Here for You: Creating a Mother-Daughter Bond That Lasts a Lifetime by Susie Shellenberger and Kathy Gowler
This was given to me as a gift for my birthday. The book mostly talk about the importance of a spiritual mother-daughter covenant and how to strengthen the bond between them. To help the readers absorb the things discussed at each chapter, there are questions in the end for them to ponder on. I like how they include enlightening questions for moms and daughters to ask one another. This helps both of them to learn more about each other. Also included in the are starter ideas for creating a mother-daughter journal to be able to know what is going on in each others’ minds. This just shows that communication is important to having stronger bond. Of course, the most important thing is to have Christ at the center of your lives. The book also talks about how relationship with Christ helps the mother-daughter relationship.
Here is a part of the book that discusses about how we could maintain spiritual authenticity.
And once I’ve committed to spiritual authenticity, how can I maintain it?
I like a story Madeleine L’Engle tells in her book Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art. She borrows the story from Lewis Carroll, and I’ll borrow it from both of them.
The story is about a small village. A clockmaker and repairer lived there. Whenever a clock, watch, or any timepiece needed repair, he fixed it. Time went on, and eventually the clockmaker died without leaving any children or apprentices to carry on his work.
The various time pieces throughout the village began to break. Because there was no one in the village to fix them, a clock might strike midnight at 2:00 PM and watches would gain and lose time. Eventually the villagers’ timepieces had no value because they couldn’t keep the correct time.
One day, however, a renowned clockmaker and repairer came through the village. People crowded around him with their broken timepieces and begged him to fix them. He spent much of the week looking at the faulty clocks and watches and finally announced that he would only be able to repair those whose owners had kept them wound, because they were the only ones that would be able to remember how to keep time.
I like the message this story seems to give: We must keep things wound daily. Pray–even when you don’t feel like it. Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “When it’s hardest to pray, pray the hardest.”
Read God’s Word even when your schedule is full. Commune with the Lord when you’re weary and tired. Why? Because as you do, He’ll infuse you with strength. He’ll saturate you with His love.
The daily practice of keeping “spiritually wound up” will help you maintain spiritual authenticity. Prayer and Bible reading will let you know if you’ve started to pull the mask back over you face. To live in freedom requires the discipline to maintain that freedom by spending time daily with your Creator.