When I was a little girl, I imagined being a mother in the biological sense. Back then, being a mother meant getting pregnant, giving birth, and raising that little human to adulthood. That is the type of motherhood which most of us envision when speaking of motherhood.
However, there is another form of motherhood which the Lord has placed in my life. That motherhood is spiritual motherhood. Now I see what a precious thing it is to be a spiritual mother! I have embraced this role more and more and seen the ways in which it is manifest in my life. It’s a great honor, and also a great responsibility!
Daily, people (from around the world!) reach out to me asking for prayer. They reach out to tell me their joys and sorrows. I carry their desires and sorrows in my heart, standing in the gap for them to be delivered. Sometimes, being a spiritual mother means speaking the truth in love. Sometimes it simply means offering a word of encouragement. Being a spiritual mother can also mean teaching. There are times when I have the opportunity to teach people much older than myself about the Lord and His ways of speaking to us. (It’s always interesting for someone to be surprised at seeing a young person at an event–and then to find that the “young person” is the speaker!) Spiritual motherhood also involves being able to see the microscopic glints of gold within a person, and being able to dig that out with them so that their light may shine. Spiritual mothers plant seeds of hope and faith into the hearts of others, seeds that will be watered and continue to grow the individual into spiritual maturity.
Are you a man or a woman desiring parenthood, but God just hasn’t put marriage or children in your life yet? Pray about how He’s allowing you to be a spiritual parent! Spiritual parenthood is a gift to you, and most importantly, to the world!
“There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.” Luke 2:36-38