“Likewise, teach the 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.
Then they can train the younger women to love their
husbands, 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.“
should teach the younger women in their lives.
As bloggers, our sphere of influence is much wider than just the people we meet in person every day. Our words enter the homes and hearts of hundreds and even thousands of people each day. Mary Beth asked me to answer the question, “How can older women bless younger women through their blogs?”
I’m one of those younger women. I’m twenty-one and I have been married for just over a year. I have learned a lot in the last year, but there is so much more I don’t know.
Those of you who have more life experience than I, and others like me, have so much to share with us! We younger women desire your teaching, advice, and encouragement. You are a blessing to us.
So, here are a few ways, applicable to blogging and in some cases to your real-life relationships, that Experienced Women Can Bless Those of Us Who are Younger:
1) Be honest. What experiences have you had that you feel comfortable sharing on your blog? These don’t have to necessarily be “common” things. If you had a unique or unusual experience (such as with health, pregnancy, childbearing, marriage, parenthood, etc), chances are someone else has or will have a similar experience, and you can help them by sharing your story!
2) Look over your shoulder. What would you have done differently in your life, one, five or ten years ago? What do you know now that you wish you had known when you were first a wife and mother? Those of us who are in those early years ourselves could benefit from your wisdom!
3) Be practical. We all like reading posts about home decorating, gourmet meals, and luxurious vacations. But for many of us, those things aren’t useful in our daily lives. It’s all well and good to write about your favorite cookie recipes–we do like those–but how do you make food stretch? What’s one way I can work on showing respect to my husband? How do I help a sick child? What are tips I can use in my kitchen/home/marriage/life now?
4) Be Scriptural. The Bible is THE place to go for advice, encouragement and strength in every area of life. What words of God have spoken to and encouraged you in different circumstances? (Also, make sure you’re basing all your advice and encouragement on the Bible!)
5) Be available. Is it clear on your blog that we can contact you (via a private means if we want) if we have any questions? Do you always respond to comments and questions on your blog? In your real life– are you accessible to the younger women you know? Do you call or write to let them know you’re thinking about them?
6) Get your readers’ input. What do your specific readers want from you? What needs do they have? How can you minister to your blog audience? In real life, you can ask the younger women you know in what ways they need help. Do they need to talk? Do they need you to come watch the little ones for a while so they can take a nap or a shower? Find out how you can best minister to the women in your life.
I follow quite a few blogs, and I have been blessed in so many ways by many different women. Most of the blogs I follow are already doing the above things, and blessing many women in the process! My prayer is that I can be a blessing right now to those who are younger than I, that in the future I will be able to share wisdom and experience with younger women, and that you as a daughter of our heavenly King will be a blessing to all the women (and men!) in your life.
As we seek to mentor, encourage and advise those in our lives, let us keep in mind the purpose for what we do: ”…so that no one will malign the Word of God.” All of our actions are to be a witness to and in honor of God…and it is He who gives us the strength and will to accomplish that.
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