A treasure box of wisdom

Proverbs 27:17As a young adult, my baking skills were limited. I occasionally made a cake or brownies, but I never gave much thought to it other than opening a box and mixing ingredients.

That all changed once I married. My mother-in-law took me under her wings and gave me an appreciation for baking that I never had before.

I observed as she watched one cooking show after another as if she were a student in a classroom. She took notes and used them to improve her own delicious creations.

Mama Shinsky allowed me to borrow recipes from her extensive collection so that I could experiment on my own, calling her occasionally with questions.

My baking has improved over the years. I enjoy trying new things and my husband loves testing them.

The art of teaching from one woman to another is not a new thing. In fact, it was the exact system they had in the church in Crete.

Titus was a missionary who travelled with the apostle Paul to the Island of Crete. He stayed behind after Paul left to help stabilize the foundation of the church.

Crete was under the Roman Empire and was known to have many false teachers. The islanders are described in [biblegateway passage=”Titus 1:12 ” display=”Titus 1:12 “]as liars and evil schemers who indulge in sin.

This must have been an intimidating job for Titus. But Paul did not let him walk in the dark. He instructed Titus on how to proceed with a system that once started, would continue from one generation to the next.

[biblegateway passage=”Titus 2:3-5″ display=”Titus 2:3-5”] (NIV)

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live,
not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.
Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,
to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind,
and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

Titus followed Paul’s lead and mentored the older men and women. They passed on their knowledge to the younger generation of the church. The cycle continues today.

As women, we have been given a priceless responsibility — to lead women less experienced in their Christian walk.

God has already given us what we need to teach through our life experiences. We can teach younger women how to love their husbands and children by showing them how we love our own husband and children.

It’s not easy to find our way in this world. That’s why it’s important for us to mentor each other.

Our wisdom gained in this lifetime provides a treasure box full of teaching for younger women.


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16 thoughts on “A treasure box of wisdom

  1. There are several older women in the church who I really admire, and I have learnt a lot from them. I hope that I can also be a role model for the younger women in the church. I remember it being easier to identify with a 20 somthin’ than with, *ahem,* the more mature ladies when I was 13-15 😉

  2. hi, so very true! i love my mentor, Laurie, and I love pouring into the youngers around me. A huge blessing and privelege from God. May you know His peace and direction this week. sue next to you at testimony tuesdays~!

  3. I agree 100 percent about the necessity of godly mentoring. My life was changed by godly mentors, and I’ve mentored dozens of women in our churches over the years. It’s one of my greatest joys.

  4. Jenny, so much truth here! I am so lucky to have two female mentors in my life who have helped lead and guide me in my Christian walk. I have gained so much wisdom from them.

  5. Jenny, you always find such depth in scripture. It really challenges me. When I read your posts, I feel like I’ve learned something new and fresh from God’s truths. Have a blessed weekend!

  6. Great message, Jenny. We all have experiences that are meaningless if we (1) don’t learn something from it and (2) share what we learned. Joining you from Missional Women and of course, Compel.

  7. As women, we have been given a priceless responsibility — to lead women less experienced in their Christian walk.
    Such true words. It is priceless. A gift from God that we share what we learned from our own trials and errors, joys and sorrows. Joining you from #TellHisStory today

  8. Amen! What a lovely reminder and message. when I was young with children I wanted to start a Bible study group that at its core was the older women mentoring the younger. Now that I am the same age as my mentors were way back then, I am seeing things from a whole new perspective. What a responsibility we have to each other. God Bless!

  9. Jenny what a thought provoking post! Even though I did not realize it growing up, my father was a tremendous mentor for me. Even though I was rebellious and not really interested in what he had to say at the time. Fast forward 30 years later and i have recommitted my life to Christ. I hope to be a mentor and encourager to anyone that I go leads me to. I found your site today via Intentional Tuesday. I love what you do here and have become a subscriber too. May God continue to richly bless you and yours!

  10. That knowledge – it’s priceless, Jenny. You’re right and God’s word certainly is. How sweet of your mother-in-law to take you under her wing and share her knowledge. I imagine you make the most delicious meals and goodies now – all because one woman was willing to share. Oh to be like that – all of us. Visiting via #tellHisstory.

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