Our Mothers, Ourselves by Stasi Eldredge

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Our Mothers, Ourselves
Series: Becoming Myself - Embracing God’s Dream of You
Stasi Eldredge

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Session Three Study Guide: Our Mothers, Ourselves

Before you begin responding to the questions in this session, please read chapters 4 and 5 in the book Becoming Myself (included in this download).

Welcome back. Since you’ve made it to session 3, I know you are a brave woman. You are also a woman who is serious about pursuing her own healing in order to be able to live, love, and offer as she is meant to.

I am keenly aware that for many women, these two chapters about our mothers can be difficult. If we are mothers ourselves, part of the difficulty comes from our awareness of how we have failed our own children. And for every woman, the larger difficulty comes from the fact that our relationship with our mother is fraught with many emotions. It is sacred ground. So as always, we want to begin with prayer.

Jesus, I need your mercy, your courage, and your boundless grace. I consecrate my life to you again right now. I consecrate my memory, my hopes, my longings, and my desires. I pray you would guide me as I look back. I ask that you hold me close to your heart as together we remember. Mother me, Lord. And yes, I bless my earthly mother right now with more of you, Jesus. I also ask that you help me to mother those in my life whom you have entrusted to me. But I need you to come for me in my own need for mothering. I pray you bring to me all the healing that I so deeply need. I love you, God. I need you. Please come. Thank you that you will and you are. In Jesus’s beautiful Name. Amen.

The relationship between mothers and daughters is a deep one. It is foundational. Our mothers affected us profoundly. They have shaped us perhaps more than we realize or care to admit. We want to spend some time looking at our relationship with our mothers now and how our mothers have made their imprint on our deepest selves.

We will do that “looking” from a position of humility. We want to honor our mothers. The command to honor your father and your mother is found several times in Scripture. It is the only command with a promise attached: “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you” (Ex. 20:12). Your land may be land, or it may be a calling, a business, a relationship, a ministry. Your land is your territory, your domain.

Too often we have diminished our mothers, both who they are and what they’ve done. We don’t want to do that but rather respect the weighty role they have played in our lives.

1. Using only adjectives, describe your relationship with your mother.

2. What was your birth mother’s life like while you were in the womb? (If ...

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