Book Club: “Spiritual Mothering” (Part 7)

Our Reference Point

We have taken a look at a couple things this far. We have seen what it means to be a spiritual mother and what it looks like, we have seen the mandate in Titus, so let’s go more to the beginning and see what our reference point should be.

What do I mean by reference point? This is the point in which we continually refer back to for all our circumstances and that is God.

Let’s take a look at Genesis 1:1

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Creation is both a fact of history and should therefore be a principle for life. As Susan Hunt put it so well, “God is the source of life and the model for living life. A proper situation or topic should begin with God.”

God is the sustainer of our physical and spiritual life, He is the author and perfecter of our faith, He is all knowing, His steadfast love never ends, and He is perfect and glorious. This is why He should always be our reference point.

He also encourages us and gives us hope through our trials which brings us comfort as seen in Isaiah 49: 15-16a.

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will NEVER forget you! See I have engraved you on the palms of my hand…

As you can see, God will never leave us or forsake us. Having God as our reference point and desire, he will change our hearts and desire in being more like Him and will produce obedience to His word.  Some faith produced characteristics are: strength, excellence, tenderness, generosity, a desire to nurture others, comfort, compassion, affection, protection, and sacrifice. Through this we are given a new power that will enable us to be a spiritual mother, leaving us without excuse. Susan Hunt says, ”If Christian women begin to fathom the power of our God given capacity, develop these God-honoring characteristics, and nurture younger women, perhaps we will see the fruit of righteousness flourish in women in our decade.”

Ladies, I cannot encourage you enough to drink in the word of God daily. Let Him be your source of pleasure throughout your day so you to will learn to bring God into all your life circumstances. All things are possible with God but an unwilling, unsubmissive heart not bent toward God has no eternal blessings.

By Gina Reeves

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