I remember reading these verses one day and I had this small realization that I was now the "Older Women" that Paul was speaking about. I became conscious that I had a calling or responsibility to be reverent, not gossip, sober minded, and a teacher of good.
I felt a personal conviction that day. I knew I wasn't reading my Bible and spending time with God. My problem...I just didn't know where to start or how to do it.
One day my dear friend mentioned that she read a chapter of Proverbs a day with her children. This idea intrigued me. I felt like it was an obtainable goal and didn't seem to hard. I was amazed at what I read and my Bible had enough pen marks that it looked like my pen exploded. The following month, I read it again following the same pattern (different color pen though). A crazy thing happened, I saw things that I hadn't seen the month before. Then the next month the same thing happened. God brought things to mind that I needed in the season that I was in. He's pretty awesome that way.
I'm not discrediting the other 65 books of the Bible, I just chose to start in Proverbs. It was a place to start and from there it has evolved. I still go back and read the book of Proverbs every other month. There is so much wisdom to gain.
The second directive in these verses to the "older women" is to train the young women in a list of tasks. At first I thought of some of my younger friends and then it hit me, I have a daughter (my second daughter wasn't born yet). I felt an overwhelming sense of responsibility to not let her down. I wanted to teach her to do these things and be content while she did them. If you don't have a daughter, you have might have a niece, a younger cousin, or just a friend. Everyone influences everyone.
If you'd like to start reading the Bible but just don't know where to begin, start in Proverbs. It was written by the wisest man ever known. It was inspired by God. It was written for you.
I'd like to challenge you to read a chapter a day. Don't be super legalistic about it though. If life happens, move on. God knows your heart.
Journaling is a passion of mine. It helps to clear my mind and focus me. Writing in my journal has truly helped me to release things to God. It has also helped by giving me a place to go to when I need to be encouraged by either prayers that God has answered or things that God has done in my life.
In an effort to encourage you, I created this "Proverbs Reading Challenge" journal. Inside you'll find a section for writing a scripture that truly stood out to you as you read that day; a section to write three things that you are grateful for; and a section to write a prayer.
Please click on the image below to download your free Proverbs Reading Challenge. What have you got to loose by trying? I made it pretty and painless because, well, that's how my brain works.
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I'm praying for you mama! You are amazing!