Friday, November 2, 2007

Book Review Friday: Titus

Edited to add my review....
First things first, if you'd like to join up with us we'll be reading the good old book of Colossians until next Friday. I was a little surprised to find that we haven't read it already. If you've been with us from the beginning you have read 28 books! Actually you have done more than just read them, you've gotten to know the Word so much better than you had before. And so we'll just keep running with the idea and get to know Colossians this week too. :)

My review will have to wait until this evening. We have a birthday to celebrate and homeschool group stuff all on the same day. Exciting times. :) I'll be back later to say what was in my brain this week because of Titus. For now you can add your own review to Mr.Linky for the other Book Review ladies to read. Have a great day & I'll see ya later.

Okay, I'm back now to write my not-so-deep review. It may not be anything new but it was a great help to me this week. It's all about focusing for me. That is a constant struggle, to stay focused on the right things. Every time someone mentions Titus the first verses I think of are from the first part of chapter 2. It talks to the older women and younger and what they are supposed to do and how they are to act. I love that it is so black and white. I need that. If you are young, married, or have children your life's work is laid out for you pretty clear. So my 'job from God' is to love my family, be godly and take care of my home. It sounds so simple but it's so desperately hard!!! All week long that simple statement about loving my family were constantly in my head and reprimanding many of the activities I chose throughout of the day. Many times I caught myself being selfish and wanting 'me time' when my family needed the mom up and ready for them. I caught myself letting them take care of themselves a little too much. Just because they can do it doesn't mean they should or that mommy can't be there with them for that quality time. I found myself making mommy too busy and unable to relax and enjoy fun times as a family because I was lazy earlier in the day and didn't work while I had the chance.
That 'loving' entails so much too, not just having fun and hugs and kisses. I need to be on top of 4 children's attitudes 24 hours a day and be looking deep into their hearts to be watching for where work needs to be done. Loving means teaching and training too.
This is just a snippet of what I've been thinking through. It's not deep but it's sooooo important. I want to be that woman of character that can be the example for my children to follow. I want to be aware of my own faults and be asking the Lord to change me, and I want to be aware of just what kind of kids my kids are so that I can be asking the Lord to give wisdom in how to train them.
As for Loving my husband, I need work. Being married has been the hardest thing I/we have ever done. Seriously, if it wasn't for the Lord I have no idea where we would be right now. I'm so glad the icky years are over now but even though our marriage has changed from night to day in the past few years, I/we still need work. But every marriage takes work, eh?! It's not all fun and games. :) It's books like Titus that remind me of what I am to be along my journey in these relationships. And for that I am thankful.
And another not so deep thing I had running through my brain was from 3:8 where it says, "...that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men." Just a little reminder from Paul to do the right thing, all the time. It's worth it.

So that's where I'll stop. If you endured my ramblings that were not so thought out but thought of a lot this week, hats off to you. :) Now I'll be waiting to see if a review makes it to Mr.Linky soon. :)

5 comments:

Seven said...

I read Titus (and so did my two eldest!). Lots of stuff to think on. Wish I had the time and motivation to collect my thoughts into a real review, but alas, that just isn't going to happen tonight! On to Colossians. These little NT books are so meaty - I expect to be overwhelmed yet again. :)

Kevin said...

Is this working?

Kevin said...

Okay...I'm on! Just wanted to ease your mind from your comment on my blog! :0) Oh my word - you are TOO funny! No, it's not you! Although, your comment totally reminded me of how my mind works! I appreciate your bluntness and your honesty on your blog! You are NOT disrespectful, mean, and spiteful! Ai yi yi! :0) You challenge and encourage me often.

Has it really been that long since we've seen each other? Wow1

Jenn said...

I just remembered I hadn't even read your review yet! But I was not disappointed. Probably because I can relate to alot of what you said. I mean, most of us probably can, eh? Being a godly wife and a mother is the hardest thing ever, EVER. Thanks for writing out your thoughts. I didn't think they were jumbled or rambled at all :)

Erin said...

Where is Mr Linky?

I did part of a review but can't see where to link to.