Thankful Thursday


Dear Lord, I am so thankful for my good friend, Sister in Christ, but most of all, my "Spiritual Mama," Donna. She is such a blessing to me! We had the rare opportunity to go out to dinner together last night (thank you, honey, for watching the kids!) and just fellowship! We talked and talked (did we ever get one conversation finished before we sidetracked into another?LOL!) It was a precious, relaxing, fun evening! Thank you, good, kind hearted, loving God for arranging a wonderful time together, and thank you all-knowing, precious, sweet God for giving me Donna.

Donna is "especially special" to me for so many reasons- she will be truthful with me, not just "tickle my ears," she will grieve with me when I am sad, she makes me laugh, she is so wise, and she is a kind, loving, and caring person. She is a grandma, so she has experienced more life than I have, and she is willing to share her successes and failures, especially in parenting.

The most precious thing about Donna to me, though, is that she is my "Spiritual Mama" and my "fill-in mother/grandmother." I live far from my mom, so Donna is often the "mom" I call when I need someone. She is the one who could visit me in the hospital, check on me if I am sick... Her sweet husband has come over to mow our grass when we needed it. They have come to see my son in a school concert since he didn't have any grandparents here. Her husband even came over and freed me when I was locked in the bathroom!!!!! How fortunate that I was locked in with the phone- does that surprise you???? Because she is in my Bible Study group, I get to see and hug Donna once a week! So, it is a blessing to have a "mom" physically HERE.

But even more than that, Donna is my Spiritual Mom, a true Titus 2 woman. My own dear mom loves God and prays about everything, trusts God, and has a simple faith. But, she doesn't know the Word. She doesn't read the Word. Donna, on the other hand, KNOWS the Word and studies the Word daily, and LOVES the Word. So, when I need advice, I often ask Donna, instead of my mom, because Donna will give me Godly advice, based on the Word and then we always pray about it! She is so wise! But again, it is Godly wisdom. Truly, much of her advice is "foolishness to the world." Forgive that person???? How could I???? Because in His Word He tells us to and that it will bring His blessing. Be joyful in this situation? It will bring peace. Feeling not at peace about something, then, should you be doing it? The "world" would definitely give me different advice than Donna gives me!

Oh, how thankful I am for my dear friend and mentor. A mentor isn't some distinguished professor, but just someone who is a little "further down the road" than you are. Actually, Lisa Bevere says we DON'T want mentors- we want "mamas." A mentor teaches you what they know, not necessarily wanting you to do better than THEM, so they may hold back a little. (Think of the business world. Would a person want their "underling" to excel?) But, a Mama wants her children not only to do AS WELL as her, but BETTER than her. She wants her children to soar to greater heights than she did. This is Donna- she wants even more for me- especially spiritually.

Do you need a "mama"? Look around. There are many in blogland. I am sure there are many at your church. Be bold- ask a woman to "mama" you. Pray and ask God to bring you one.

Be a "mama". There is always someone who hasn't come as far as you yet. Build relationships. Help one another. Be an example.

"Teach the older women to be reverent in the way they should
live.... and teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to
love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at
home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will
malign the word of God."- Titus 2:3-5

Father, thank you for blessing us with friendships. God, you made us as relational beings to crave companionship, friendship, and fellowship with one another. Thank you, Jehovah Jireh, "The Lord Who Provides" for providing us with mothers and "mamas." Thank you, precious God for caring about us so much that you give us friends, and thank you, Jesus, that you call ME friend! Lord, help me to be a "mama" to those you place in my path. Help me to see when you do. Help me to NOT be so busy that I miss it! Also, Lord, help me to be bold when I need a mama to ask someone. Lord, you are so good, so good. In the Savior's precious Name, the Name above all names, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

For more Thankful Thursday, please visit Iris at http://www.eph2810.com/?p=779

11 thoughts shared....:

Shonda said...

What a beautiful blessing from the Lord to have this woman in your life. I've had some, but they've moved on. I'm praying for another one.

Blessings in Christ-

Speaking Thru Me Ministries said...

i just sent you an email.... did you get it? thansk, Leigh

Kelley at Aroma of Joy said...

What a great tribute to your friend and spiritual mama! This isn't the first time recently that I have read a post on "mentoring", I wonder if God is trying to tell me something.....

Have a happy Thankful Thursday!
Kelley

My cup runneth over... said...

I think I lost my original comment..forgive me if this is repetitive...

Hi Tracy,
Found your blog through Iris. So glad I did. What a beautiful tribute to your spiritual Mama, Donna. We all need someone who loves us enough to be honest with us, no matter what. (I suspect you've been quite a blessing to her, as well.) Loved your comparison between Mentors & Mamas...so very true. Great post. Looking forward to stopping by again soon!

Blessings,
(Another) Tracy

lori said...

My "DONNA" is named Becky and I too live far from mom and she is my go to mom....and she is like a GRAM to my kiddos....we are blessed to have such women in our lives.....

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Have a great weekend!
lori

Denise said...

May God sweetly bless you, and dear Donna.

Gina's Public Diary said...

I'm glad you have a friend like Donna!

Susan said...

Hey Tracy,

This was such a beautiful tribute to your precious friend.

I lost my mom when I was only 29, so I adopted many spiritual moms and now have become one too!

Thank God for all the Titus 2 women he has placed in my life.

So glad you got to go out and have such a nice time♥

Heather said...

Tracy, what a wonderful tribute to your spiritual mama! You are so right in saying that we all need this type of mothering - we never outgrow it!

Have a blessed day!!

eph2810 said...

What a beautiful tribute to your spiritual mama. How cool that you had the time to spend dinner together. You are right - we all need a spiritual mama and if we can be one.

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful and joyous heart with us this week.

Blessings to you and your precious family.

Shari said...

She sounds like such a wonderful spiritual mentor. I hope that this post encourages mature Christian women to take on this wonderful ministry of being a spiritual mentor. You are so fortunate and blessed to have a relationship with Donna.