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God's Priorities for Today's Woman - by Hughes, Lisa

Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2011. 233pp.
Christy Murphy, wife of TMS student Bryan Murphy; Kara Mia Dexter, wife of TMS student Chad Dexter

Christy Murphy: “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

Women today face many responsibilities and expectations. Whether young or old, working out of the home or in the home, single or married, with or without children, each day can present struggles for women as we decide which tasks to accomplish and how to do them. This can be both challenging and frustrating at times. Yet, God’s Word is faithful in teaching us how to prioritize our daily lives.

In her book God’s Priorities For Today’s Woman, Lisa Hughes applies Scriptures to daily practice. Mrs. Hughes covers topics such as personal spiritual growth, loving our husbands and children, and living sensible, self-controlled lives. She guides readers through Titus 2:3-5 phrase by phrase and identifies not only our God-given priorities, but also the attitudes God requires for believers to fulfill those priorities. For example, we are not simply to “do,” but to “look forward” to doing; not just “love,” but to “delight in love.” Along with teaching God’s truth, Mrs. Hughes shares examples from her life as well as from the lives of others. Each chapter includes questions that provoke self-examination such as, “What does the Bible say … Have you thought … Is it necessary … Do you…?” She makes it very easy to understand how we can apply God’s priorities for women each day. “We are His Daughters. Let’s give ourselves to His priorities –for His sake, that the Word of God may not be dishonored. (p 228)”

Any woman, regardless of her stage or circumstance in life will find Lisa Hughes' book to be a helpful resource. Reading this book will cause women to evaluate whether or not they are seeking God’s priorities. Also included at the end of each chapter are helpful study questions which can be used for personal or group studies.

Kara Mia Dexter: God wants His children to be solidly grounded in the truths of His Word so that they can withstand whatever false teaching the world brings their way. Too many Christian women think this will happen by osmosis--that they will somehow “catch it” from growing up in Christian homes or faithfully attending church, but doctrine is something that must be sought out with diligence. Sound doctrine is a training of the mind through the Word and it must be intentional and a priority! Godʼs priorities for us are unchanging and never outdated and we are commanded to know them!

Lisa Hughes helps us understand God's priorities for us in her excellent book about the role and calling of women as revealed in Titus 2:3-5. In the book God’s Priorities For Today’s Woman, she challenges her readers to embrace His priorities as their own for “it’s only when we follow His ways that we experience soul-satisfying comfort, peace, and hope” (p. 7).

The author answers the questions “What are God’s priorities for us anyway and what do they look like in a woman’s life?” by carefully defining and explaining such biblical priorities as living sensibly, pursuing purity, loving submission, and caring for your home, dedicating a chapter to each topic. She emphasizes that establishing a biblical mindset in each of these areas helps govern godly living and challenges our thinking through study questions at the end of each chapter.

Mrs. Hughes reminds us that the lifestyle of a Christian woman (no matter what her age or stage in life) should reflect the Savior in such a way that others, especially her husband and children, are drawn to Christ. Christianity is to be a fragrant aroma to those with whom it comes into contact.

It is a weighty thought to realize that our behavior can glorify God, causing others to imitate and yearn to have that kind of relationship with Him or can dishonor Him by making it appear that Christians are no different than the rest of the world. If we make it the prayer of our hearts that we would live in a way that reflects the Savior, the Spirit of God is able to do a transforming work in every aspect of our life, so that the Word of God will NOT be dishonored (Titus 2:5c).

After reading this book, I find myself loving this important lesson: “As you willingly live out God’s priorities, your life brings honor to the Lord” (p. 224)

If you are a woman who desires to live out God’s priorities in your life, I recommend this short but very insightful book to you! My prayer is for each one of us to live out the purpose of our lives “to give God glory in all we say and do” (p. 224). What an honor! What a joy!

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