Saturday, June 11, 2011

Devotions: Where Have All the Mentors Gone?

       Where have all the mentors gone--       
Those Titus 2 women of the past,
Those older, God-fearing models?
Where have all the mentors gone?

Maybe you've gone to seek fullfilling careers.
Maybe you've gone to self-awareness classes.
Maybe you're busy staying fit--playing tennis or at aerobics,
Or maybe you're just taking time for yourselves--
Going to lunch, playing bridge, or shopping at the mall.

Wherever you have gone, we've missed you.
Our generation has indeed miss you.
We need you.
Maybe more than any generation of mothers.
With our vague role descriptions and society's confusing messages.
Oh, how we need faithful, committed mentors.

We need you to remind us of the value of being a stay-at-home mom and a loyal, submissive wife.
We need to see the art of homemaking modeled for us over and over and over again.

We need to watch you respond to the joy and sorrow of life, with the divine wisdom of God's Word.
We need to see how God's promises in Scripture work out in real life.
We need your encouragement to see the eternal picture and the benefits of
following God when the day is bogging us down and clouding our view.

We need your tried-and-true tips on loving our husband, raising our children,
keeping our home, and living for Jesus.

We need to listen and learn from the wealth of experience and wisdom
you've collected during your years of living.

We need your cheering us on when it seems no one is noticing or
appreciating our many efforts to make our houses homes,
our children saints for the King,
our husband our top priority,
and Jesus the love of our life.

We need to hear your many little comments that remind us that this exhausting stage
in our life is indeed a stage and it is temporary.

We need, possibly mre than anything else, a mentor in our life,
who will take our name before the Father daily,
beseeching His throne on our behalf.

Where have all the mentors gone?
You may have gone many different places.
But we know where a few of you are--

--Sherilyn Jameson

Titus 2:4 "Then they (the older women) can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that on one will malign the word of God."  (NIV)

May I recommend these books:
The Stay at Home Mom, For Women at Home & Those That Want to Be 
Between Women of God, The Gentle Art of Mentoring
The Gentle Art of Mentoring
Between Women of God
Get More Done in Less Time
All in Good Time
All of the above are authored by Donna Otto
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