As with many of you, I met September McCarthy over the authentic table-cloth of her online hospitality. She welcomed me in and shared with me some of her most intimate mothering moments. Each picture posted of her large family reminded me to make intentional memories with my own little clan. And those times she whispered wisdom, hewn from the rocky places of her heart’s own suffering… she pointed my heart to her Healer.
Again and again I am amazed at the gospel-power bound up in this online space.
Women who are bloggers and book writers, and non-writers too, are reaching out to young moms online with the sincerest encouragement. Uploading pictures to Instagram with a simple prayer of thanksgiving. Hand-lettering a scripture promise and sharing it on Facebook. Writing out stories of the low-places each mothering day, with the desire to share the only One able to lead us to the high-places!
Christian women at home today are using their creative gifts to speak into the lives of today’s mothering generation.
In our new book, Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom, Kelli Stuart and I share the stories of real women who are presently sharing their talents (smack-dab in the midst of motherhood) as unto the glory of God.
I believe that our “in His image” creativity is linked so beautifully to our Great Commission call out into the world! Starting at home with our children, singing songs and telling stories, setting up easels and scrapbooking their memories. From there we venture out into our local cul-de-sac communities, our children’s schools and sports teams, hosting parties and giving gifts. And finally, out into the world in this digital age, posting our testimonies of faith online for all to see!
Are you passionate about sharing your faith with your family at home and your friends beyond? I’ll tell you this: They’re hungry for what you have to offer.
Here’s an excerpt from Life Creative where I got to share just a snippet of September’s story. May it inspire you to embrace the call to be a Titus 2 woman in this digital age.
“Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” (Titus 2:3–5)
Something remarkable has happened in this digital generation: mentors, as described in Titus 2, are now flourishing in our virtual midst. Funny thing is, many of them aren’t much older than we are. In fact, some of these mentors are practically our peers—women like September McCarthy, who may have a couple years of growth and learning on new moms but is still deep in the trenches herself, raising ten children in the rural hills of upstate New York.
While her lap is often full of little people, and the countertops hold a menagerie of bottled bugs and frogs in cardboard boxes, September isn’t content to hoard her wisdom for herself, but rather extends it outward like a lifeline. Uniquely attuned to the needs of hurting women, she is quick to invite readers to journey along with her to the high places of hope and healing.
Having traversed the heartbreaking road of miscarriage four times along with three full-term infant losses, September understands the deep aching places, and she longs to point others toward God’s tender love in the midst of it all. She is also passionate about raising up the next generation to know and love that same faithful Father. With all this in mind, September founded an annual national conference, aptly named Raising Generations Today. Gathering writers and speakers to minister to moms face-to-face, these creative communicators encourage younger women “to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored” (Titus 2:4–5).
Of course, one mom with ten children cannot possibly pour into hundreds of others on a daily basis. And so September uses social media as a means to reach out to the world. This is the faithful pouring out of a Titus 2 woman living boldly in this digital age.
But homebound writers aren’t the only ones encouraging women today. Christian artisans are making jewelry, baking pies, and sharing their estate sale finds—all the while using their social media platforms “to teach what is good.”
Sweet friends, you don’t need silver hair to embrace this call to teach women what is good. You don’t have to be a book writer or a famous singer either. Simply commit to live your faith as authentically as you possibly can. And remember, your children aren’t the only ones watching – so are your “friends” online.
Let’s use our influence to touch the lives of those around us who are Raising Generations Today!
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