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We all know the type. Those women who dare give us advice on how to take care of our children. Or maybe we are the ones giving the advice and we are feeling a bit under appreciated. Now I know it is easy to say that those handling out the advice and I also know that is it is easy to say those receiving the advice should be a bit more grateful but what does the Bible say?
God’s Word Says:
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
The older women are suppose to offer their words of wisdom. Though they are on a different season of life they have been right where we are. They have seen those days when the kids make you want to run. They have seen those days when things just seem to do nothing but grow wrong. Their wisdom can help us with our children, marriages and life in general. This is how God designed it.
Delivering The Advice:
- Make sure the advice is being delivered out of love: It is hard to take advice if someone is telling you something from a “know it all ” stand point. And when this advice is given that way most times that advice will not be used.
- Make sure you are offering advice that has been asked for: Often advice isn’t received well because the advice is unwanted. For example: Turning around and telling a mom who is struggling with getting their child to sit still through church that in your day you made your kids mind is not helping and not wanted advice. When a mom wants help believe me she will ask.
- While handing out advice throw in a compliment: I love it when others share their wisdom with me along with personal stories. It also never hurts when they throw in a compliment because when they do it gives me a little boost in confidence.
Accepting the Advice:
- Listen with an open mind: Those who are offering the advice are only trying to help.
- Be willing to step outside your comfort zone: Providing the person is a good role model what would it hurt to test out some of their ideas? Use their idea to build something to work for you.
- Be sure to show a little gratitude: Those who are reaching out to you are really just trying to help you. Be sure to tell them thank you.
As women we need to stick together and grow from each other. Embrace the advice we are given by other and pass on your knowledge with others with love.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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