Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Calling Older Women

Older women are given a command in Scripture to teach the younger women...It is not an option.  Today, hurried life styles, careers and a "self" focus have resulted in a void of equipped, available, holy older women.  (Profile of a Godly Woman by Ray Powell)

There was a beautiful young woman in my Bible study last year.  She was raised in the church, along with her husband.  They were mentored by the church before they got married.  They have been married over 21 years and have four children.  She shared with us that she was separated from her husband.  He had an affair.  I was so sad...I went up to her afterwards and asked her if an older woman had ever trained her how to be a good wife.  She said, "No." I asked her if she had ever seen an example of a good marriage.  She said, "No."  I was eventually able to build a relationship with her and give her Debi's book.  She said they had never had a good marriage.  They had been to many counselors and read many books.  She said Debi's book was the first book that helped her realize her fault in the destruction of her marriage.  It almost always takes two to destroy a marriage.  Sometimes, we just can't see our part until it is shown to us.

I mentored her for a month and prayed for her daily.  He has moved back in with the family and they are mending their marriage.  God's ways are so good, but so few Christians heed them.  My generation was ripped off.  There were no older women around us that were willing to mentor us when we were young.  Younger women need help.  They need to be taught the ways of God.  So if you are an older woman, I encourage you to start mentoring a younger woman IF you know the ways of God and are walking in them.  This generation of young women needs us.  A good way to mentor is to go through one chapter a week of Debi Pearl's book and chew on it together.  Pray together and share each other's lives.  It's amazing what obedience to God can do for others.

"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 and children..."  Titus 2:3,4