Book Club: “Spiritual Mothering” (Part 11)

Spiritual Mothering…..Comfort the Comfortless

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all of our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

Paul tells us that there is a purpose for our suffering and that this comfort we receive from God is so compelling that it not only gives us relief; it also equips us to comfort others. To the world this makes no sense but to the Christian, seeking to glorify God, this makes perfect sense.

Seeing God’s perspective in suffering is essential if we are going to glorify God in our suffering and nurture, comfort and equip a younger woman to do the same. Again I marvel at the grace of God and the ways in which He chooses to comfort and work to accomplish His purposes in our lives.

For the first time in 25 years I was an empty nester. I had left my job of seven years and returned home to be a “house wife”. I was very happy to leave the stress of the insurance world behind me but looking ahead to ten hour days alone was not an exciting thought. Yet it was here that God choose to introduce Spiritual mothering to me, though I certainly would not have called it that then.

A need arose at church, a young mom, pregnant and expecting twins. It began with helping out to meet the needs of a very overwhelmed Mom of three little ones. As I helped out I began to observe some things; this young Mom had a great desire to honor God in training up her children but she was really struggling to understand how to balance the training with compassion and gentleness. I did not want to discourage this young Mom so I just began to help out and to pray for wisdom and grace for her. It has been amazing to watch and see the faithfulness of God to answer those prayers. It has also been a great blessing to watch God develop this young woman into a godly Mom and leader for Him.

My prayer for the women at MDF; that we would be women of prayer, lifting one another up daily seeking to honor God in all that we do.

By Vicki Anderso

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