“Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to too much wine, teaching what is good, so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God may not be dishonored.” Titus 2:3-5
These are some of the beautiful younger women in my life. I am privileged to be their friend, mentor, and older woman in life.
This scripture in Titus talks about the importance of the older woman in our lives but it also talks about us being the older woman to someone else. These relationships are equally important I believe.
This picture was taken at our Youth Girl’s Day. I had the blessing of having them at my home. We had time to fellowship, we shared God’s Word together, and they were able to have fellowship with one another. It was an opportunity for them to be around my husband and I and see us as a couple, working together. It was a time to set the example of hospitality and sharing what God has given you. It was a joy to share God’s Word and pass onto them a lesson that God has taught me along my journey as I have walked with Him.
I try to connect with these girls in whatever opportunity God brings to me. Sometimes it is on social media, other times it is at youth events. I love my face to face time with them when I have that opportunity. My son is in youth as well so they have the ability to see me in my role as a mother. I am friends with their moms so they are able to see me in the role of a friend and sister in Christ. They have spent times around my husband and I, giving them the joy of seeing what marriage is about.
I pray that they see this Titus two woman in me! I pray that my mouth is guarded from gossip. I pray they see characteristics of a Godly wife and mother in me.
You can be an “older woman” as a teenager too. You have young girls around you who are watching you. teenage girls have so much to offer the younger girls in their lives.
What words come out of your mouth? How do you treat your friends? Do you speak to your parents with respect and love or are you dishonoring them? These are all things those younger girls in your life are seeing.
Being the “older woman” is a big responsibility whether you are thirteen or fourty. We can’t do this well in our own strength. We need God’s help. We have to be praying and asking God for His Holy Spirit to empower us to be this Godly woman.
Sometimes we have to say, “I’m Sorry.” Sometimes we have to admit we were wrong. When we can do those two things, we show those younger girls and women in our life that we need Jesus! There is nothing more Godly than that because we all need Jesus. We need Him to be that Titus two woman.
I am so grateful for each one of these girls and young women. There are others who are not in the picture who mean just as much to me as well. My heart overflows with the love and joy they bring to my life. They pour into me as well and I have grown because they are a part of my life.
Do you have any younger women in your life? You should have at least one. Pray and ask God to show you if there is someone you need to be a friend to. Ask Him to reveal where He wants you to be an “older woman”. I guarantee you will be blessed beyond measure!
God has given us these relationships with purpose. Don’t miss out on this incredible blessing to be a mentor or Godly friend to a younger woman in your life!