Chapter 2 is titled "A Life-Purpose." I have to say that this is what so much of this book is about. Are we living for God's glory in all we do? Chances are that the more we focus on that purpose, the more nurturing we will be to those around us--other women, our own children, other people's children, you name it.
Here are this week's questions:
1. In the first short section of chapter 2, Hunt talks about the second-pivotal principle of spiritual mothering: that our life-purpose is to glorify God. The driving force of any spiritual mothering relationship is not the relationship, but God's glory.
How does this alter/change/influence/affect what you've thought so far about this topic? Does it change how you perceive this kind of mentoring? If so, how?
2. Much of the chapter examines Mary. "I fear that too often we do not hold Mary up as an example, because we are overcompensating for some who have elevated her above humanity. This robs us of one of the most beautiful examples of faith found in Scripture...In Mary we do see a woman who embraced God's glory as her reason for being and translated that into her experience" (page 26).
What struck you fresh about Mary's story after reading this chapter?
3. Hunt made a couple of statements about Mary's response to the angel:
"This young woman handled the situation without her brain or her emotions being scrambled" (page 27).
"This was no emotional reaction but rather a deliberate and logical response based upon the character and promises of God" (page 28).
How do these statements compare to how you typically respond to something? Are you more on the side of being scrambled, or more deliberate and logical?
How does/should having a life-purpose of glorifying God and an identity of being the Lord's servant affect our response any kind of situation?
4. On page 32, Hunt distinguishes between confidence based on our identity in Christ and self-confidence. How do you see these as being different?
5. If you had to pick a sentence or a phrase from this chapter to write on your bathroom mirror to see each and every day, what would you pick? Why?
6. Anything else you want to add, highlight, or ask everyone else to answer? Have at it!
Feel free to write your own blog post and leave a link in the comments or to write your answers directly in the comments here. Be sure to check back on this post (and last week's here) as there's some back-and-forth conversation going on. Which totally thrills me. I love seeing my friends become friends!
Don't forget that you have to hang on after you type your comment and preview it to type in the word verification thing-y. I know it's a pain, but it prevents spam. I didn't used to use it, but after getting TONS of spam comments on some older posts, I turned it on.
And if ever you get totally frustrated, send me an email and I'll put your comments up in a comment from my computer.
I put up a couple more questions than we had for the last chapter. Too many, not enough, just right?
Any other housekeeping stuff I should be aware of? Let me know!