Thursday, June 12, 2014

Titus 2 {Thoughts on Spiritual Mothering} #shesharestruth

I'm linking up today with #shereadstruth to share my thoughts on Spiritual Mothering.  If you don't know what She Reads Truth is, please click here.  Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

As a part of this #SRT study we are reading through Titus together.  In Titus 2:1-5, Paul is encouraging the older women in the community to help the younger women.  In particular, he is saying 

"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."                   ~Titus 2:3-5

I love these couple of verses.  A couple of things stand out to me about them.

1.  First, Paul trusts that the older women can do this.  He has faith in their accomplishments and in their ability to guide the younger women through this stage of their life.

2.   I love what Paul is asking the older women to train the younger women in.  In loving their husbands and children, being self controlled and pure, being busy at home, being kind, being subject to their husbands.  Notice that it does not say teaching them to navigate Pinterest or teaching them how to quickly upload their pictures to Instagram.  I love that.

3.  The last part of this verse says that the younger women need to learn these things so that "no one will malign the word of God."  Malign means to defame.  Something about the work of being a young wife and mother and doing it well is important.   Doing it poorly can defame the word of God.  That's powerful.

Right now my "spiritual mothers" are my friends.  I think during seasons in our lives our needs for "spiritual mothers" and what we need from them changes.  Right now, my friends, the ones who have gone before me in this season, are the ones I need help from.

The truth is that I'm not good at asking for help.  I've learned that recently with the addition of our son. Going from one to two kids is hard.  Really, really hard.  I've learned more about myself over the past month.  I've learned more about my sin and about my pride.  I've had to break down and call friends and cry to them. I've had to admit that I don't have it all together and most days I feel like it's all going to fall apart.

I'm used to having it all together.  I thrive on to-do lists and on checking all the things off my list. Adding our son to our family has taught me that to-do lists don't matter for this season.  It's not that I've reached some spiritual plateau where I am just mature enough to handle everything. They don't matter because I CAN'T DO ALL THE THINGS ON MY LIST.  I seriously can't.

I've had to learn that from my friends.  I'm so thankful for this group of women that the Lord has put around me {{Stacia, Jodie and Jessie}}.  Women who understand me when I'm sleep-deprived and feel like I'm going to lose my mind.  I'm thankful for them.  I need them.  {I probably don't say that enough.}


I also want to be a "spiritual mother" to someone.  That may sound weird but I believe we all have wisdom to share.  I've walked a road that is different from your's and I'm pretty sure I have something worthwhile to share.  And you have something worthwhile that I need to hear.

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1 comment:

  1. Such a great post, Kerry! You are making a tremendous difference everyday in the lives of your children and you're an amazing mother! Thanks so much for linking to Make A Difference Mondays so more women can be inspired too : ) Hope to see you back there!