“What Mothers Wonder About”
Luke 1:29, 2:19
A mother’s wondering:
- is designed by God
- you were made to wonder
- is determined by your stage
- but can be corrupted by fear
- is influential and formative
- it can lead to anxious worrying
- it can lead to controlling behavior
- it can lead to trusting surrender
- is meant to lead you to prayer
- Breath prayers
- Deep intercession
- Daily surrender to God
Core CHRISTlike Characteristic: Trustworthy Steward of God’s Resources/Living Surrendered
- Icebreaker: Did your parents ever lose you as a kid? Share the story!
- Talk about how your parents prepared you for the hardness of life.
- In your own life, how do you discern the difference between wondering and worrying?
- In The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis writes that “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
Do you find yourself considering God more often when your life is pleasant, or when it is painful?
Why might that be the case?
- How have you responded to the unknowns that you are wondering about?
Does your anxiety run rampant, do you seek to take control, or do you surrender to God in prayer?
- Do you tend to view parenting (or your role as a parent) as discipleship?
Compare being a biological parent and being a spiritual parent.
- We are all called from spiritual infancy, to spiritual maturity, and through that maturity to spiritual parenthood (cf. 1 John 2:12-14).
Who is nurturing and cultivating you in the Lord?
Who in your life are you being called to nurture and cultivate in the Lord?
- Which kind of prayer can you practice and grow in this week (breath prayers, deep intercession, daily surrender)?