This interview is part of our “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow in the Life of…” series. The interviewees share how their past has shaped who they are today as well as who they hope to be in the future. If you’d like to participate, just send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll send you a questionnaire!
Today’s interview is with Lauren of Titus 2 Moments:
1. Looking back on your childhood, what events do you think shaped who you are today?
My parents taught me to love God from home, but they also had my brother and me in church literally every time the doors were open. Nothing prepared me better to accept Christ than to have a heritage of faith on both sides of my family and to regularly see other adults in church who loved God. I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was seven years old.
Both sets of my grandparents lived a good distance from my family, so I spent a large amount of time with my “adopted grandmother”, Cora, who gave me the ability to laugh through difficult circumstances. The sense of humor I have comes completely from her.
2. Were you always an intentional biblical woman?
No. I remember coming to my senses about biblical womanhood while attending my Southern Baptist college. A few years later, Titus 2 really began to speak to my heart about my need to find other women to teach me how to live.
3. How would you describe yourself today?
Determined, disciplined, striving, but still often failing, Christian. Pastor’s wife, stay-at-home mom of four. Beach lover, obsessed with fixing little girls’ hair in new ways, dabbler in running and flower gardening. I’m very opinionated, but I seek to make sure my opinions are formed from the word of God.
4. What do you most love about your life?
I love being my husband’s helper more than anything else. Part of that job description involves being the primary caretaker of our children, and I’m so glad God has entrusted them to us as their parents!
5. What would other people be surprised to know about you?
I have a crazy, rabid, competitive nature! The first time I participated in games at a Christmas party with the ladies in the church my husband and I serve, I think the older ladies especially wondered what kind of pastor’s wife I must be to want to win so badly!
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
I see myself still doing the same things in five years, loving and nurturing our family, but growing. I hope I finally learn to sew, and I always to cook and try more recipes. I want to be better in every domestic skill.
In ten years – aack! – I see myself as the mother of three teenage girls and a preteen boy. That will be a strange world! Hopefully, I won’t be premenopausal because the men in our home may retreat into hiding somewhere with all the hormones that will be raging with the teenage girls! I trust God to see each of them come to know Jesus as their Savior (one already has), so I expect those teenage years to be happy years.
One day, I’d love to be a lactation consultant because really, aren’t the days following the birth of a newborn some of the most stessful days of life? It seems like it’d be a great ministry to new moms! I also really love speaking and teaching other women, and I’ve had some opportunities, but maybe that will grow more in the years to come.
7. What legacy do you hope to leave behind?
I want others to learn from my life that God’s grace is sufficient and is empowering. He equips His believers to be bold and do whatever it takes to live as He’s called us. I hope others can see that pursing our relationship with God, loving and helping our husbands, and training our children to love Christ can be all the fulfillment we need as Christian women.
Lauren and her husband, Clint, have four great children and serve a loving church in Georgia. Lauren is a stay-at-home mom seeking to live out the commands of Titus 2:3-5 by both teaching younger women and learning from older women. You can find her blogging at Titus 2 Moments.