The Bible makes it clear that the older women are to be “teachers of good things — that they may admonish the young women” (Titus 2:3-4). So, first of all, we are to teach younger women. And those of us who have daughters must realize the obvious priority — we must first be teaching our daughters and granddaughters and other female family members.
Teaching and training our daughters is vitally important to us as mothers because in doing so, we multiply and perpetuate our usefulness in the future homes of our children. I took the teaching and training of my two daughters very seriously. Here are some of the things I did.
Training Younger Women
- Of course, my daughters’ spiritual training took top priority, with devotions at the kitchen table twice a day and bedtime prayers. It was so much fun for all of us to be creative and vary what we did so that our times studying God’s principles and God’s Word were exciting.
- Going to church and Sunday school and youth groups also were important. I can’t tell you how thrilling it is for Jim and me to watch our daughters today as they read Bible storybooks to the little ones on their laps and bundle them up to go off to church.
- Just as my two girls came home from school each day with homework, we had “homework” assignments. Everyone helped in the kitchen, with the tasks depending on the girls’ ages. Tables were set and cleared, meals were prepared and served, and, as I said, everyone participated. As time went by, Katherine and Courtney progressed to where they could select an entire menu, gather the ingredients, and prepare and serve a meal per week. They were trained in these “good things” of homemaking, kindness, and personal discipline (Titus 2:5).
- We worked our way through the whole list of good things in Titus 2:3-5. Conduct and behavior took top billing. Gossip, too, was something we worked on (or rather, worked out of our lives!). We learned to speak well of others instead of passing on the things heard. Self-control? Well, that’s always an issue for any woman, young or old, and we struggled through learning to wait — on food, on things we wanted, and on and on the list goes.
- Both Katherine and Courtney were taught and trained to respect Jim, their father, in preparation for loving their husbands when they later got married.
- Clothing selection fit well into the category of purity, as well as cultivating godly behavior with the opposite sex.
- As “pastor’s kids” our daughters were often on the receiving end of kindness, which we tried to duplicate toward others.
I hope you can see by these few mentions of the character qualities and “good things” on Paul’s list that I considered Titus 2:3-5 God’s set curriculum. And I rolled up my mothering sleeves and set about to, first of all, live out God’s essentials myself, and then teach them to my two daughters.
One last note … to teach and encourage other women to be what God wants them to be, we must first of all be what God wants us to be. Here is a list of ten character qualities for godly living from Titus 2:3-5. We are to be...
- Lovers of our children
- Not malicious gossips
- Temperate and self-controlled
- Teachers of good things
- Lovers of our homes
- Lovers of our husbands
If you’ve been in search of a lifelong goal or a ministry, search no more. Here is a truly good and honorable one: teach younger Christian women. Pray for God’s wisdom and help in mastering these character qualities and then pass them on your daughters and other women.
Dear Lord, thank You for Your instructions in Scripture that teach me so I can teach my daughters and other women Your ways and wisdom. Amen.
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Write out the above list of ten character qualities for godly living from Titus 2:3-5. Share them with your daughters and come up with ways you can live them out.
If you’ve been in search of a lifelong goal or a ministry, search no more. Here is a truly good and honorable one: teach younger Christian women.