So many times we ask God about His will for our lives. Or we seek the Lord about having some type of ministry. He does have a plan and a ministry for us as women. It is found in Titus 2:1-5, 10 which is the passage that Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, founder of Revive Our Hearts, expounds upon in her book “Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together.” God’s plan for us has no age limits. It is for the older woman and the younger. Every stage of life has a plan and a ministry:
But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 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.
…so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
Nancy begins her book with thoughts on the ending verse about adorning the doctrine of God our Savior. Doctrine simply means teaching. The biblical doctrine (teaching) that we know gets lived out daily in our lives. Nancy continues through the bible passage, giving each characteristic a chapter. She encourages the older women to step up and the younger women to grow up by impacting each other through the ministry of mentoring.
This is Nancy’s first book after her marriage. I have read many of her books through the years and it was neat to see how she can now relate happenings within her marriage relationship to the word of God. While it is a longer book, Nancy writes in a clear, conversational style that makes it easy to read. Each chapter ends with questions for older women followed by questions for younger women. Through these questions, the older reader is asked to pray about opportunities to minister to a younger woman and the younger to pray about seeking out an older woman that she can learn from.
The chapter that convicted me the most was “A ‘Sophron’ State of Mind. It is about developing self-control in different areas of our lives. Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, is the only one who can give us control over our tongue, our thoughts and our actions.
The Titus 2 Model is God’s will for our lives and a ministry He has given us to do. Nancy’s book is a tool we as women can use to carry it out.