I posted Part 1 on Friday and hope to share with you two or three more installments of a very helpful book entitled, “Spiritual Moms” by Lynn Wilford Scarborough.
Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians:
It is obvious that growth is attributed to God, but people have different jobs to do. If a spiritual parent wrote this today, it might read: “Marilyn is the one who prayed with you. Brad taught your Bible study. Cynthia brought the casseroles when you were sick. Carol spent time on the phone when you needed advice in your marriage. Kyle lent you a printer and Joan remembered your birthday. Nora helped you clean the house, and Wendy took care of your toddler when you were in church. But it was God who wooed you to Him and gave His Son, who shed His light into your heart and helped you to change. God called you when you were lost; these spiritual parents helped you find Him!”
Four Seasons of Growth in a Spiritual Baby’s Life
- Seed-Nurture, Love, Touch, Affirm, Bless, Come alongside (elementary age—lots of energy, always hungry and bumping into things. It will disrupt the entire day, but it’s worth every minute. )
- Feed-Teach, Tend, Mend, Build Relationships, Strengthen (Teach the basics of Bible study, prayer, Scripture memory, service, and character development. Have in your home—surround with love.)
- Weed-Prune, Build Discipline, Build Character, Pray, Worship (growing rapidly, always hungry, get distracted easily, have lots of emotional ups and downs, have tremendous energy and are trying to figure out who they are. Discipline, strengthen and direct this person’s energies. Sometimes a person needs a push instead of a hug to finish the race. Jn 15)
- Lead-Equip to Lead, Minister, Release to the Call (Launch out into the world and have successful lives. Cast vision and turn the spotlight of truth on the future.)
Spiritual parents are equipped by God to handle the task of caring for the new believers and assimilating them into the community, preparing them to help fulfill the Great Commission.
People need to hear, “thanks for making the choice to be here.” when they come to things. When people receive an unexpected gift, hug, phone call, check in the email or meal, they are blessed. Tangible, touch, time, basic skills, when in surgery, surprises, these are just ways to play parent!
All of us need a safe place, a family, a place where we are truly loved and truly known. We were made for community and community was made for us. People are lonely. We know that in God’s family people will find a place of peace and love. Spiritual parents help people to enter into God’s family by inviting them into their homes and hearts. As we teach out spiritual children to do the same, many more generations come into the family of God!