Titus 2: Mentoring Younger Women {A Guest Post}

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I am so excited to have Jaimie here today to share about mentoring based on Titus 2 from the perspective of a young wife. She poses some great questions and thoughts for us each to consider as we influence the other women in our lives.

Titus 2:3-5 reads,

“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.

This is what mothers should teach their daughters, and what older women
should teach the younger women in their lives.

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My aunt, Grandma, and mom
(Can you tell they are mother/daughters?)

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My Aunt Kathy and Cousin Sadie

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My mother and me


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.

 

Jaimie Ramsey is a daughter of God, a wife to her wonderful husband Joshua, a homemaker, student, and writer. She loves cooking, blogging, reading, and spending time with her husband and their family and friends.  You can find her on Facebook and her blog, Living in the Light.

 

This post is linked with thanks to:

On Your Heart
Soli Deo Gloria
Hip Homeschool Moms
Top {Ten} Tuesday
What I Learned This Week
Titus 2sdays
Teach Me Tuesday
Domestically Divine

Heart and Home Link-Up

Comments

  1. Jaimie: This is awesome advice, really for women of any age to mentor those younger than they. Thank you so much for linking up to All Things Heart&Home at http://www.mercyinkblog.com I will be featuring this post tomorrow!
    blessings,
    lauren :)

  2. Mynnette Kitchen says:

    Girl, this is FABULOUS!!! I’ve started a series on Wednesday called Welcoming Womanhood and these are AMAZING guidelines for me! I hope you come and join me at My Uni-Verse each Wednesday and I will link back to you when I use these ideas! HUGS! :)

  3. Jessica Heights says:

    These are all important things to keep in mind! :)

  4. I love the practicality of this! I will share with a friend who is also so much about mentoring and community-building!! So glad you linked with SDG!

  5. Wonderful post Jaimie!!

  6. Great stuff….I’m in prayer already for the relationships with faithful mentors who may be a part of my daughters lives. My wife is amazing, but they will need to experience living in response to God from more than just their parents!!

    • So true! I had concern over posting about wanting a mentor online because I didn’t want my mother to feel like she was lacking. My mom is my best friend. But there are some things you can learn better from someone else. Someone a little closer to your stage in life but still ahead of you. Great perspective!

    • Thanks for your input! I agree with Mary Beth–my mom is AMAZING, but God definitely has reasons for ALL the people he puts in our lives.

  7. Great post Jamie! I think I see a mentor in the making! ;)

  8. Heather says:

    Wonderful post Jaimie. Wise words for all of us.
    ~Heather @ourcultivatedlife

  9. Janice C Johnson says:

    Woo hoo! I’ve just agreed to be an “older mom” in a women’s mentoring group at our church. I’m excited about it, but feel inadequate. Totally needed this. Seriously, I just printed it out and plan to keep it handy for reference… and security.
    Thanks, Jaimie!
    (I found Mary Beth, and this, through SDG)

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Excellent post! Thanks for sharing your perspective!

  11. What a great post! There are so many things that wives go through it is good to know that you have others to confide in. The secret life of a Christian woman is the title of my blog this week. Check it out at deloranow.blogspot.com and let me know what you think. God bless!

  12. Seashore says:

    Thank you for this post. I am too a younger one that is looking for more experience mentors to help me along this journey.

  13. Glenda Childers says:

    Such a good welcome for older women to mentor through their blogs. It is the main reason I write.

  14. What a great post! Very well thought out… I was thinking while reading which category I fall into — the younger one with a simple desire to be mentored (raising my hand here) and the “bit” older one willing to mentor (I’m not there with blogging, but with living for Him I might be). And then I realized it doesn’t matter which category I fall in. Because I need to be able to fall into both.
    May my life reflect what I would want in a mentor. And my heart be open and willing to what opportunities come my way.

    Thank you for making me ponder this more!!
    And Nice to meet you, Jaimie!

    • Didn’t she do an awesome job!

      I’m in the same vein of thought as you Nikki. Praying that God will help me be the mentor I want to a younger girl and praying He sends that mentor my way!

    • Aw, thank you so much Nikki (and Mary Beth!). Yeah, I’m really here with you too–I have friends who are still single, and who have been married for even less time than I have, so there are ways I can encourage them–and then, of course, I need to be mentored myself. Right now my mom and my mother-in-law do that the most for me. I’m hoping and praying that a little-bit-older-than-I woman will come into my life to be the spiritual sounding board that I need!

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