Attend to the practical

Shortly after my husband died, I read a book on widowhood by Joyce Rogers. One sentence in her introduction caught me up short and...

Guarding Through Formation

I wrote previously (April 2, 2019) that "keepers at home" can also be translated "workers at home." The word keeping carries the...

Making Our Homes Employment

As women who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, God calls us to the most important task of being a keeper (guardian) and worker at...

Hardest Job in the World

The fifth life practicum older women are to teach younger women is to be "homemakers." That's how the NKJV translates the compound Greek...

Lighting fires

Becoming chaste women of God has two sides: a turning to and a turning away from. We turn our faces, our lives, our focus toward the face...

That Untouchable Subject

This fourth blog on what it means to be chaste has been a while in coming due to two weeks of unexpected travel, but at last I'm getting...

Within the Vows of Marriage

Probably the most common understanding of chastity is "sexually pure." I had primarily connected this definition with virginity, and it...

Without Hypocrisy

After taking most of December off to get other writing done, I am returning again to Titus 2 and the study of the word chaste. My first...

Chaste: purity

The fourth quality that should characterize us as women of God, which older women are to teach younger women, is chastity. When I first...

2 "Not" Words

Throughout this month we have looked at the word discreet through several different lenses. The first Titus 2 blog in November looked at...

Are you governed by the future?

Last week, in attempting to dig deeper into the meaning of discreet, I wrote about being circumspect and tactful. The Webster's New...

Discreet: Circumspect and Tactful

The nuances included in the word discreet are many. As I wrote last week, the word discreet is loaded with meaning. It is a very...

Are you a safe person?

As this is the first Wednesday of a new month, I am going to move on to the next topic in Titus 2 that older women are instructed to...

Loving your children: Making memories

Before having children and even when our babies are small, most of us think phileo love comes naturally. And in many ways it does....

Loving Your Children: Teach Them to Work

One of the most loving things we can do for our children is to teach them to work. Life is primarily made up of work. Our human nature...

Loving your children: play with them

Children take time. Children need time—our time. It's not enough to feed and bathe and clothe them. Meeting a person's basic needs...

Loving Your Husband: Showing Gratitude

It's interesting that none of the seven things older women are to teach younger women are really about meeting our own needs. They are...

Loving Your Husband: Tone of Voice

I have come to believe through both personal experience and observant listening that our tone of voice is the primary way we communicate...