Spiritual Mothering – Introduction
Back in January 2010, a group of ladies at Missio Dei Fellowship gathered to discuss Susan Hunt’s book, Spiritual Mothering. Many women were able to give testimony of how God had placed women in their lives who had truly blessed them, especially during difficult times. Some spoke how women had challenged their thinking and had been the catalyst for repentance in their lives. Some who had been the “older” women talked about what a privilege it had been to get involved in younger women’s lives. It was an encouraging time to hear of God’s provision in the lives of the women at MDF, but it got me thinking… I could recall times when I had come alongside women when they were going through difficult times, but most of those women had known me for many years and most of those situations were short-lived, when the trial passed, I went back to doing the things I was doing previously.
As our church grows, I was seeing more and more women who I hadn’t had a chance to get to know. I desired to minister to them, but I didn’t know them and they didn’t know me, and so I started to ask – How can I come alongside these ladies?
Susan Hunt has a great definition of spiritual mothering.
Spiritual Mothering – When a woman possessing faith and spiritual maturity enters into a nurturing relationship with a younger woman in order to encourage and equip her to live for God’s glory.
Possessing faith – Are you a woman who trusts in the Lord? Do you have a God given faith that He has saved you and that He has the answers for your life?
Spiritual maturity – Here are some questions to consider. Are you growing in the Lord? Are you fighting sin? Are you having success in your battle against self? Do you love the Lord more and more as time goes by? Is God’s glory your greatest desire?
Based on the answers you have given above, are you qualified to be a “spiritual mother?” The great thing about this is that there is always someone who is “older” than you – in years, in spiritual maturity, in life experience, etc. and there is always someone younger than you. The opportunities are endless and the call is clear:
3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 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)
By Judy Love