Spiritual Mothers + Messengers

I knew there was a reason I wasn’t able to write about the #SheSharesTruth topic of spiritual mothering yet. It’s because what He had on my heart for it was just perfectly in line with the Five Minute Friday word: messenger. So I’m combining the two…

It’s Five Minute Friday with lovely Lisa-Jo!

Set a timer and just write. Don’t worry about making it just right or not.

For me? An exercise in letting go and letting words flow. Five minutes only. {yes, I do set a timer and it quacks like a duck at 5 minutes, which totally makes me smile}

Today’s prompt: Messenger

And the #SheSharesTruth topic…

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?


And go…

These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God. ~Titus 2:4-5

The call in Titus 2 to us as women is very clear. Older women are to teach the younger women, and not just older as in years, but further along the path, if even just by a little bit.

I have seen so many women floundering with no one leading or encouraging them in the ways of Christian womanhood. And I’ve heard lots of excuses from women why they aren’t being these mentors to younger women: work, too busy, not “good enough,” nobody wants to hear from me. Yes, they do, and knowing and experiencing all this makes me want to be a spiritual mother even more when the time is right.

Spiritual Mothers

We need messengers, ladies. Women who aren’t there just to say, “Cherish this time.” We need honest messengers of hope and Truth, women who have raised families well in the name of the Lord, not perfectly, but with His grace. Women who know the struggles of the daily motherhood grind and looked to the Lord to sustain them.

My heart is burdened to tell the next generation of women and moms that it is all worth it, but it is NOT easy and that is all the more reason we need Jesus. I love all the things Titus mentions – marriage and home and family – but I could not do a single one without the Spirit guiding me and giving me fresh strength when I’m all out.

I’m grateful for the honest spiritual mothers that have brought these messages to me – not sugarcoated with “You can do it!”, but rather messages full of understanding and the reminder to always look to Jesus to guide me and get me through one day at a time.

Wherever you are in your journey, FIND those messengers and BE those messengers, sisters. Spiritual mothering is a holy call.



Read the beautiful words of my fellow writers over at Five Minute Friday and She Reads Truth today!

How has spiritual mothering been important to you? If you don’t have a spiritual mother, what would you hope to gain from one?


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  1. I love your page and the idea of the Five Minute Friday! So fun! I so agree with you about how spiritual mothering is a holy call. Thanks for sharing!

  2. A big hearty AMEN! The need for what you described is SO there!
    I love that my Southern upbringing with black women of strength has given me a glimpse of the nitty-gritty laced with grace!
    When they start off a sentence with, “Baby…let me tell ya…” I know that its not something sugary-sweet but something that I need to REALLY hear and get down into my spirit.
    Now when I’m asked by different women for mentorship, they know that they’ll get the “Baby…let me tell ya” from me…BUT with the Word of God as the first and final authority!

    Knowing you, you’ll rise to the call of messenger in a way that will help other women grow in their faith!
    Love you, sweet woman!

  3. Joanna Vanderkooi says:

    My husband told me two years ago, or more, that he felt my next area of ministry is to the younger women of out church and in my life. I had taught the jr. high girls Sunday School class for 14-1/2 years and stopped doing so last September. I have been floundering a bit since then when it comes to Sunday School. I am not feeling at home in any class I have attended since then, and it is making me want to start teaching again, perhaps. I have reared three children with my husband, homeschooling all three all the way through school. I’ve been involved in ministry since I was born into the pastor’s family in which I grew up, and now my kids are 25, 24, and 21. The oldest just got married three weeks ago, the second is getting close to being engaged, and the youngest is serving at a Bible camp this summer, having finished his second year at Bible college. So, here I am. Waiting to see how the Lord leads me into the lives of the younger women, married and single, with and without children. I am patient and I KNOW God is, so I am looking forward to seeing how He leads. In the meantime, I am reaching out with encouragement all the time to these mamas, and younger ladies. I’ll keep you posted.