It's fitting that this new class corresponds with the beginning of my very favorite time of year: September, October, November, and December. I love this season!
The scripture basis for the class will be this:
"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 2:3-5
There was a time when I was one of the youngest women in the class. Not so anymore! Now I'm middle-aged, so am teaching the younger ones, but also still learning from the older ones. This passage is so good. Women learn from one another and that's what I want this new class to be about - sharing and learning from each other.
This new season of life I'm in, with two children gone and two still at home is weird. It's great to be able to have the youngest two and spend time just with them, but the house is quieter, less messy (Even though the youngest two say they are the messiest and it will be messy! Truthfully, I'm the messiest of them all!), and just different. Sitting at our huge dining table that seats 10 is just different with four. It's weird, but we will get used to it soon.
With each season of life, we have different ways that we can serve God. That will be another aspect of ladies' class this semester. When all of our children were young, I felt like I wasn't doing anything for others because I didn't have the time. Now that it's less busy, I can make meals for others, visit others, and do more "work" for the Lord. But I truly was working for Him when the kids were little. They were my work! And the two here at home now are still my work. Too many stop this work as the last one or two are left at home. The youngest can be neglected and spoiled in a way, left to do for himself/herself. I want to make sure that doesn't happen with ours. He'll need just as much guidance and supervision as the others have had - maybe more.
So what season of life are you in? Which has been your favorite? Which has been your least favorite? Reflect on those questions today. Take the time to share with someone else about your season of life. It's quite possible that something you have gone through and share will be something they needed to hear.