Monday, May 3, 2010

She shall be saved in childbearing???

Bill and I are teaching through the New Testament to our workers. (Pastor Pelegrino and Pendo.) We are currently in the book of 1 Timothy. As we studied chapter 2 about the roles of women and men in the church we came to verse 15. "Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety." Of course we know from studying other verses that this isn't talking about obtaining salvation by the works of bearing children. Some would say it refers to a woman being the one to give birth to the Messiah, however, the commentary I read says that in the context it is referring to the fact that although women are not permitted roles of leadership within the church, she has the important role of training godly children in her home.

Let us not forget how important our role as wife and mother is. God did not make a mistake when He gave us the great responsibility of motherhood. Just this morning I got the sweetest message from my oldest son Tim who is attending Heartland Baptist Bible College. He said, "I love you guys so much, Mom and Dad! Thank you for being such amazing, God-fearing parents! God has blessed me more than I can ever thank Him for because of you guys!" I didn't write that to toot my own horn. I write it because I know that when our children are little we often don't hear thank you's. I just want to say DON'T GIVE UP! Even when it is hard, just keep pressing on; keep loving them, training them, and preparing them for their future life. Don't lose sight of the fact that the days of diapers and spills will come to an end. If we don't grow weary and faint, we will reap what we sow.

Proverbs 31:28a "Her children arise up, and call her blessed..."

Ladies Seminar

This past Saturday I had the joy of teaching, along with my fellow teammate Lisa Newland, and two other pastor's wives at a ladies seminar in Nyasaka. We taught on Silaha za Mungu (The Armor of God). Each of us took a different piece of the armor and taught on it. I gave the introduction to the lesson and spoke on our enemies. 1. The World, 2. Our Flesh, and 3. Satan, as well as the Belt of Truth.

When I got up to teach I introduced myself. I told them, I am a mother just like you. I stay at home and take care of my husband and children. They all clapped! Ahh, here is a teacher they could relate with! I explained that since my main job is taking care of my home, my Swahili may not be as good as I would like. They were so gracious. They were just happy to have me there. They helped me along as I made mistakes, pronounced things incorrectly, or used a word that wasn't appropriate. It was a great encouragement to me.