|This is my new favorite breakfast recipe: Raspberry Ricotta Scones!|
This week I came across some great articles that I thought you might enjoy and benefit from as well.
We talk about being justified by faith alone, but maybe you are not really sure what it is meant by that phrase. Well, our friend Christina Langella has a guest post at Theology for Girls which is worth reading (please don’t even try to skim through it, read it carefully. You will not regret it. 😉 ).
“Whether you have been serving God for a little while or a long while, it doesn’t matter. The whole of your Christian faith is grounded in this one doctrine.It is the truth of God’s grace in Christ towards sinners, and it will not only deliver you from the darkness but it will also keep you on solid ground.”
My dear friend Trisha Poff wrote an excellent and timely article on the need of becoming Titus 2 Women.
“I’m watching women dismiss our home-centered calling as they insist on blurring the distinctive roles God has given men and women, sometimes in the name of being “Gospel-focused,” as though biblical womanhood is void of the Gospel dwelling in us richly.”
On the same line, The Gospel Coalition has an article (from February 28, 2013) for women in need of a mentor: How to Be Mentored Without a Mentor that is very practical and encouraging.
“You may be longing for a formal mentor, someone who can sit down and speak into your life each week. Pray and ask God for that tremendous gift. He may grant it. But if he doesn’t, or until he does, seek out resources already available to you in order to be mentored—even at a distance—by other Christians. I often challenge young, busy moms to read one chapter of a good book each day. You can work your way through a number of books that way. And you’re giving your soul something nourishing.”
Lastly (from the archives at Desiring God -2011-) an excellent encouragement to become “addicted” to God’s Word: Man Shall not Live by Facebook Alone
“Let the Bible bring you back to reality over and over during the day.”
My favorite, favorite, app that has helped me do this and also has helped me with my memorization projects is Fighter Verses, also by Desiring God. I love it!
Now the questions:
Considering that two of my links this week have to do with becoming a Titus 2 Woman I thought maybe we could share some about that here.
1. Who have been the most influential mentors -in your vocation as a Christian wife/mother- in your life (women you know personally and/or authors)?
2. Are you purposely mentoring younger women?
1. In my life, I can quickly point to my sister and Nancy Wilson (I am not mentioning men authors, since this is a question about Titus 2 women). I think also of a friend who reminds me (even the way she speaks!) of Elisabeth Elliot. Elisabeth Elliot, by the way, is becoming a mentor to me in this stage of my life. I have also learned (and still learn!) a lot from different godly friends: there is one who always listens attentively while looking you at the eye with her apron on and a “beautiful tomato” on her hand; another whose mouth is full of the Word of God and with whom sometimes I talk on the phone for hours -she is my life editor of the sort-. There is one who prays without ceasing and cooks the best carrot soufflé ever! Others whose example of love and dedication to their children (biological and adopted) and their perseverance in prayer for them -and even hard physical work- have always been a silent challenge that speaks loudly to my life.
2. Yes. But not enough. I am now almost solely focused on my daughters, especially on my oldest who is leaving for college next fall! So much to talk and pray about, so many hugs to give and laughs to share.
Blessings to you and thank you for stopping by,
Thank you, ladies!
Yes, I forgot to include Edith Shaeffer and Nancy Pearson was a great teacher and encourager (through her books) in my life last year.
A woman named Linda was the most helpful Titus 2 woman when I first moved to NM. Authors include Nancy Wilson, Elisabeth Elliot, Edith Schaeffer, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, and I KNOW there's more. 🙂
I am mainly focused on my daughters, but I have friends who are in my life who I encourage and mentor, though not on a regular basis, and I hope I encourage some of my on-line friends, too.
This scone recipe will be added to my collection. Thank you! (Nikko will tell you I will make it even though I won't eat it. Yes. Just ask him. )
I love you and praise God for the encouragement you are to me.
Thanks for the links Becky. To answer your questions:
1. I am the youngest mother at my church so I'm surrounded by quite a few Titus 2 women but two in particular are who mentor me the most. Trisha has also been an amazing source of encouragement and help to me in this area. As far as authors, Edith Schaeffer and Martha Peace have influenced me a lot as a wife and a mother.
2. Like you I am mainly focused on my daughters at this time.
Thank you for sharing such helpful links! I especially enjoyed the article on Titus 2 women. They really can be hard to find, and I know that's something I struggle with in my own life.