Monday, July 21, 2008

At the Well of Titus 2

I'm participating in an incredible new meme on Mondays created by Chelsey at Joyfully Living. It is called "At the Well: In Pursuit of Titus 2." Please click on this beee-auteeful button if you would like to find out more or participate. It is a privilege to be a part of:

Today's discussion question is as follows:
What does being a Titus 2 woman mean to you?

I've prayed about this question as I've pored over the verses. Chelsey is not asking me, "What does Titus 2 mean?" or "What does Titus 2 teach?" She's asking, "What does being a Titus 2 woman mean to me?

Depending on what mood I'm in, I could answer this question in a hundred different ways. It's an incredible question. But here's my brilliant answer for today.
To me, being a Titus 2 woman means
being a woman who waits at the well.

To keep from slandering, to run from addictions, to teach and train younger women and children, to be self-controlled, to be pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to my be all those things makes me want to find a brown paper bag to breathe in really fast requires my willingness to wait on the Lord at the well. See, when I come to Jesus empty, thirsty, useless, needy and dependent, He will be my source for Godly living. It is His grace and His gift of salvation that makes it so:

Titus 2:11-14, NIV says, "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good."

I've played the tapes back time and again in my mind. Whenever I've tried to live righteously without Jesus as the source of it, I've capital-F Failed. Whenever I've depended on Jesus and trusted Him to live righteously through me, I've walked in VICTORY (and by the way, it IS possible to live in victory even when I'm having a bad day, or going through a season of doesn't mean I'm all smiles. It just means I'm God-strong).

I wish I could say that I am that Titus 2 woman at the well every single moment of every day, but...well, I wanna be. And I want to wanna be more than ever before.

How about you? What does being a Titus 2 woman look like to you? Go sign the Mr. Linky on Chelsey's page and give the question a poke or two on your blog. And we'll be women at the well of Titus 2 together today.

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Sue Cramer said...

Beautifully written! Keep on walking this walk, I'm sure you will greatly affect your family and those around you!

Denise said...

Such a lovely post, be blessed dear.

Chelsey said...

LauraLee - awesome words! Like you I WANT to be a women At the Well... EVERYDAY. And, oh, how many times I fail!! BUT, God isn't done with us yet, and can use even our imperfections for His glory - thank God, because I have SO many of them. But, that is what is going to make us true well women... we aren't perfect and others can learn from our imperfections!

Thanks for sharing and coming to the well today!

Laurie Ann said...

LauraLee, I am applauding your post! Very well-written. Clearly your heart is shining through. God bless you for sharing this with us.

LAURIE said...

what a wonderful post! I, too, am like you pursuing this Titus 2 example but often times I fail miserably!!!

Welcome aboard AT THE WELL - I look forward to hearing from more hearts of women that have passion for THE WELL!!

Patty Wysong said...

So many times I'm reaching for the brown paper bag instead of trusting and resting in Jesus. Like you, Laura, I WANNA be at the well, and I've learned SOOO much from you as you've lingered there and shared your life and GOD with me.

Paula said...

Powerful, powerful post. It's all about HIM and not us. It is HIS power that helps us overcome, not our own. So good.

Jill said...

Thanks for sharing. Yes it can be scary to be the older woman setting the example, but think about when the roles are reversed. I know I greatly appreciate my mentor's honesty and transparency - that is what I appreciate and expect, not perfection. Just as we grow thru the pain and struggles and even mistakes those behind us can benefit from our willingness to share. There's also comfort knowing I'm not the only one who doesn't have it all together.

Sorry got a bit long, but never let fear of messing up keep you from being the Titus 2 woman God has made you to be. I'm sure those words are more for me than you!!!

lori said...

It's nice to meetcha! This is going to be wonderful to share Titus 2 hearts at the well!!

Your post was fabulous...I think you speak for so many of us! :)

See you at the well!! Looking forward to it!!

boutcrazy said...

I like your imagine of coming to the well empty and waiting for Him to fill you up. Thank you.

Homesteader in Training said...

I had to nominate you for an award my friend. You are an encouragement. Come by and check it out!

Homesteader in Training said...

I had to comment on your comment lol. First thank you for your super kind words. They were very encouraging and sweet. Second, you are going to have to come to Loopyland in order to pick up your trophy, cause Crazyland sounds a bit scary lol.
Blessings my friend.

Kathy C. said...

That was a very transparent and heartfelt post. Beautiful.
:) Thank you.

Kathy C.

Joanne Sher said...

What an excellent, honest, heartfelt post. I SO want to be the Titus 2 woman all the time. This is so real, girl, Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hi LauraLee - Great post & beautiful blog. I'm excited to be part of this ... looking forward to reading more.

I'm a Believer!

Laury said...

I'll leave our neighbor's house now and go read Titus 2, Laura. Love you loads. Miss you tons.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post! You capitalized on something I mentioned in my post: That this Titus 2 thing is only attainable and possible with God. We can not do this on our own. As you mentioned, we would fail with a capital F! Praise the Lord, He works in us to produce His own masterpiece to His glory and praise!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!