My Spiritual Mothering group at church finished up on Saturday morning, but with some plans to get together again after the holidays. Which is good, because I'm not ready for it to end! How I wish we could all sit face to face too!
Especially when I've typed up my answers to the discussion questions, hit a button, and Safari locks up and loses all of my answers. Ugh. I'll do my best to go back and re-answer the questions from chapter 8, but somehow it's never as good as what I said the first time. :)
Also, I emailed Susan Hunt the other day just to say hello and thank you for the book--and she emailed me back. I would love to attend a retreat with her. Wouldn't that be great?
Okay, on to chapter 9 and the story of Dorcas!
As always, there's no expiration date on these posts, so if you're catching up, don't feel pressured. Take your time to read and absorb what you're reading, to think about it, pray about it, ponder it. The goal is not just to get it done, but to be changed by what we're learning together.
Chapter 9: The Power of Acceptance
"How do we show acceptance of women in such a way as to encourage them? What qualities should a spiritual mother embody and teach to a younger woman?"
1. Do you battle the "super-woman syndrome"? In what ways? Be as specific as you can.
2. Dorcas "shows us that it is possible to be an intelligent, organized woman who is deeply involved in ministry without making others feel guilty or pressured" (page 131).
Do you know any women like this? What are some of the things they do that prove this statement true?
3. Dorcas was careful "not to place demands on the woman but to communicate a belief in the woman's potential" (page 131).
If there were a scale for this, would you fall closer to placing demands or communicating belief in potential? Can you give an example?
4. Beginning on page 131, Hunt describes a series of "I can imagine" paragraphs about Dorcas. Is there one that stands out to you? One that you could take steps toward putting into practice this week?
5. Respond to the quote from Dobson on page 136 about the breakdown between women and women. Do you see this being true?
6. How can you help create a supportive network for women in your own sphere of influence? How can you connect with women around you and encourage them to connect with one another?
Could you start a prayer group, a book group, a play group? What about simply having women over for coffee or tea and giving them opportunity to connect? As you've talked about this book study, are there women who would like to go through this book? Could you host a group in your home?