So, there I was, new to the professional world and new to Christianity. While I was growing and learning and envisioning my new career as a nurse, I also knew that my life was being transformed by God. This time in my life felt a bit like walking blindly; it was exciting and intimidating all at the same time. As ironic as it may seem, my new walk with the Lord came with as many unknowns as my new career, if not more.
I did not grow up in a Christian home and had no clue what the next steps of my life as a Christian were supposed to look like. I only knew to pray. Luckily the bible tells us the Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we don’t know exactly what to pray for and God answered my prayer with an experience that would transform my life and my faith.
In those early days of my faith, my prayer went something like this, “Lord I have no clue what marriage, motherhood, homelife, or friendships look like for a Christian woman. Please send me someone to show me that.” God is faithful and He quickly answered that prayer.
As I became more involved in my church and ministry, I was blessed to meet a woman named Maria. Maria had grown children around my own age. She was one of those beautiful women who gush sweetness out of every pore. Everything from her smile to her tone of voice called to my heart. Any girl would want to be wrapped up in the arms of this spiritual mother. To be honest, I can’t remember exactly how our relationship was formed. I just remember a friendship that grew from two people with a very intentional goal. I wanted to soak up all she had for me and she was more than willing to pour out her life and love and wisdom on me. We spent a summer together. We went for walks and talked. We made meals in her kitchen and ate together. We shopped together. All the while talking and listening. I saw her mother her grown sons, prepare her days around her husband, and joyfully grow in her relationship with her Lord. I can still hear her laugh and her gentle words as she encouraged me in my own walk.
I had the priceless gift of seeing her excited, worried, sad, hopeful, and even disappointed. At the forefront of it all I saw her love and trust Jesus out loud. This gift was one that Titus 2: 3-5 speaks of”
“Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.”
Some of my favorite places in the bible have the “if” and “then” or the “so that”. Marcia loved me, she turned my eyes over and over to the cross…“so that” I would learn how to honor the word of God in my life. Thank you, sweet spiritual mothers.
If you are struggling to find a spritual mother or sister in Christ we'd invite you to visit our Women's Ministry page and get plugged in at MCC. We have women's Bible Studies, a new Titus 2 Women's Disciplship program, and quarterly women's gatherings. There is a place for you and we'd love for you to join us!