Book Club: “Spiritual Mothering” (Part 3)

Spiritual Mothering – To Encourage and Equip

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.

Encourage – give somebody hope, confidence, or courage; to motivate somebody to take a course of action or continue doing something; to assist something to occur or increase. Equip – to provide somebody or something with what is needed for a particular activity or purpose; prepare somebody with the necessary education, training, or experience to succeed at a task or role in life.

This is no small order! In Luke 1:42-45 we see that Elizabeth’s verbal affirmation poured encouraging energy into Mary that caused her to praise God and rejoice in Him. This is what older women who want to obey the Titus command must do for younger women. Women need the approval of other women.

Ladies, we need to have an approachable spirit. If you desire to be a spiritual mother, you need to make yourself approachable. Do you give the impression that you are SO busy that you simply couldn’t add one more thing? Are you frequently in a “mood” that makes women fearful to come to you? Are you open and engaging? These are things we need to consider.

Older women need to be saturated with God’s Word and hold it before young women as the standard for faith and practice. Where to begin? Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Scripture says that we should pursue wisdom. We are to listen for it (Proverbs 1:33; 2:2) acquire it (Proverbs 4:6-7) love it (Proverbs 4:6) value it (Proverbs 4:8) and seek it (Proverbs 8:17). A truly wise woman is a godly woman who allows her love of the Lord to permeate everything she says and does. This is a lifelong goal, it is something that should be growing in our lives. I can encourage women to trust the Lord because I have trusted Him and He has never failed me. The more that I learn about the Lord, the greater my faith and trust in Him have become. But each trial brings a new challenge, a new opportunity to remind myself who my heavenly Father is. I am thankful to be a part of a church that seeks to honor the Lord in all things. We aren’t just living a life to be happy, fulfilled and satisfied, but with a goal of satisfying our heavenly Father – John Piper says it so much better than I can:

The love of God is not God’s making much of us, but God’s saving us from self-centeredness so that we can enjoy making much of him forever. And our love to others is not our making much of them, but helping them to find satisfaction in making much of God. True love aims at satisfying people in the glory of God. Any love that terminates on man is eventually destructive. It does not lead people to the only lasting joy, namely, God. Love must be God-centered, or it is not true love; it leaves people without their final hope of joy.

Every action must line up with God’s truth if it is going to encourage and equip younger women to live for God’s glory.

More on living for God’s glory next time…

By Judy Love

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