BrightSpot is a time of fellowship for women of all ages.
Titus 2:3-5, 10 – the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. 10 … that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
The study Adorned by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth was a life changer for me. This fourteen-week study on Titus 2:3-5, 10 (yes, fourteen weeks on four verses) convicted me in such a way that I want to model the example of the Titus 2 women to others in my life today.
Week by week, I was learning more about what a godly woman looked like, how she behaved, and how she was to teach the younger women. One morning while praying, I asked God to bring a young woman into my life that I could disciple, and it was like a bolt of lightning struck, and God put it on my heart that He already had. He gave me Gracie! From that moment on, He gave both Gracie and me a desire and opportunity to homeschool. I love that I get to train her in the way of the Lord, surrounded by like-minded families in our homeschool community. Gracie has grown to love it so much that she recently told me that when she has kids, she will have them in Classical Conversation, too (our homeschool community).
Along with learning to love being a homeschool mom and homemaker, the part about the older women and younger women coming together was so convicting that I started a weekly coffee date with a couple of older ladies from my church in Meridian, Idaho.
Our weekly meetings became such a blessing for the three of us. These ladies shared their life stories with me and taught me how to love my husband and daughter, be a good homemaker, and honor God in all these things. We prayed regularly for one another and encouraged and loved one another. One became my spiritual mom, and the other an older sister. It was a very special season of my life.
During summer, when bible studies end, my “older sister” and I wanted to create a time for women’s fellowship, both older and younger. We planned a gathering, one day a month, in the park. This way, the kids could play while the moms visited. We gathered in the park with blankets, chairs, picnic baskets, and an open heart. We sang, presented a devotion, then broke up into pairs – an older woman with a younger one – and learned about each other, then prayed together. It was a bright spot to look forward to in the summer, hence where the name comes from, BrightSpot.
I have since moved to Cascade, Idaho, and have brought the tradition with me. Partnering with another spiritual mom, she and I encourage all women to unite during BrightSpot. I pray that the older women will teach the younger and build new relationships, adorning the doctrine of God and honoring Him in all we do.