If you've read enough blog posts by Christian women, there's a trending theme: Titus 2 Women. For those of you who don't know what that is, that's when older women reach out to younger women in the Church. It is based off a few verses of Titus 2, Titus 2:3-5 to be exact.
I've done a lot of thinking about this, and while in the land of bloggers, this is a fancy-schmancy thing, it's different in real-life. In the land of bloggers, they place them on pedestals, while in real-life they are humble women who are serving because God has called them to that place.
This past Tuesday, I was able to join a group of women for an evening of fellowship. I honestly felt out of place, as I was the only teen, and with knowing that, the youngest. The majority of the women were at least twice as old as I am. As I knew I'd be rather out of place, I wasn't sure how the evening was going to go.
I was among the first to arrive, with my Mom. A couple of the ladies were already there, one of them had set out some snacks. Delicious fruit, granola and yogurt, cookies, and other tasty things! I placed my Bible on my chair, and stood there, not sure what to do.
As the other women began to arrive, I really felt out of place. As I stood there observing, I watched as I saw the Titus 2 Women come to life. I've never really seen "it" in real-life. It was just a "thing" from the land of bloggers. As I watched, and yes, eavesdropped, it opened my eyes!
To see women in my Church ask with genuine concern how they, (the other women) were doing, what they have been up to, seeing how their prayers may or may not have been answered, encouraging one another, and just taking the time to fellowship, was so encouraging to me!
It got me thinking, why do we make such a big fuss about Titus 2 Women? Why? Why do we? They are women just like us. Just serving where God has placed them to serve. Some women have this gift, and some do not. God has placed us all in different areas to serve in different ways.
Then I had another thought. When these women are unable to serve, or pass away, who is going to be here to continue to pray and encourage the women in the Church? Myself, and the other young women in my generation! We are truly the next generation. We young women need to start and/or continue to reach out, to pray and encourage, to shine God's love!
Many times it's easy to forget, many times we are unable to, but we need to start now, for someday we'll be the ladies who are setting out some delicious snacks; who are washing the spoons leftover from the fruit, yogurt, and granola; we'll be the ones who set up the chairs; and who will be there to find out how each other is doing.
Here comes the part where I don't want to be misunderstood, or thought to be bragging. I personally love to see where God places me. He always places me where he knows I'm needed, and I just do what he asks. If someone needs prayer, my heart breaks for them until I know the prayer has been answered some way. If someone is having a wonderful day, I rejoice with them for this is yet another day that God has made!
know this isn't one of my usual posts, but I ask you to think about
this. If you are a young woman, I encourage you to pray and ask God how
he wants to you serve. If you are a young man, I encourage you to share
this with the young women you know, and that you'll take some time to study Titus 2:6-8.
And if you ever need someone to pray for you, I'm here for you!
Matthew 5:16 (ESV)
In the same way, let your light shine before others,
This is a fun vintage "vinter" hat! It was made by the Rose Co. in Rochester N.Y.! I can't seem to find much about this company, but I have seen things made by them before. Hats are such a fun way to learn about the history of fashion!
“Why should any one be frightened by a hat?” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
So, I think, um, I might be a little off with my weeks and my planning/scheduling on this, so I'll fix it for next week.
A few factual slighty-sticky notes for your brain:
A popular old wives' tale is that you can tell how cold/hard the winter will be by the size of the rust-brown band on the Woolly Bear Caterpillar. Actually, it tells us how old the Woolly Bear is! Younger Woolly Bears have more black than brown. As they mature the brown band widens.
Now if you see one as it's getting chilly, and the band is very small, it just means it's a younger caterpillar getting ready for winter. So it's not forecasting the weather, it's just responding to the cold weather at the time you see them.
They are such a popular caterpillar. Do you ever think about what they become afterwards? In the summer they become an Isabella Tiger Moth. Pretty much just another moth you'll see near a porch light. Not as exciting as a caterpillar, but still pretty neat.
This will be a similar post to the one I did the other day on the Psalms. I will give the reference, and then do my best to say who was praying, and the reason they were praying. I encourage you to take some time to study these. (This obviously does not include every mention of prayer).
Jesus was giving an excellent example of how to pray.
Jesus prayed the night he was betrayed. He was praying that the Father's will be done.
Another telling of Jesus' time in prayer the night he was betrayed.
Jesus set an example of prayer for his disciples. This is similar to Matthew 6:5-15.
Jesus prayed hard on the night he was betrayed. It says that his sweat was like drops of blood.
Jesus prayed for himself, then for his disciples, and finally for all believers. This is the longest recorded prayer he prayed.
The Early Church prayed the God would show his miraculous power and enable them, so that they could continue to share the Gospel with others.
Paul thanked God for the believers in the city of Ephesus. He prays that they will understand the power and majesty of who God is so they can know him better.
Another prayer from Paul. He prays that they will have Spiritual Strength. I personally memorized this a few years ago.
Paul also thanked God for the believers in the city of Philippi. His prayer was that their love for God would abound, and that they would be able to discern what is right.
Paul was thankful for the believers in Colosse. So he thanked God for them! He also prayed that they would be filled with knowledge of God's spiritual wisdom, and understanding.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
Paul wrote this to the believers in Thessalonica. Now you may wonder why I'm including the portion of thanksgiving, and not just the prayer. It is important to remember to praise/thank God for what he is doing. Paul's prayer was that God would make them worth of their calling.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
This time Paul asks for prayer. Prayer for protection, and that the word of the Lord would be spread!
Paul thanks God for what he hears of Philemon's faith. He prays that Philemon will continue to be active in sharing his faith.
Prayer is poignant and powerful. I pray that you will take the time to read these prayers. And maybe take the time to study prayer in the New Testament on your own. God's word is so powerful. When we take the time to study it, especially like the topic of prayer, it can change us.
(A white aster with a bumblebee! :~D My lovely Mommy took this!)
A few interesting facts that may be slightly beneficial to your brain:
Hares and Rabbits are completely different animals. Hares tend to have big ears, big hind legs, and a a larger body. They are from the genus Lepus.
One of the more-common Hares is the Snowshoe Hare. They grow extra fur on their feet to help support their weight when they are in deep snow.
They enjoy eating grasses, green leaves, buds and twigs in the summer. In the winter they eat needles and twigs from conifers, bark, buds, and twigs from deciduous trees. For water they drink dew in the warm months, and snow in the cold months.
The name Aster comes from the Greek word for "star". Fall is a perfect time to see the "star flowers".
Asters are a perfect example of a composite flower. They have tiny individual flowers called florets. The ones in the middle of the flower are called disk florets. Surrounding the disk florets are small thin ray florets.
Asters are perennials, so if you find them one year, they are most likely going to be there for the next several years.
Bumblebees still can be around after a few frosts. Some of the females are still buzzing around looking for mates. After they mate they will bury themselves in the ground in an inactive state.
If they survive the winter they will come back out in April or May. Honeybees prefer hives in trees and so forth, but Bumblebees tend to live in burrows in the ground.
As the colony slowly gets bigger in the warmer months, the Queen is busy laying eggs. The older workers spend time foraging for food while the younger workers help in the nursery. Then the cycle continues.