Think of any woman in the Bible: Eve, Ruth, Esther, Bathsheba, Mary, Martha, and others.
These woman are pillars in the Bible. Strong examples of spiritual lessons, both difficult and sweet. The only thing that troubles me regarding their stories, and what I wish for them is this:
That they experienced the rare gift of an influential and invested discipler.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young 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. Titus 2:3-5
I am so thankful that each book in the Bible is sprinkled with strong, open, influential women. My question lately has in my quiet time has been, "Lord, how would the presence of an invested, Jesus-loving older woman have ministered to their circumstances and heart-needs?"
I can only guess how discipleship might have influenced or changed these women fingerprints in history. But as I reflect on their stories of faith and risk, sin and heartache; I'm pushed to believe a spiritual mentor would have been a priceless gift to each.
Which should remind us of what an exciting time we get to live in! Not only can we ask an older woman in our life to disciple us, we can also gain wisdom from these female leaders in scripture.
Let's learn today from the women of the Bible. There may not be recorded instances of discipleship in their lives but we can devour scripture to learn their lessons. We have an opportunity to learn alongside a trusted, Jesus-following mentor who can pull apart their stories with us and gently nudge us to the foot of the Cross.
Prayerfully consider how the Lord might be leading you to the most precious gift of a spiritual discipler.
Because the female giants of the Bible, probably would have given anything to be gifted with such a resource themselves. Let's not waste a moment more without guidance: ask God to faithfully provide for you today what so many others could have only dreamt of receiving.
Read this post to learn about finding your own spiritual mentor.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:15-16
Carly is a husband-swooning, health-inspired, simplicity-loving, Jesus-follower. She and her hunky husband Ryan adventure wherever the Lord takes them and most recently that has been into the often scary world of chronic illness. Connect with Carly on her personal blog,Pinterest and at Reaching For Fringe, a resource for chronic illness and marriage. Very nice to meet you!
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