she shares truth: titus

It’s no secret that I read #SheReadsTruth every morning for my devotion.  It’s no secret that I love their content.  I love how I can relate.  I can make sense of what the Bible says about some things.  At last, it’s not all just old school information that cannot be applied to my life, here and now. Every now and then, they give us readers a chance to share our take on it.  We are just finishing up a study on Titus.

Titus 2:3-5 says

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine.  They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Say what?  Now, y’all know I am neither married nor a mother so this is difficult for me to even comprehend being as “independent” as I am.  I mean this sounds good and all, but where do I fit in? Well, turns out we are talking about spiritual mothers/mentors and I just happen to have a mentor. She has taken me on to mentor in all things life and Jesus-related and I learn more and more from her every time we meet. She reminds me when it is really just the enemy sneaking into my head that is making my life so difficult.  She opens my eyes when I am feeling frustrated or restless to the bigger picture.  She guides me with Scripture and past conversations with other women.

Truth is:  as much as we’d like to be “not of this world”, we are in it…at least, for now.  We need some guidance as to how to navigate this life so that we are not “reviling” (this means speaking abusively, according to the internet) the Word. My mentor and I have done everything together from lunch to exercise classes to meeting at her house and mine.  Our time together has been priceless.  I feel that she has helped me to grow in so many ways.  I honestly don’t know where I would be in my walk without her.

So I say all that to say this, Scripture speaks to each one of us in different ways.  I may not have a husband and kids, but that does not mean that I don’t need guidance from someone on how to do life.  It seems that society (at least in the South) doesn’t take too well to single women.  That we aren’t “doing our part” or fulfilling our lives.  Sometimes that makes me feel less than.  When on Mother’s Day everyone talks about how great mothers are and how they have the most important job in the world, I am sad, for I am not a mother…dare I say, yet?  Will I ever be?  I don’t know but I do know that whatever God has planned for me will come into play in His time, not mine, not society’s, and I will be ready and my mentor has played a huge role in that, along with the other people in my life that love me.

Do you have a mentor or spiritual mother?  How do you spend time together?

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things i miss about running

So, I think, I am retired from running.  I know all you runners are gasping at this and trust me, it’s not an easy thing for me to say.  I have actually been considering it for a while now.  Ever since I injured another part of my body while my torn hamstring was healing.  Don’t worry, these were not my only injuries ever as a runner.

Truth is, running is hard.  It takes a lot out of your body, especially long-distance running, which was my preferred method.  I’m sad.  There are so many things I will miss.

things i miss

  1. Exploring the city on foot
  2. The feeling of accomplishment as I top a hill
  3. Crossing a finish line
  4. Being one with nature
  5. Seeing how far and fast I could go
  6. Jamming to my playlist
  7. Making up a new playlist
  8. Runner’s High
  9. Reflection
  10. Running in a summer rain

Some of these things I can experience by walking around or hiking.  I plan on doing a lot of hiking now.  That is something I never would have done before because I was so concerned about getting my run in, but now, I have all the time in the world.  It’s kind of weird to think that.  I started running when I was 26 and I am retiring 5 years later.  I don’t want to, but my body does.  I have to listen to my body.  It’s not worth not being able to walk when I am older.

Have you had to hang up your running shoes?  What would you miss if you did?