Chapter 28 ~ Getting Ready for the Great Responsibility

by Shelley Noonan

For most females it starts very early. This God-created desire is seen in our imaginary games, heard in the sweet little lullabies we sing and even revealed by the toys we choose when we are just wee little girls.

We play house,

we sing rock-a-by-baby

and we love our baby dolls.

The thumbprint of God can be seen in the way women were designed to nurture. This hard wiring  is revealed in how we interact with puppies, baby birds, kittens, and even little brothers and sisters.  The root word of nurture is to nourish. The role of nourishing our children with loving, godly care leaves an impact on our children’s lives and on the lives of the generations to come.

You remember the old adage, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.”  Yet, in recent years it has become out of vogue to hone homemaking and mothering  skills and in style to become accomplished in areas that take a women outside her home.

How do we prepare for this role nurturer? Just as a great musician, artist or mathematician spends enormous time and effort developing  their skills, so does a woman who desires to be a keeper of her home and a mother to her children. It is hard but rewarding work.  There are so many opportunities to develop these skills during the years of transition from girlhood to womanhood. Author Margaret Elizabeth  Sangster stated it this way. “There is much room for tillage  in the home vineyard.” And that is why, this week, as you and your daughter are working through The Companion Guide to Beautiful Girlhood, look for everyday ways she can prepare herself for the great responsibilities that are in her future.

Praising God for the responsibility of children, husband, and home,




Bible Memory: Titus 2:3-5

 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.

Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,

to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.


1. Read Titus 2:3-5. Make a list of 5 things you want to work on. Then make a list of 5 things you would like to teach your daughter. Ask the Lord to give you creative ways to learn and to teach your daughter these skills!

2 Do you have a chore chart, menu, shopping list, meal plan in place? If so, allow and encourage your daughter to step into one or two new roles. For example, help her plan a meal, go shopping for it and help her prepare it. Need extra help? I have a CD that has 7 reproducible charts to help you and your daughter organize this training time! Beyond Beautiful Girlhood Charts.


One of my favorites places that help us to get our daughter’s ready for the greatest responsibility of all!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa Culver April 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I don’t remember receiving this in my email. I will have to check my spam settings to make sure that I am still getting these lovely treasures. I have missed several in the last few weeks. Keep up the faithful work–endeavoring to please Him. Smiles, m


Shelley April 18, 2012 at 11:37 am

Hello Melissa,
I don’t want you to miss a thing. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you get our posts!


Melissa Culver April 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I will sign up under a different email address and see if that helps.


Sarah April 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm

That is so neat. I now want to look even deeper within my inner woman. I`m only 12 so I am still looking at how to become a godly, praise-worthy woman and this study has sure helped me.
Thanks so much,
Sarah 🙂


Bonni April 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I just ‘found’ your blog! I’m very glad that I did! My three daughters are now 15, 17, and 19 and it is WONDERFUL to see how they are taking the MANY hours of Godly training and living them out as young Christian women. They thank me for emphasizing the importance of developing Godly character!! I started my blog to encourage young moms. The effort we make as young moms is WELL WORTH IT!!


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