Examining My Priorities

It’s that time of year again–hopefully you’re thinking along the lines of how you can do this year better. As a Christian woman, wife, mom, and grandma, I’d like to bring more glory to God this year in each of these areas. If I’m able to honor Him in all these God-given roles then I should be able to be a better witness to the unbelievers in my life.

Giving God glory has to begin with His Word. I have to know what He loves and what He hates. So, the first area that I look at is how I’m doing with my bible reading. If you are like me there’s always room for improvement. When I’m behind, I schedule a time to catch up, if not it doesn’t happen. Then I ask myself about the other disciplines–prayer, memorization, meditation, studying, journaling, and fasting. Could I do better this year, the answer is always, yes. So, what would I like to change? Again, I have to schedule my disciplines or it won’t happen. Sometimes even then my plans are supplanted by emergencies or things that just can’t wait. These are His plans for me so I know I can’t complain or lose heart.

Next, I look at 1 Peter 3:1-6, “In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.”

I prayerfully ask how I’m doing with respecting and submitting to my husband.  By the way, as our God-given head what our husband wants us to do is our highest priority. Again, I can always do better! I’m thankful to be able to remind myself of 1 John 1:9, I confess yet again, thank Him for forgiving me, and praise Him for choosing to look at me and not see my sin because Jesus has already paid for it on the cross!

Then, I look at Titus 2:3-5, Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 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 2:3-5 tells me what I should be doing as an older woman.  Because my home is where my husband lives and my kids and grandkids visit, it should be a place where they can relax. For younger women or unmarried women, Titus 2:3-5 is your goal as a Christian woman. If you aren’t married this verse still has many targets with which to aim.

I hope that you will join me in examining yourself, using our faithful, gracious Father’s words, so that we can strive to honor Him.

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