I remember when my grandmother told me years ago that she had “learned to love” my grandfather throughout their marriage. I thought that was terribly sad! I didn’t understand the foundation for marriage at that time in my life. In previous generations, marriages took place out of convenience, agreement or necessity…not because of love. But my grandmother’s learning to love her husband was a strong biblical concept, even if she didn’t realize it at that time.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, learn is defined as: gain or acquire knowledge of or skill in (something) by study, experience or being taught.
I previously wrote from Titus 2:4 that the older women were to train the younger to love their husbands and children. We live in a different world than previous generations. Families often lived together or at least close to one another for continued growth and fellowship. The lines have shifted, however, and except for a few communities, life is no longer lived in this manner. So apart from natural feelings and affections, how does a woman learn to love her husband and children? According to the dictionary … by study, experience or being taught.
First, and foremost we learn by studying the Word of God, the greatest irrefutable standard that we have! The Bible is our firm foundation, our guide to life, our dependable roadmap. Run to it first! We also learn from not only our own experiences but from biblical teachers and theirs. We apply what we learn… over and over and over… until it becomes a reality in our homes and an example to others, especially our children! I believe this is a never ending learning process. Not only do our marriages change from season to season, but as our children grow and mature, we must learn to love them through every chapter of their lives! Not an easy task…but doable in and through Christ! We will continue…
Until next time ~
”These older women must train the younger women to live quietly, to love their husbands and their children, and to be sensible and clean minded, spending their time in their own homes, being kind and obedient to their husbands, so that the Christian faith can’t be spoken against by those who know them.”
A woman comes home from a long day at work and steps into her home. She slips off her shoes and heads to the bedroom to get rid of her bra. “Hi Mom!” shouts her son… thus creating a change in the plans. Perhaps some women would be less concerned with removing their bra in their son’s presence but he is high school age and she does not want to embarrass him…after all… Mom braless? Yikes!
Thus was the scenario that birthed the idea for Virtuous Apparel. I had spent years wearing a nubby vest over my clothing when I wasn’t wearing my bra… which was not very practical during a hot, humid summer; but it provided the camouflage I desired and the ability to be without my bra. I realize ... READ MORE