One of my greatest joys is Christian discipleship. I get excited every opportunity I have to learn something about the faith that I can apply to my life and I get equally excited about the opportunity to teach something about the faith to followers of Christ. That’s why I love writing this column. Every time God gives me something to share He teaches me as I’m listening to Him on your behalf. This has been the case with my public ministry as well as my private one of discipling women to grow in Christ, particularly with my spiritual daughter Helena.
She is a wife to a minister, a mother of seven and exceptionally naturally and spiritually gifted as a teacher, poet, hair stylist, nail technician, homemaker, prophet and giver of knowledge. Her personality is infectious, one easily moved to laughter and compassion, depending on the flow of the Holy Spirit. She’s so talented that she got me, one who hates traditional showers, to love coming to her baby showers, which are prayer showers, intimate times of showering her and the coming baby with prayers focused on the areas Helena believes God is leading her to give attention to.
So early in December we had a prayer shower for Helena and she asked some of her other spiritual mothers and me to expound upon Psalm 23 and then pray for her to shepherd her children as God shepherds us.
Though one of my parenting verses is Proverbs 27:23, “Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds” (NLT), I had never made a direct correlation to the way I parent to the way God parents us in Psalm 23 until preparing for the shower. And what I uncovered is great for all mothers to rejoice in the goodness of our Savior, who was born to die for us, and to examine how well we are shepherding our children.