I wonder why I thought I could write for TWO blogs when I have a difficult time maintaining one? Some of you may know from my New Year’s goals, that I wanted to invest time into another blog, specifically for women, to encourage, train, and minister according to Titus 2:3-5:
Older women, likewise, are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that 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 will not be dishonored.
With honesty and personal candor, I realize that I can’t maintain two blogs. I’d rather do ONE thing well, instead of two things mediocre!
Therefore, I’m closing up shop on Titus2U, and instead, designating every Tuesday at this site as Titus 2’sdays [groan], where we can discuss and encourage one another on how to love our husbands, love our children, be kind, sensible, responsible at home, and bring glory to the Lord and His Word!
For starters, here is my first, and only, post from Titus2U:
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
I always think of this nursery rhyme when I find myself being argumentative with my husband. You know, it’s those days when he might say the sky is blue, and I say it’s gray. He wants to wait, I want to move forward, etc. Have you ever found yourself being ‘contrary Mary’?
Maybe some cues of what contrary ‘looks like’ will help out:
“being so different as to be at opposite extremes : also,
being opposite to or in conflict with each other; unwilling to accept control or advice
This is convicting! And now I know I don’t want to be Contrary Mary…standing there, with hoe in hand, pointing out why I am right, my husband is wrong, and “what’s more…yaddi yaddi yah”.
How can I keep from being this little controlling, contrary, anti-everything woman in my home?
1. PRAY!! Ask the Lord to change ME….not my spouse.
2. Seek the Lord’s righteousness and kingdom, not My own kingdom of one.
3. Take my cues from God’s Word. Ephesians 4:30-32:
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice
Be kind to one another
forgiving each other,
just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
4. Remember, I am a sinner saved by grace, married to another sinner saved by grace. *
A little prayer for today:
Dear Lord, I don’t want to be a contrary Mary, but something rises up in me, seeking control, and wanting things to go my way. Grant me the strength and grace this day to seek first Your will and your kingdom. Help me to think first before I speak, to weigh my words against Your Word, and to be submitted to your Holy Spirit. I need you and trust you, Lord. Thank you, in Jesus’ name. Amen
* Taken from Paul D. Tripp’s book on marriage, What Did You Expect? We will discuss more from this book in the future.