So far, we've talked about the WHY of spiritual mothering, with this chapter we'll discuss the WHAT. What do we talk about in a spiritual mothering relationship?
Let's get started...
1. Hunt identifies the elements of curriculum for this relationship as love, relationships, and conduct. "There seems to be a direct correlation between the characteristics discussed in the last chapter that qualify women to train younger women, and the elements of training" (page 56).
As you look at the list below, which elements are you most excited about? Which elements make you think, I'm not sure about that one?
- Reverence (love)
- Not slanderers (relationships)
- Not addicted (conduct)
Now think about the flip question. Is there an area in which you feel God has especially gifted you--either through natural ability or even huge failures and so knowing what NOT to do?
2. "Biblical love does not come naturally" (page 57). What's your response to that statement?
What particularly stood out to you in the section on "Love" beginning on page 56?
3. Here comes that speech thing again! "Until a woman has submitted her speech to the Lord, she surely cannot influence a younger woman to build right relationships."
Note that it does NOT say, "Until a woman has her speech perfectly under control."
What does "submitting" your speech to the Lord look like? How might you make that a daily (hourly?!) practice?
4. Prayer AND practical advice are part of what an older woman offers a younger one. How have both prayer and practical advice been helpful to you? Which do you tend to give more easily? How could you work on developing the other?
5. "Only a passion for God's glory can overpower our self-interest" (page 63). We're back to knowing our purpose and identity again. How is identifying yourself as "the Lord's servant" and living with a purpose of glorifying God going? Is it starting to come more naturally?
It's a process to change how we think! What's helping you keep these things in the forefront of your mind? How are you "setting your mind" on these truths each day?
6. "Overindulgence in anything eventually enslaves" (page 63). How did this reminder hit you? Is there anything that immediately came to your mind as something you're in danger of overindulging with? Again, how can we pray for one another in this?
7. So you've seen what stood out to me from the questions and quotations. What's one question you would ask everyone from this chapter?
8. Anything else?
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And, yes, I'm noticing too that I asked more questions this week again. There's just so much good stuff to cover!
I'm heading out the door for a couple of days at a cabin with a friend and our kids. Not sure if I'll be checking in or not. If not, I'll see you mid-week!