I started attending a ladies Bible study at my church back in January. We’ve been studying the book of Ephesians, and I’ve learned a lot. Going through the book slowly has allowed me to really dive into the passages.Currently, I’m memorizing Ephesians 2:4-5.
We have about 20 ladies in the group, ranging in age from twenty-somethings up through octogenarians. I love how this provides so many different perspectives. Some of the older ladies have shared how they’ve seen God’s faithfulness in their own lives over the years, and I find their stories tremendously encouraging. One woman’s husband recently passed away. They had been married for 57 years. As a relatively newly married woman, I try to take in her thoughts on marriage as much as I can.
Apart from Bible study, we also enjoy times of fellowship with one another. Once a month or so, we’ll all go out for lunch together. Another time, a few of us got together and worked on knitting projects. While I’m the youngest by several years, I have 10 years of knitting experience. I was happy to help some others who were just starting.
Younger women spending time with older Christian women is a biblical concept, as evidenced by Titus 2.
“So that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” – Titus 2:4-5 (NASB)
Other translations use the phrases “keepers at home” or “homemakers” instead of “workers at home.” When my pastor gave a sermon on this topic, he quoted the Holman Christian Standard Bible, which uses “homemakers.” My curiosity was piqued, as I had never heard the passage in that translation.
As I’m in my current season of being a young wife, a homemaker, and a mother to a little boy on the way, I have a lot to learn. As Sheila Wray Gregoire wrote, “Homemakers are Made, Not Born.” There is no better way to learn about Christian womanhood than by being around ladies who have been faithfully serving the Lord for decades. I’m thankful for the opportunity to have a great group of godly women in my life!