Our children (especially our daughters) are looking at us as an example of what they should be and should become.

God is very specific in Titus with listing what His will is for us. He uses words like "discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands." Do these words describe or characterize you? God says they should so the "word of God be not blasphemed."

discreet...having or showing discernment or good judgment in conduct and especially in speech.

chaste....pure in thought and act.

keepers at home...to take care of; to maintain in a good, fitting or orderly condition; to continue to maintain. (God says we are to do this AT home...He does not say "keepers OF THE home" but "keepers AT home").

obedient....submissive to the restraint or command of authority; willing to obey. God says to be obedient to OUR OWN husbands. Many are more obedient to other women's husbands than they are their own.

The world is good at putting ungodly influences before our daughters. You can look on the magazine racks at the grocery store and see these kind of examples in Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. The examples that the world is putting before our daughters eyes is totally opposite of God's Word. Do those women have a lifestyle that portrays Christ and the life of a happy and content lifestyle? Absolutely not!! Each one of those I've mentioned have either been to jail, hooked on drugs and/or alcohol and have been divorced. Hollywood has helped to destroy these girls' lives and now they are influencing our daughters.

In the book of Ruth there is a wonderful illustration of a mother who came back to God. It also shows us a young lady who followed her example. Ruth ended up becoming the grandmother of a king. I'm sure Naomi's example helped make this possible.

We need to teach our children God's way of doing things and set the example for them. Our children need to have opportunity to become children of the King. If we fail to set the example...we have simply failed!!

25 comments:

Courtney, Jer.33:3 said...

Well said!

Ginger said...

So true!! I am so thankful I have a godly mother to look up too!
Ginger

Maxine said...

Julie, I come to visit you from time to time without commenting, but on this one I want to say; "Amen!" As a mother of daughters, one married one still at home, this is a subject close to my heart.
The book of Ruth is a favorite of mine and I'm so thankful for all of the lessons in it for our girls. Thanks for posting this excellent reflection on this important issue.

Lyndy said...

Sis Julie,

I am so thankful that I had godly examples in my Mother and Grandmother. Such a blessing indeed.

Love and Hugs, Lyndy

Julie's Jewels said...

ginger...you are very blessed indeed. Never take it for granted. Hopefully due to the godly examples you have had in your life and with your reading and study of the Word of God you can be the godly mother and grandmother your children and grandchildren will need you to be in their lives.

Julie's Jewels said...

sis. maxine....thank you so much for your faithfulness in visiting and for your leaving a comment this time. It encourages my heart to know when God has blessed one of my readers as He has you. Praise the Lord!!

Julie's Jewels said...

sis. lyndy...you are very fortunate and blessed to have had that in your life. I didn't have that growing up. But God put godly examples before me that I can look to and learn from and I thank Him for that. I only pray that I have been and will be the godly example that I need to be to my children and grandchildren.

A Note From Theresa said...

Very good post. Thanks for posting it. We all need a reminder form time to time. Thanks again.

Julie's Jewels said...

sis. theresa...thank you commenting. I know I need a reminder of a lot of things from time to time.

Katy-Anne said...

I have so many exciting things planned that I want to teach my son. I don't see how women have time to work or go out all the time if they want to teach their children everything that I want to teach mine lol.

Julie's Jewels said...

katy-anne....Amen!! I don't see how they can either.

Happymama said...

Such a good post, Sis Julie. I often look at my children and wonder where they would be today and how their lives would be different had I been a different mother than what they've always known. Mind you, I have not been perfect! But I have stayed at home, raising them to love God, their family, His WORD, good music, good dress code, etc. I've learned many things through the years. I'm STILL learning. But when I think of where they could be today if I hadn't been an active example in their lives, it scares me to think of it. Again...not perfect...still learning...pressing on!

~Kristi

Julie's Jewels said...

sis. kristi...I definitely agree with you. I know what I'd be dealing with where my kids are concerned had I not been saved and living for God. And also teaching my kids of Him and His Word and what He desires for our lives. They would probably be giving me and their daddy heartache like I gave my parents. Thanks be to God that He found me 13 years ago and gave me the opportunity and privelege to walk with Him and teach my children of Him and His ways.

Jessica said...

Hey Sis Julie,

Amen!! That was a blessing.

Of course I'm not a mother yet.... but it made me think about all the kids that we babysit that look up to me! I pray that I am a good example in front of them. I know most of them do not have Godly mothers.

Great Post!!
Love you,
Jessica

Julie's Jewels said...

jessica...you are so right about those that are not mothers yet....and even those that are...there are many young people who are looking at you and me that are not our children. They are watching our example and we must set a godly one for them.

Love you too!!!

Sarah Joy said...

As Mommies, we often don't realize how important we are. There's a lot of worldly backwards-think pouring into our head all the time, and it is more important that ever that godly older women in the church teach the younger to embrace womanhood as God designed it. We need to get into the Word to understand God's unique order, because we are being taught aggressively that His order is wrong.

Great post!

Julie's Jewels said...

sis. sarah joy....we are definitely being taught that God's way is backwards and not the way to go. But I've lived both ways and I find that God's way is much more rewarding and brings much more peace to the home.

Sis Rachel said...

Very good post, Sis! I'm always so thankful for any mother who takes the TIME to encourage the younger women to reject the world's philosophy of a woman's success and instead embrace the biblical teaching of being a keeper at home. That is where TRUE fulfillment can be found!!
Sis Rachel

BTW, love the new look on your blog! Very pretty!!!!

Julie's Jewels said...

sis. rachel...thank you very much!!

Baptist Girl said...

Wonderful post Julie!

Motherhood is such an important role. Our children look up to us, we are the example to them . There is so much thye need to face each day in the world, the struggles they deal with each day, the fears they face, they need to know we are there for them always.

PS my husband is a collector of Lighthouses, there all over our house *S*

Cristina

FREEDOM FROM SIN said...

Once again, I am asking your prayers for our situation. It is both of our desires that I be a "keeper at home". My husband's physical condition is stabilized at this point but not getting better. I've felt the need more and more lately to be at home with my children. I miss it so much and my emotions about it are on a roller coaster ride. I thank God that I enjoy the job he provided and that I only have to work part time (actually, I chose that-did not want to be away from my children any more than I had to), but I earnestly desire to be a stay-at-home mom. I covet everyone's prayers in this matter. Thank you, Sis Becky

Julie's Jewels said...

sis. cristina...you are so right...motherhood is a very important role. I'm humbled that God would choose me to be in that role.

That's neat that your husband also loves lighthouses. I'm finding that alot of people do.

Julie's Jewels said...

sis. becky...I do pray for you about that. I realize that there are situations where the mother has to work due to husband's that either can't work due to physical problems or are just too lazy to work. I hate it for the ones that do. I'm sorry that you have to work but what a blessing that God is blessing you. Keep praying and God will make a way for you. Hang in there Sister!! I am hoping that other readers that read your comment will pray for you as well. I just have a problem with those mothers that WANT to work just so they can have more things or better things. Those mothers are doing so at the risk and expense of their children. That is sad!!

Pam said...

Excellent thoughts my dear and oh so over looked in most churches today. I see many "Christians" pushing all young ladies towards college. How about taking them under our wings and mentor them about homemaking skills, cooking, loving on their hubby's and kids?!

Julie's Jewels said...

sis. pam...Amen!! You are so right!!

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