The Titus 2 Woman

Titus 2:3-5 (NASB) 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.  

I was reading a blog post by Courtney over at Women Living Well about 5 radical qualities young women should pursue.   Courtney discusses what Paul is writing about in Titus 2.  She does a wonderful job breaking down each verse and the qualities that a young woman should try to acquire.  You should take a few moments and read her take on Titus 2

I am blessed to have 2 Titus 2 women in my life.  I have known my friend June for 14 years.  Through the years she has prayed for me and with me (and my family), encouraged me, challenged me and laughed with me.  She is usually the first person my husband calls when he sees that I need to get out of the house and be encouraged.   She is a wonderful example of a Godly wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.

I’ve only known my friend Joan for a few years but she too has prayed for me, challenged me and we certainly laugh together… frequently!  She loves the Lord, her husband and her children.  She takes her role as a Titus 2 woman seriously and will lovingly mentor anyone.  Her passion is to help other women become a Titus 2 woman and to help them strengthen their relationships with the Lord, their husbands and their children.

I pray that one day I can serve others as my 2 friends have served me and my family.

Blessings,
Gaylene

ps – you really should check out Courtney’s blog.  She is a gifted writer and does not shy away from speaking the truth of the Bible.

 

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Mom, I like testing!

Today was our last day of school for the 2013 – 2014 school year.  This is actually the first year we have taken an official summer break.  Don’t get me wrong; our kids get a ton of breaks throughout the year.  However, in years past we just kept on going through summer.

We are taking 3 weeks off (I know… hardly a break!)  I think if we take more then 3 weeks I will start to hear the “I’m bored” complaint and that makes for a grumpy mama!  We won’t start back in full force until mid August but we will pick back up with reading, math and science in mid July.

This week I administered the annual CAT to Pooh and Belle.  This was Pooh’s 3rd year testing but Belle’s first.  To my surprise Belle really liked taking the test and they both wanted to make sure they could do the text again next year.  Wow!  I hated those tests every year!  The great thing about homeschooling is we can take the tests in our pj’s, or go outside, or change the order to fit our fancy.

So, now we officially have a 6th grader, a 4th grader and a 1st grader.  I am so blessed to have my kids at home with me where they are building strong relationships with each other instead of sending them off to be with who knows who for 6+ hours every day.  I thank God for putting homeschooling on my heart the fall of 2008 and not letting me ignore Him!

Pooh our 6th grader!

Pooh our 6th grader!

Belle our 4th grader.  The two of us rode our bikes to Good Times for some mommy/daughter time.

Belle our 4th grader. The two of us rode our bikes to Good Times for some mommy/daughter time.

Alex our 1st grader.

Alex our 1st grader.

Jonathan is 3.5 and is working on letters and numbers.  He loves doing school with sisters.

JT is 3.5 and is working on letters and numbers. He loves doing school with sisters.

Katherine being loved up on my her big sister.

Katherine being loved up on by her big sister.

The Girls!

The Girls!

The Wilson Kids

The Wilson Kids

 

Summer and Bible Bee

Summer is my favorite season for many reasons.  One of our favorite activities in the summer is participating in the annual Bible Bee.  Each year The Shelby Kennedy Foundation puts together a nationwide Bible Bee.  They decide on a book of the bible to study all summer, choose many (not sure how many but a lot!) verses for memorization and create wonderful study workbooks based on various ages.  Our local bible bee club meets once a week throughout the summer where we play games and help each other with memory verses and bible questions.

This year the foundation choose to study the book of Jonah.  All summer long we will do an in-depth study of Jonah and memorize as many verses (assigned by the Foundation) as we can.  In late August, we will gather for our local Bible Bee Contest where the girls will take a written test based on Jonah and then will recite the verses they know in front of a judge.  The winners of the local bees get to go to Atlanta in late October to compete in the National Bible Bee.

Our kids absolutely love the Bible Bee and the Bible Bee club where we get to play and fellowship with several other families all while putting the words of our Lord on our hearts.

What a blessing!

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Enjoy your summer!

Gaylene