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Teach Me, O Woman, to Know

My husband recently pointed out something to me that I have been pondering....alot. He asked me why it is that women often seek to be instructed in the Scriptures by other women? Now, I know that he didn't mean that women should never teach or disciple other women, but in context what he was asking is: Why do many women lean so heavily upon ministries and teachers who are women instead of their own husbands, fathers, or pastors?
Of course there is the Titus 2 example for us to follow. 
"Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled."-Titus 2:3-5. (click here for context)
 I definitely crave the wisdom of godly older women in my own life, but he was asking a deeper question. Why, as women, are we more prone to take to searching for the counsel of women above that of men in our desire to grow in the knowledge of God? 
I am guilty of this as well, so don't feel like I'm throwing stones at you, they're more like boomerangs that will come back to bop me in the head no matter how hard I throw them. 
I know that there's a comfort level, especially about certain issues, and I think there are subjects and times when it is highly inappropriate for a woman to seek the lone counsel of a man outside of her husband or father, yet even in those circumstances many pastors will counsel women with the aid of an elder woman and I think should. 
Yet, the question still plagues me. Am I turning to women's ministries/women teachers/authors/*gulp* bloggers when I should be turning to the godly men I have been graciously given in my own life? 
"For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."-2 Timothy 3:6-7 (click here for context)
John Piper 
John MacArthur 
Albert Mohler 
I should tell you that most of my favorite authors and teachers are not women, and I believe that only men should pastor a church (1 Timothy 2:12 ). (These pictures and links are to the ministries of a few of my favorite living patriarchs of the church and preachers of the Word of God. I thank God for the wisdom He has given them, and they share with us!) I even find it hard sometimes to listen to or read after many female Christian authors or teachers, because, to be quite honest, I find many of them either misleading their followers (I believe unintentionally) and not going very deep into study or thought. I hate to make such disparaging remarks about my own sex, but am simply stating my experience, limited though it may be. 

To quote Elizabeth Bennett from "Pride and Prejudice", "I speak as I find." 
The mindset of many women seems to be to leave the serious study of things like doctrine and theology and even any serious study of the Bible to pastors and leaders. (I understand and acknowledge that this is a genderless problem in the body of Christ, plaguing many men as well.)
"Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?"-1 Corinthians 12:27-29 (click here for context)
My husband is wise in the Word of God, wiser than I often give him credit for, and often because he is right and I know it when I am wrong. I have a tendency to be cynical and hypercritical of everyone and everything, and yet he is constantly trying to point me to love others with the truth when I have a strong and fleshly desire to smack them down with it. Yet, I must ask myself how often do I turn to him, to this blessing of a man God has given me? 
I am not in any way advocating a complete boycott of women teaching and/or discipling other women, and would never even think of such a thing, as it is biblical and godly to do so. I do listen to some female teachers and have greatly benefited from their ministries, but I am simply asking the question. Do we, as women, lean on the God given gifts of male teachers, preachers, and leaders, especially if we've been given godly and wise husbands, for our spiritual food, or are we seeking the counsel of women by preference or pride in our sex or even *gasp* out of a lingering feminism influence that is keeping us from completely submitting to the authority of such men in our lives? 
You have your topic; discuss ;)


"And the winner is..."

ME! Or rather Crumbs Under My Table.
Thanks so much to my friend Michelle who I met through fb where we were both seeking to share the gospel, only to find out we literally live in the same neighborhood, and had even passed each other out running.
I will be passing on this award to another "Stylish" blogger, but as instructed, will first share seven things about myself that you probably don't know.
1. I have spent most of my life on stage, and was a professional singer/musician/songwriter prior to the birth of our daughter. I have toured all over the United States, and have received fan mail from as far away as Japan and Nigeria, with my band's last studio album reaching #2 on a worldwide roots music chart based on international radio play. However, I am not a household name or face, but (and I'm still weirded out by this) you can still purchase black market prints of photographs of me on stage performing from certain websites (they aren't inappropriate pictures, just always weird to see myself like that). And I have lots of stories about life on the road and unusual fans (If you meet the man with my autograph tattooed on his chest, please know I truly had nothing to do with it, sadly true.)
2.  I am OCD about lots of things, but am a perfectionist that when unable to achieve what I perceive to be perfection would rather leave things undone, than be unable to do properly. (I would rather not clean my bathroom, than not to do a thorough job when I don't have the time.)
3. I have a bachelors degree in Cardiopulmonary Science and worked part-time prn in local hospitals.
4. I am the only girl of four kids. Yes, that means I was slightly tomboyish, and impossibly spoiled by my dad.
5. I love books. Everything from the way they feel to the smell of the ink and paper (especially the smell of old books).  We are constantly running out of shelf space and soon our living room will look like a library (which is probably why its a good thing to close off half our basement to make a large family room, more room for shelves, which means more room for books. We will be seeing more of you, Mr. Moody.)
6. I met my husband when we were both 17 and providentially were assigned seats next to each other in a U.S. Government class. Needless to say, neither of us remember much of the actual class, including who else was in there. We started dating, and have been together ever since.
7. When I was a kid, I wanted to be either an astronomer or an archeologist, even reading several thick books on the subjects while in elementary school. (I think I was the only first grader who read Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, and knew who Stephen Hawking was. The archeologist idea was introduced to me through Indiana Jones movies, and I found I actually enjoyed studying artifacts and history and ancient civilizations.)

In case you're wondering my daughter is still working on my one-of-a-kind designer gown for the occasion, and as soon as I can convince her that a tutu and tiara aren't needed, I will wear it.
Anywho, this may be the one and only time I win any kind of blogging award, so let us all bask in the wonder of such a brief moment. Okay, moment over. Back to serious blogging again, or, well, as consistent as I wish I were in blogging ;)

Oh, and since I get to pass on this award, and I feel like a relative newbie in the blogosphere, I'd love to hear your nominees for "Most Stylish Blogger" so that I can share their blogs with others. So, who's your nominee? :)