Women Mentoring Women

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This past weekend I was blessed to be able to attend the True Woman Conference in Indianapolis. The messages were encouraging. The one thing that took place in my heart was God reaffirming my dedication to women mentoring women. I picked up Susan Hunt’s book “Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women.” I prefer to use “women mentoring women” because I feel “spiritual mothering” may give the idea that one has to be a mother to mentor. Susan writes in regard to that issue:

Please note that giving birth biologically or being of a certain chronological age are not prerequisites for spiritual mothering.

What is spiritual mothering? She defines this mandate from scripture as:

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.

She writes about the idea that as a woman grows in obedience to God’s word her faith produces mothering characteristics such as strength, excellence, tenderness plus many more. These Christ-producing traits do not allow us as women to live in isolation. We are to live in relationship with others. As Christian women we are plainly commanded in scripture:

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2:3-5 ESV

Susan Hunt cheers us on:

If ever the world sees a time when Christian women shall come together purely and simply to encourage and equip other women to live for God’s glory, it will be a power such as the world has never seen.

In the next few days I will continue to share from this book in the hope that other women will begin to give birth to another woman who needs your encouragement.

Susan ends each chapter with a Spiritual Mothering Challenge. I leave you with two of them:
-Pray for an opportunity with a younger woman and pray for an older woman that displays Godly character that you can learn from.
-Write a card to an older/younger woman and express your thanks for her building into your life.

What do you think about Titus 2:3-5? Are you living this out in your life and if so how? If not why?

Book Review: Everyday Poetry

10514254_685563548201886_708004239353314119_oI crossed paths with Jennifer Morrissette through blogging several years ago. We have never met but if we ever do I believe we will be able to mutually encourage one another as sisters in Christ. I was very excited for her to publish her first book of poems, Everyday Poetry: Looking on the Bright Side of Life. She generously mailed a copy to those who would give a review of the book. I was blessed to be one of those people.

The title of the book is quite fitting. From haikus to free form, Jennifer rhymes and composes through life’s moments. Some of them we have all experienced. Three of my favorites are: My Sonnet, A Gift for Neetm, Blessed Trinity and Considering Others Interests. This is the last stanza of Considering Others Interests:

Christianity and poetry

are hard to combine,

but it can be done

with helpful words divine.

The Christian poet

must always recall

that words have power

to make one stand or to fall.

I take that thought as a personal charge in my writing. If you enjoy poetry that expresses ordinary daily life with thoughts of God then this book is for you. Meet Jennifer and be encouraged by more of her musings at her blog The Adventurous Life of Mine and follow her author page on Facebook.

Relearning Contentment

Our front door decorated for Fall

Our front door decorated for Fall

Hopefully I am not the only one that needs to have more than one lesson to learn what God wants to do in my heart. One would have thought learning contentment as we adjusted to life in South Africa would have been enough. But no, I need  another lesson three years later upon our return to the states.

A few days ago I was complaining:

 

“I don’t like the flowers all over this couch.”

“It is so dark in here I miss all the windows I had in the other house.”

“This mattress is nothing like our other mattress.”

Suddenly the Lord convicted me as I looked around the apartment and realized there was not one thing we were lacking. The Lord has provided and continues to provide for our needs and even some wants. A tea kettle and drying rack were on the list in my purse as we stopped at a friend’s house. Guess what? The friend asked if we could use a tea kettle and oh, did we need a drying rack. I just thanked her and said she wouldn’t believe it but those exact things were on my list. At another friend’s house I was eyeing this hamper in her garage that was also on my list. I wondered if I should ask her about it. I didn’t have to ask she was already offering it to me before I could.

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My reminder to be content

A friend once encouraged with me the words of missionary Jim Elliot: Be where you are. After more than a month I have embraced that thought. I can’t continue looking back and I don’t have a clue what the future holds so I must live in the here and now.

The Holman Bible Dictionary defines contentment as an internal satisfaction which does not demand changes in external circumstances. That internal satisfaction comes from Christ. When I am discontent, I am looking to other things or people to satisfy my desires.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. -Matthew 5:6

When I hunger and thirst for more of Christ instead of the things of the world then and only then will I be truly satisfied.

Lord, help me to be content in You alone.