Hey there ladies! Today I am linking up with She Reads Truth. Have you heard of them? I recommend you check them out if you haven’t. Fellow SRT’ers, it’s so nice to be able to chat. I long the day when we will all be together worshipping The King; your community means more than you can imagine to me.
Intro’s aside, it would be super helpful if you all read this little devotional from SRT about Spiritual Mothers because here’s today’s assignment:
How is spiritual mothering already taking place in your community? Has a godly woman influenced you in your growth in the Gospel, or has mentoring a young believer impacted your life?
How would you like to see Titus 2 shape your relationships moving forward?
To simplify things, I'm going to do this little devotional coffee date style. One-on-one, you and me. You ask. I answer. Raw.
+ So, spiritual mothering. How is that going in your community?
It’s not. It’s been almost a year since we moved here and I can honestly say that it’s not something that’s happening. I’m not in a place to be anyone’s spiritual mother, and off of the top of my head I can’t think of any women at church that I have connected to, let alone one that might be willing or able to make time for my schedule. There’s community here in Wyoming (as mentioned before), but SRT is the closest thing to a spiritual mother I’ve got right now (shoutout to Raechel, Amanda, Dana, Hayley, and Rebecca for all of the daughters they’ve fed & lead so well—including me!). However, I know that that isn't enough, and I do crave that kind of a relationship again so, I am praying for God to reveal someone to me that can lead me (other than Miles).
Will you pray with and for me?
+ Well have you ever had a spiritual mother?
“They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women.”
I can think of two women that have poured so much of their lives into me--two women I will never forget.
When I lived in Reno I was in an all women small group and I learned more than I ever had before. The leader of that group, Keri, was exactly what Karen was to Raechel. Keri was always open, honest, loving, and always sharing so much wisdom to us girls. We made meals together and talked about everything you can think of. Keri even took me under her wing for a while and discipled me one on one every other week. She was constantly pushing me out of my comfort zone to pursue Jesus and I am so grateful for that.
The next is Marsha. She’s my best friend’s mother, but sort of became one of my best friends, too in the course of mine and Lauren’s friendship. Marsha has always been such an amazing example of what it is to be a Proverbs 31 woman, from her early morning ironing to her its-never-too-late-to-make-anyone-a-meal kind of hospitality. I desire to have the same loving, servant heart that she has because when I look at her, He is who I see.
+ So then, how do you wanna see Titus 2 shape your relationships moving forward?
Ah, well…Titus 2 definitely makes me want to be more intentional about my current relationships. I know that my tendency is to keep people at an arm’s distance and this passage makes me think that it would be good to let some of those people in. I guess it also makes me want to be more intentional about pursuing new relationships…but even saying it now I am questioning if I’m being genuine or giving you the “Christian answer”. I know that that’s what my heart should desire, but the thought of pursuing people gives me all-the-anxiety and I can already feel the breakout coming. I don’t know why I am the way I am about people. I desire a heart that craves lots of intimate relationships, or at least genuine ones. How am I supposed to know if I am being all of the things that Paul instructs if I have no one to learn from and no one to give me a little nudge when I’m losing direction?
Really letting that quote simmer. It was easy to coop myself up when we made the move to Wyoming. Now I’m just trying to figure out the whole un-cooping thing.