Adorned:Living out the Beauty of the Gospel Together by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth {Book Review}

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.

The Heavens Declare {A Poem}

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There is a place where
words are seen
not spoken.
Where beauty is revealed
in the daily cycle
of the sun rejoicing
as it circles the heavens.
Rivers clap-
Mountains shout.
Wildflowers wear splendor.
Stars converse boldly
to the night sky.
Clouds concur
as the moon meekly
masquerades behind them-
only to burst forth later
a halo of brilliant beams.
The heavens declare
a timeless message
to the ends of the earth.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
And the expanse proclaims the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1

From Fear to Faith

         Photo by Ihor Malytskyi on Unsplash

She walked afraid. Each step forward a victory as the powers of darkness raged war around her. Her hand drew back, unprepared for the cold steel handle as she pulled open the door. She stopped as fear gripped her and her feet refused to move. Demons grinned at her hesitation. They knew she wouldn’t go through it. She always made promises to herself but she never kept them. Suddenly she heard the kind, gentle voice of an elderly woman, “Welcome, dear. I haven’t seen you here before. Let me help you find a seat.” She smiled at the older woman. Her voice reminded her of her grandmother. She followed her through the double doors and slipped beside her on a pew. She nervously tugged at her skirt. For the first time in her life she was embarrassed by its shortness. The woman patted her hand and directed her attention to the front of the church.

Listening attentively, her heart took in every word the man of God was preaching. He spoke of rest. A rest only found in Jesus Christ. Her soul was weary. She longed for that rest. But how could this Jesus give her that rest? The man of God spoke of sin. She knew her own sin well enough but he also spoke of Jesus’ love. Love enough to die on a cross for all who would believe…for her if she would believe. How could she believe in this love? No one loved her. Her mom was a drunk and her dad nowhere to be found. Men confessed their love to her but only to use and abuse her later.

A tear slipped from her cheek then another and another. She wiped them in embarrassment. No matter how hard she stuck her nail in her palm, she couldn’t stop the tears. They began to sing “Jesus Paid It All.” She glanced at the woman beside her. She wasn’t singing but her head was bowed and her lips moved rapidly in fervent prayer. She couldn’t take another moment of this agony.

“Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r and thine alone,
Can change the lepers’ spots
and melt the heart of stone.”

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved…” Ephesians 2: 4,5 (ESV)

She walked afraid but to the altar she fearlessly ran.

If you don’t know this love of Jesus, I’d be happy to share more about Him and what He did and is doing in my own heart and life. My email is hiswonderfuldeeds11@gmail.com.