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?