About 9 years ago, before my hubby and I had any children, I met a wonderful godly older woman. She was a huge blessing to me and became my Titus 2 teacher. It was the first time in many years that there had been someone with a vision for her family that I could relate to. There were others but none of them had spoken of the blessing of family like she did. She spoke of how since moving to Cape Town, she had seen such a fear of childbirth among the women in the churches. She said there was such a spiritual stronghold in Cape Town over the area of childbirth. Nowhere else had she seen such fear of childbirth and so many elective caesarians.
She encouraged me in my desire to have my first and all other babies at home (at that time God had being doing a huge work in my and hubby’s hearts – going from fear of childbirth to great health and hope – and from not having much desire for children to wanting them desperately!)
Marlene encouraged me to trust God with my desire to have a positive joyful childbirth testimony to encourage others with.
After a few years, she and her family moved away from Cape Town South Africa to Nashville, Tennessee.
I was very sad and I cried out to the Lord “Who would be my mentor, my teacher and my encouragement?” God whispered in my heart that I should be still before Him – the all-sufficient one.
Then a friend of mine said that the Lord had very clearly given her a scripture for me..
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” John 12 v 24
She wasn’t aware of my heart’s cry but she said she felt God saying I must let go and God would provide.
I thought: “But you don’t understand, Lord – those type of women are few and far between. I don’t know of any other older women who have a great vision for their families!”
I decided to leave it in God’s hands – although now and then I wondered: “Who would inspire me with my family? How would I grow as a mother? Who would I draw from? Who would help me on my mothering journey and teach me what I needed to know? Who would show me what they had done so I could learn from their lives and be inspired to great things within my family!”
It is now six years later and God has been so faithful – He has done far more than I could ever ask or think! He is indeed the all-sufficient one and there are seasons in our lives when its just Him and us and He is enough! I love Marlene dearly but we seldom have contact now as she is busy with the ministry God has given her there and I am busy with our precious little ones.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” Ephesians 3 v 20
God has provided and I have had everything I have needed in the absence of “in the flesh” women I have had some incredible women teach, inspire, encourage and mentor me.
I’d like to introduce you to some of them so that you can be blessed too!
Some wonderful older women who are far down the road and have large families and grandchildren are:
1. TERI MAXWELL of Titus2.com. I have love “getting to know” the inspiring Maxwell family through reading their books, following their lives and ministry through their blog, gleaning much from Teri’s monthly Mom’s corners has been a huge blessing and equipped me in so many ways. I have loved her books: Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit, Manager of their Homes, Chores and Schools, Keeping our Children’s Hearts and my hubby has loved reading Steve Maxwell’s books: “Raising Sons to Support a Single Income Family” and “Redeeming the Time” and “Feed my Sheep”.
2. NANCY CAMPBELL of Above Rubies. The Above Rubies magazines were what really started a “different from the norm” journey for us. Would you believe I had never even heard of a family with more than 5 children until I first read those magazines about 5 years ago. I love the encouraging stories from Mom’s everywhere and the wise teaching of Nancy on how to be a better wife and mother.
Then there are those who are still growing their families, still growing in their mothering journeys but with wonderful large families, lots of experience, lots of heart and LOTS of wisdom:
3. Linnie from BACK TO ANCIENT WAYS: Linnie distributes the Above Rubies Magazine in South Africa and has a BIG heart to bless, encourage, challenge and help mothers in their calling. Her husband owns our local Health Shop, which is like no other health shop in the way he cares and invests in the lives of his customers. Their eight children are an inspiration. Linnie shares her struggles, her joys, her challenges, the answers God gives her and her journey at Back to Ancient Ways. Heidi-Mari, her oldest daughter is amazingly creative and such a beautiful example of a young lady for the Lord – Heidi’s Crafts. Linnie has inspired me to stand up for what I believe about family in the face of persecution from others, she has taught me much about homeschooling and about delighting in your children and “wearing your baby!” She is a passionate person who does everything wholeheartedly and I so love hearing what is on her heart. She is honest and open and real and she draws you into her journey. I am so thankful to the Lord for her!
4. Kimberly from RAISING OLIVES: This year I came across the blog Raising Olives and “got to know” Kimberly and her wonderful family a little bit through all her blog writings. She is such a blessing to me and is so full of wisdom and encouragement as she raises her 10 children. They have inspired us so much in our Bible memorization, homeschool methods, talking to our children, keeping our children’s hearts and being available to them, and also many practical things such as decorating and organizing. I go to her blog archives whenever I need advice about something, encouragement or fresh wisdom and ideas. Thank you Kimberly!
I really believe God has brought these women into my life through their blogs as an answer to my prayer many years ago. There are others that have encouraged me too and I am so grateful and very blessed by His faithfulness!
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Titus 2 v3-5