The power of words is usually considered undisputed truth. How to correctly use the power of words, on the other hand, is an endless source of fierce debate.
I ran across a fresh flurry of opinion, argument, and ruffled feathers over at Femina this week over the seemingly innocuous subject of journaling.
In the spirit of Titus 2, Nancy made some keen observations and suggestions for younger women:
1. Despite current trends and propaganda, journaling"is not a spiritual duty or the key to super-spirituality. In fact, it may very well be a snare."Although the author made some thought- provoking and insightful points (lots more than the few I highlighted here), what I appreciated most about the essay was that it is such a perfect example of how to be a Titus 2 woman. An woman of experience in the Faith humbly and generously sharing words of wisdom with the next generation.
2. "Spending hours reflecting on yourself is not wise. Dumpster diving in your soul only makes you feel worse... Set your mind and heart on things above!"
3. If journaling helps you focus on things to be grateful for, records sweet memories or events for later recollection or serves to help you grow spiritually by ruminating on your experiences or Bible time, then it is something to be commended and continued. If you record things you would never want anyone else to see - bitterness, unkind words or useless self-recrimination - stop! Burn the pages and train yourself to break that destructive habit.
(Read the whole post here.)
The Internet (and presumably therefore modern churches) teems with women craving mentors to share with them keys to building good practices, strong homes and happy families. It's tremendously encouraging to see women stepping in to fill that gap without politics, pride or judgment!
I know Nancy over at Femina isn't alone in this - where have you seen a Titus 2 woman recently?
PS - Lisa-Jo over at (in)courage has started a Five-Minute Friday habit and you're invited to join in! Follow the link to see what its all about, read some of the great submissions from other writers and link up your own!