Book Club: “Spiritual Mothering” (Part 9)

Spiritual Mothering…..The Ministry of Encouragement

Psalm 10:17 O LORD, you hear the desires of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear

Are you discouraged? Do you need encouragement? Which one of us could say that we have never faced discouragement? Or found ourselves in need of encouragement? In the spring of 2004 I found myself facing a very difficult trial. Being a Christian for many years and having a thorough knowledge of Scripture I knew what God expected of me but obeying God would be a great challenge. It was this trial that God used to reveal to me my need for godly friendship.

Isn’t it funny how God chooses to work? Through this trial I began to pray for a godly friendship and what God gave me was a Spiritual Mothering experience that has grown and matured into a lasting godly friendship. So, how does this answer to prayer fit into the ministry of encouragement?

The author tells us that the foundation of the ministry of encouragement is the finished work of Jesus Christ. Because of His completed work we have access to the presence of God and we can actually enter that Holy Place with confidence. Confidence in His finished work takes us into the Holy Place of prayer and fellowship with Him where we receive confidence to go out and serve Him. It is our relationship with God that frees and enables us to do the things God calls us to do.  The closer we get to God and the tighter we hold on to the hope we have in Him the more we are able to encourage and equip others to a life of love and good deeds.

This Spiritual Mothering relationship was born out of discouragement, a prayer for friendship and a need for encouragement.

Hebrews 10:24 and let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

My prayer for the women of MDF; that God would draw us near to Himself, that we would be women of the Word transformed into the image of our Lord and that it would be the desire of our hearts to spur one another on toward love and good deeds in every season of life for God and for His glory.

By Vicki Anderson

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