June 29, 2011
One of my weaknesses is nurturing. I'm comfortable nurturing children. My own, yours, a stranger's.
Its the nurturing of other adults that I struggle with. I desire to be a nurturer but it doesn't come naturally.
When I started praying for a more nurturing soul the Lord immediately brought a friend to mind. I've observed Ms. Dixie nurture the multitudes from babes to the elderly. She ministers in physical ways through meals, service, and care but she also has the gift of ministering to the soul. She nurtures in a manner that makes you feel as though you are the most important person in the world. Your concerns are hers. She is a helper in time of need. Hmm... doesn't that sound like Jesus?
Not only does she nurture in times of need, she has the gift of reaching out. I know from experience as well as countless mutual friends of her gift of tending the flock, fostering the heart, cultivating the soil that is around her.
I'm so thankful for a friend who is a living example of Christ. I want to be like Jesus and if it means looking a little like Ms. Dixie, I'd be just fine with that.
nurture |ˈnər ch ər|
noun: the process of caring for and encouraging the growth of another