For the past three years, I have hosted a Titus 2-style girls club for my daughter. We have invited a handful of other moms and their daughters to join us in a summer-long journey to learn who we ARE in God's eyes and who we ARE BECOMING as Proverbs 31 women.
I know that apart from developing a love for God and a love for others within my daughter, my PRIMARY job as a mother is to work my way out of a job. Knowing that Sweetie Pea is now nearly half-way through her time as a young lady within my home, I have resolved to provide intentional training time to ensure she will be...to the best of my ability...prepared to be a keeper of the home.
I recognize that she may or may not be a wife someday. And, she may or may not become a mother. But, regardless of marital or motherly status, she WILL have a home and will need to learn how to KEEP it.
According to Titus 2:3-5, I, as an "older woman", am commanded to pass along a Godly heritage of being "busy at home" to the "younger" women. I count it a privilege to share "what is good" with my very own daughter.
My goal for this summer-long club is to put forth INTENTIONAL focus on both the spiritual and the practical aspects exemplified in the Proverbs 31 passage.
To assist me with the "spiritual" of my two-part goal, I choose a book to act as a companion guide to our discussion. This year, I purchased Lady in Waiting for Little Girls: Strengthening the Heart of Your Princess by Jackie and Dede Kendall. The book is broken down into 10 character qualities of a Godly young lady. A short story, example verses, a few suggested crafts, and a short prayer complete each chapter. Although I use the book as a resource, I often deviate from the recommended stories and activities to provide a more personal application.
In previous years, Sweetie Pea and I have had the opportunity to invite a few non-homeschooled friends to join in our summer fun. This year, we were excited to welcome all our girl friends from our homeschool co-op.
Most of these young ladies are the only girls in households of many boys. So our bi-weekly meetings provide a brief opportunity to dress in our prettiest and enjoy the frills of ALL THINGS PINK.
Although each meeting will look slightly different, they will each have the following basic elements: a character theme, an example of that character from a woman in the Bible, a tea party type snack, a short lesson on a particular table manner or hospitality skill, and a small handcraft.
A couple weeks ago, we gathered for our very first meeting of the season.
We learned that just as a young lady desires to smell pretty to others, she should seek to smell pretty to God. 2 Corinthians 2:15 tells us that our aroma comes from our Christ-likeness...our obedience. God has given us a training ground for obedience to Him. It comes in the form of obedience to our earthly authorities, our parents. The girls were challenged to seek opportunities throughout the coming week to be obedient to their moms and dads.
Biblical Example: Mary, the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:26-38)
Even though she was obviously frightened, when called upon to become the mother of the Son of God, Mary obeyed.
Tea Party Snack: fruit kabobs with chocolate pudding dip
Table Manners/Hospitality Skills:
• The drinking glass is always placed in the upper right corner of the table setting.
• When passing a drink pitcher to someone, always pass it with the handle away from you.
• When passing a bowl/plate of food, always pass with the serving spoon pointing away from you and towards the other person.
• Never begin eating unless the entire table has been served, the hostess is seated, and she begins to eat.
Handcraft: Mommy and Me Journals
I explained to the girls that God gave them each a Godly example of a Proverbs 31 woman in the person of their very own mother. By seeking the counsel and accountability of her mom, one of God's girls has a better chance of choosing "what is good." A Mommy and Me Journal can be a great way of keeping those communication lines open.
Since Sweetie Pea and I already have a journal, she decorated one for her own personal journaling efforts.
To make a jounal:
• Using Modge Podge, cover the front side of a composition notebook with a piece of scrapbook paper.
• Cut another piece of coordinating paper that is three inches wider than the first.
• Modge Podge this to the back of the notebook.
• Wrap the additional three inches of paper around to the front.
• Affix a sticker or decorative element in the lower right-hand corner of the front.
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