Keepers of The Home
Posted: July 25, 2020
Author: Danielle Murphy
Titus 2:3-5, KJV
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
When the Holy Spirit comes into your life, you can’t help but be transformed. The old selfish ways are gone and a new, merciful, loving character is born in us by the grace of God. Though I do get tired at times of “loving” on others, God is showing me how to balance it all. When I look back at who I was, I can see clearly how very far God has brought me from my old self seeking ways.
It feels so good to love on others. The world needs more love in it and we as God’s children are the best candidates for giving it. The world cannot give what it does not possess but we as born again believers who have been born of the spirit, possess so much love we cannot contain it all! That is why I say that hospitality is part of keeping a home. It is a great outlet of that love we have been shown and can freely give.
Many of our husbands are so busy earning a living for our families that they are not able to take the time to think up ways to get creative and encourage other people. That is where we come in. If we are wise, we can help our family’s time be balanced by quality time with each other as well as with others. It is a blessing to our husbands when we can make time for spiritual appointments. God has given us a light to shine and it must not be hidden!
Those neighborhood school kids in your life need to see your family's love and testimony lived out before their eyes and they need you to engage them as an adult. Take the time to get to know your children’s friends and be involved in their lives. Sometimes these children come from difficult home lives and you can be a bridge to a better relationship with their parents. You can also be that beacon of hope for them of the truth of God, that solid rock they so desperately need to cling to when life gets rocky.
Just recently I have begun to really see how God has used my many relationships in the community and neighborhood to encourage people. What a beautiful network of people He has woven together to encourage and refresh one another. From the store clerk I get the chance to encourage during tough times to the neighbor girl who lost her strong believing grandmother who was such an anchor to her. God has brought each of these people into my life to show love to.
Another small yet beautiful thing the Lord has shown me to do is to keep a record of the weddings we attend so that I can send them an anniversary card. I always send them a first year anniversary card but recently saw that a few of them are coming up in five years. I plan on marking the dates and sending them each a card with encouraging words inside letting them know that we are here for them and praying for their marriage.
Love can take on so many different forms. I rejoice in the fact that through the Holy Spirit, God helps us to be encouragers. I pray that you too will grow in encouraging others and that your love will overflow for those around you as you open your home to be a safe haven for many to find truth and hope of God.