With chapter 5, we get to start examining the model of spiritual mothering, looking at Elizabeth and Mary. So let's get going!
1. Take a minute to read Karen's story, beginning on page 71. If you were to describe the kind of "charm school" you'd want to attend with a mentor, how might you describe it?
2. This kind of spiritual mothering relationship is all about "nurturing." After reading this chapter, how would you define nurturing?
3. This chapter includes some valuable information on who does what. Who asks who when it comes to this kind of relationship? That's an important question! Read the paragraph at the top of page 76. Do you agree? Disagree? Explain your response.
4. Are you cultivating younger women around you? How?
5. "A nurturing relationship serves." I don't know about you, but I tend to think of a mentor as being someone who is exalted rather than one who is a servant. As you think about mothering someone by serving her, does that change your perception about your ability to be a spiritual mother?
6. Hunt walks us through what Jesus knew to be true about himself that allowed him to serve freely on pages 79-82. The fact that we know these same things about ourselves frees us to serve.
"The knowledge of our eternal destiny gives a calmness and confidence regardless of present circumstances" (page 82).
Was there anything in this section you needed to be reminded of today?
7. Anything else?
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