Hello you beautiful thing, you! How are you today? Really, how are you? Is your weather all rainy and depressing like mine is? Let me tell you, I've had it UP TO HERE with rainy and depressing days. They make me feel unproductive and sad. Ain't nobody got time for that.
If we were having coffee and hadn't caught up with each other in a while, I would want to hear how your life is. I would want to hear about that job you'd applied for, what books you'd read lately, and how you'd been feeling. I'd also really want to hear about your relationships.
Because we're women, and we flourish in relationships.
We might talk about the respective men in our lives, but sooner or later our conversation would settle on women relationships. We'd probably agree that women need women. Someone else who knows the unknowing of womanhood, the mystery, the strength and the delicacy, the heights and the depths of being this beautiful, complex creation known as woman.
I think Paul knew a bit about that complexity when he wrote Titus.
Titus 2:3-5 Olden women are likewise to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the younger 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.
In our She Reads Truth Titus Study, we read this passage and Raechel told the story of Karen, a woman who had mentored her when she was a new mother. Karen led a Bible study in her home, and taught Raechel and other young women not only to love the Word, but how to roast a chicken and plant gardens and what to do with fresh lilac. | Read more here.
Paul's point in Titus and Raechel's point in her story, is this: We cannot and should not live and grow in the Gospel alone.
I think God created community and the Church for that very reason, among others!!
For our She Shares Truth assignment, the SRT ladies us asked these questions...
How is spiritual mothering already taking place in your community? Has a godly woman influenced you in your growth in the Gospel, or has mentoring a young believer impacted your life? How would you like to see Titus 2 shape your relationships moving forward?
The church we're at right now is ginormous. Like, 2,000+ people. So it's been hard to find intimate community, you know? While I know a lot of older women, there's not a specific woman that I would say is my "spiritual mother".
There is a woman who I would love to be mentored by, though. She's one of those women that truly gives life to those around her. I admire how she loves Jesus, has a friendship with her husband and respects him, the way she mothers and the passion she has for the broken parts of our city. I would love to learn from her.
But I'm terrified to ask her to mentor me. Because she's super busy and I don't want to be a burden to her, maybe she doesn't really like me all that much in the first place.
And then Raechel was all like, "Sisters, godly women-training-women is absolutely a risk worth taking" and I'm still scared, but she's right. I need to be in community, I need to be trained, I need to learn. So, will you pray for me? That I would have the boldness to ask this lady to mentor me? And that, no matter what her answer is, God would be glorified?
Thank you :)
Do you have a "spiritual mother"?
Under Grace, Rachel
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