Aprons & Pearls Linkup

A bit late today. This week has gotten away from me.
 On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

  • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
  • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
  • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
  • Leave as many as you like.
  • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
  • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.
The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
fe0da277-145a-4965-b39e-a835bbc51409
Now, to the link-up!


The 2017 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

This post contains affiliate links. This does not change the price of the item, but i get a small commission when you purchase through my link.

Unfortunately the 2017 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is no longer available, but the 2018 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is out until the 10th of September.

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2018

What are you waiting for? Get on your way to a healthier you today!

Aprons & Pearls Linkup

Can you believe autumn is just around the corner? Where has this year gone?
I have some exciting things that I hope to share with you in the next couple of months. I have so many posts I want to get written. Since our youngest is running (literally) around at 10 months, I do not know how fast it will happen.
What are your favorite autumn activities? I am making our Autumn Bucket list this week. I will be sharing that when it’s done.
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

  • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
  • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
  • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
  • Leave as many as you like.
  • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
  • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.
The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
fe0da277-145a-4965-b39e-a835bbc51409
Now, to the link-up!


The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

fe0da277-145a-4965-b39e-a835bbc51409
A busy week here at Timeless Mama. Yesterday I started my post on The Titus 2 Woman. The next part has been published over at Woman of Noble Character. I have shared How to Find a Mentor in the past, but wanted to do more on the Titus 2 Woman.
We managed to knock a few more things off our summer bucket list. Now I need to plan our autumn one.
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

  • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
  • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
  • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
  • Leave as many as you like.
  • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
  • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.
The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
fe0da277-145a-4965-b39e-a835bbc51409
Now, to the link-up!


The Titus Two Woman

The Titus 2 Woman (1)

The Titus 2 Woman

We hear a lot about the Proverbs 31 woman, and rightly so. She is an example of excellence in managing a household.
We hear less about the Titus 2 woman though. While “she” is just instructions for women, they are instructions for women. I decided to write this series a while back, but with so little extra time it has just been on the back burner.
I recently did a short study on Titus with some ladies from church and it really got me digging deep into the word. Studying the words. Now I am just going to try to get all of my Bible study notes into something readable.
Please grab your tea (or coffee if you drink it) and get comfy. This will be more than one post, and part of it will be guest posted.

Read Titus

Before we jump in, please take a few minutes to pray and read over Titus. At 3 short chapters, it is not too hard to do.

Background

Qualifications for elders, instructions for the young and old, and instructions for godly living make up the bulk of Titus.
Titus has traveled with Paul, and delivered other letters. He was a gentile believe, and even went to Jerusalem with Paul as an example of the non-Jewish Christians (Galatians 2:1-4). Titus is in Crete, helping set up the new church.

Laying the Groundwork

I am not doing too much of the word-study stuff with the text preceding Titus 2:3-5, but I do want to go back to before the “but” and “likewise” (which means that what comes before it related).
Paul give instructions for the qualification of elders. He goes on to Titus 1:15-16, which is where we will pickup.

To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.

They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.

Titus 1:15-16 NASB

Over and over in Scripture makes it clear that our actions speak louder than words (Matthew 5:16; 7:21-23, 1 John 3:18, James 1:22; 2:17; 3:13 to name a few). Here it makes it pretty clear.

I found this challenging to me. Have I let my mind become defiled? Do my deeds line up with what I say?

But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.

Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.

Titus 2:1-2

The word used for older here translates to:

  1. an old man, an aged man

  2. ambassador

As Christians, we are all ambassadors of Christ. I need to be more mindful of that fact.
The word used for sensible is sōphrōn, which translates to:

  1. of a sound mind, sane, in one’s senses

  2. curbing one’s desires and impulses, self-controlled, temperate

Am I self-controlled?
The word used for sound translates:

  1. to be sound, to be well, to be in good health

  2. metaph.

    1. of Christians whose opinions are free from any mixture of error

    2. of one who keeps the graces and is strong

Do I allow anything other than God to mix into my walk? I have shared that What You Eat Matters, am I letting in things that are contrary to God’s word?

The Titus 2 Woman

Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

Titus 2:3-5

Women are to likewise be reverent in their behavior.
What does that even mean?
The word used for reverent is hieroprepēs, which translates  “as becoming or befitting for one of God”.

Is my demeanor, deportment, bearing (behavior) befitting one of God?

Gossip

That word alone could have its own post. Some women in the church do outright gossip, which is wrong, but how many times have we shared ‘prayer requests’ and gone into gory details?

Enslaved to Much Wine

Enslaved is literally to make one a slave, to reduce to bondage. When it feels like you need a glass, that you cannot get through the night/day without one, it is time to step back and think about that. (I do not believe it is necessarily sinful to partake of wine, but excess, or even if it is coming before God-saying we need a glass of wine instead of we need Jesus-is that because He is not enough? I guess the wine topic could use its own post as well, but let us get back to the text at hand!).

Teaching What is Good

Teaching is an intentional act most of the time. We cannot just expect our kids to see us reading a book and figure out reading that way. We must show them, purpose to teach them. Often, more is caught than taught. Which means we must be intentional about our time together. Purposing to pass on these things to other women. We must live our lives to be models of the Gospel, and all good things.

Encourage

Encourage is something that gets thrown around a lot these days. Usually we expect a warm, fuzzy feeling when we are ‘encouraged’.
Here is the word sōphronizō, which means:

  1. restore one to his senses

  2. to moderate, control, curb, disciple

  3. to hold one to his duty

  4. to admonish, to exhort earnestly

Sounds pretty different. Today we love the ‘judge not’ philosophy, do we not? Again this could be another post, but Scripture does say that we need to hold brothers and sisters in Christ accountable (Galatians 6:1, Titus 3:10, 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Our hearts and motives need to be in the right place.
The flip side to that is that those who are being encouraged need to be teachable and willing to learn.
I wrote about Finding a Mentor last year.

Younger Women

Younger in age, or even spiritually. And just because we are the younger woman, does not mean that we cannot pour into others (1 Timothy 4:12).
Have you ever seen pictures of a tower of champagne glasses at a fancy party? The champagne is poured in the top glass and over flows into countless ones beneath it? That’s what I picture when I think of how we are supposed to be poured into and, in turn, pour into others.

Love Their Husbands

One day I will have a boat load of posts inspired by this one!
In this day and age, marriage is sadly often seen as disposable. People “fall out of love” and forget the “till death do us part”. We think love should be the romantic, warm fuzzies.
I actually was just going to breeze by this one because it seems pretty straight forward, right?
The word used for love here is philandros, which is literally “loving her husband”, but the root of that is philos, which means:

I. Friend, to be friendly to one, wish him well

  1. a friend

  2. an associate

  3. he who associates familiarly with one, a companion

This is talking about being a friend and companion to your husband. It is not about warm fuzzies. It is not about romance. (I am not saying that these are bad things, but not what marriage should be based one. Such love is fleeting, not love like the Bible talks about. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Love Their Children

Philotekos– loving one’s offspring, being fond of one’s children. Are we fond of our children in today’s culture?
Quite a lot to chew on today.
Part two is now live over at  Woman of Noble Character.
Grace & Truth Linkup @godschicki