A few weeks ago, I promised to share with you who the Titus 2 women are in my life. If you missed my introduction to this project, please read it now: My Titus 2 Project – Introduction
I find that there have been so many influential women in my life throughout the years and even now that it’s difficult to choose who to feature. I’d like to start first with sharing about the women in my life who I’m related to either by blood or by marriage.
My mother, of course, was the first Titus 2 woman in my life. She raised me to love the Lord and she showed me how to love my husband and my children. Although she died when my daughter was only two, missed the birth of my son, and hasn’t been around for the majority of my parenting years, I learned how to love my children because she always loved me. Even though I talked her ears off and argued with her way too much as a teenager, she never made me feel ugly or unloved. For that, I’m grateful.
God blessed me with a wonderful mother-in-law. She’s been a mom to me since 1986, since my husband first brought me to dinner as his new girlfriend. She stepped in when my mom died and showed me how to be a wife and mother when life seemed to be too much to handle. She babysat my children and always encouraged me to “date” my husband. She’s never had a wandering eye and that has helped me to remember my commitment to my husband, her son. She’ll do anything for you and would give you the shirt off her back. What an awesome example she is!
I have a sprinkling of wonderful aunts, as well, who I don’t get to see often enough but who have always been women to look up to.
The grandmothers in my life will always hold a special place in my heart. My paternal grandmother died when I was ten years old. My maternal grandmother is still alive at 101 years old! I’m blessed to have these two women in my family tree—women who loved their husbands and families first, after God. My husband’s two grandmothers were amazing women who always showed me love and welcomed me into the family the first time my husband brought me to their homes. They knew no distinction between blood and marriage. If you were in, you were family. They both loved to laugh and make sure you weren’t hungry or thirsty.
I have two sisters. One is my actual sister and the other is my “sister-from-another-mister” (aka sister-in-law). They’ve always loved me, listened to me ramble on, laughed at my jokes, and never made me feel fat. That’s priceless!
Although I have faltered in so many ways at being a Titus 2 woman and am striving every day to be more influential in a positive way, I can definitely say God gave me fertile ground in which to grow the seeds for future generations.
So…tag, you’re it! Until I return with my next installment of this project, it’s your turn to find the Titus 2 women in your life.