I am Jenny, wife of Pastor David Waldron and mother of our 7 children, aged 26 to 12, and I also write, speak and sometimes blog in any time left over!
God, by his grace, has called me to be a helpmeet to my husband, David, and mother to our seven children. I also help him in his pastoral ministry wherever and however I can, but my main focus is to help him to be the best pastor he can be. This means providing him with a home environment that is encouraging, inviting and a sanctuary for him and the children.
I am also conscious of taking care of my own spiritual, emotional and physical health. Spiritually, I cannot rely on my husband or anyone else, to “save” me but I have come to treasure having a close relationship with God by reading God’s Word, praying, and listening to His word preached (and I get to listen to my husband preach most Sundays) and reading good books. Emotionally, I need to be more self-controlled, (because there are so many things that just love to distract me and use up my time), loving to my husband and family. Physically, I have chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. This means I need to eat carefully, get good restful sleep, and pace myself. I rely on David to guide me as to what activities I can take on. I also try to exercise regularly but although my natural inclination is to not do any exercise, God has given me a husband that encourages me to get myself fit.
The purpose of this blog is to encourage women to live godly lives, to have better marriages, to love their children, to mentor, help and encourage other Christian women in their walk through life.
Older women, likewise are to be reverent in behaviour, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind and submissive to their own husbands, that the Word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2: 3-5 ESV
As I have thought about this passage recently, (as I have been asked to speak at our women’s annual meeting on the subject) I have realised that this is a subject we desperately need to be talking about. In the past, women met at the local well and shared wisdom and knowledge. In the 21st century we no longer do this, so where do we go? In Titus we find that we are to go to the older women in our church community and they are to be actively teaching younger women. And yet, many women, even in Christian circles, are often just trying to do the best they can with what they have and hope their marriages and children and life in general will turn out ok. Other women are contemplating going out to work because there is nothing else for them to do. We need to regain the biblical mandate for women helping women. How can we help? How can we be helped?
Mums, I encourage you to mentor your daughters. Older women in the church, actively look for opportunities to help, mentor, and encourage younger women in the Lord, passing on the faith from one generation to the next.