The decision to work outside the home or to stay at home as a wife and mother is an intensely personal one. We live in an age when women have unlimited opportunities for a career choice, and are no longer bound to the home in high heels and pearls as in the 1950’s. This has been a tremendous blessing for some women, and not so much for others. Like many of you I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, the time in American history when women believed they were being liberated from the “shackles” of role models like...Read More
Category: Older Women
In the second chapter of Titus, one of the traits the older women are exhorted to teach the younger women is to be ‘discreet’. Some versions translate it as ‘self-controlled’. What does it mean to be discreet in a time when not only the world but also the Church is clamoring to be seen and heard with every Tweet, Facebook and Instagram post? How do we reconcile discretion with the resounding admonishment to be transparent? The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary defines ‘transparent’ as “admitting the passage of light”. We know Christians are light bearers. “As light was the beginning of the...Read More
.There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven— A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (NASB) My husband and I were talking the other night about the changes that have come our way this year. He has been working in the garage, sorting through 25 plus years of accumulating tools, and other guy stuff. As he is weeding through things and deciding what stays and what goes, he is mourning. He said that in a way it is like preparing to die. He recalled the last time he did such a thing was when his father fell into poor health and was unable to clean out his own basement and garage. Being a little morose, he suspected the next time someone went through his things in this way would be after he died. Sadly, I suspect that is the case. I had a similar response when our youngest son got married this summer. Suddenly the 4 quart crockpot was ridiculously large. I didn’t need twin sized sheets anymore, and there seemed to be so much of everything! I suppose some consider the emotional response to such changes as the empty nest syndrome – I just think of it as part of the normal flow of life. I clearly remember my...Read More
So many Christian women come to biblical counselors to learn how to change a husband who is difficult, harsh, and unloving. The wife is crying out for love and affection in her marriage and her husband is not interested in providing it. The last thing she wants to hear is, I’m sorry, you can’t change him. Period. It is really hard to look the sorrowful wife in the eye and confirm what she’s suspected all along. She can do everything right, she can be obedient, godly, sexy, submissive; really, be a great wife and mother and he will still be who he is. This is...Read More
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