The womanly art of nurturing is something very, very beautiful!
What is nurturing? Simply put, to nurture means to grow something; to patiently bring about its development–to see it to flowering. It works perfectly with a man’s gift of protection because anything that needs to grow also needs to be protected while it is still young and small. So men are gifted to protect that which women can nurture . . . and women are gifted to nurture that which men can protect. Perfect synergy once again!
One of the most common examples of this truth is found in the family. The husband’s gift is to protect his wife as she nurtures the children; again, there would no good in protecting if the wife did not then nurture the children, and there would be no good in nurturing if the husband were not there to protect all of them.
But there are countless other examples of this truth. Think of plants in a greenhouse. The greenhouse is made to protect the young plants as they are growing, and without the greenhouse, they would be subject to the weather and probably die. Then too, the greenhouse would serve absolutely no purpose unless there were plants inside that needed to be grown.
But what exactly is manly protection; what does it look like as it relates to womanly nurturing? And then, what exactly is womanly nurturing?
I’ll start with an example that someone recently asked me about. Let’s say a man stays late at work and then calls up a woman and wants to talk. She’s been waiting while he was at work, and now she feels miffed that he’s taken so long to make contact. What should she do? If she wanted to be a nurturer, she would sweetly answer his call and let him know how happy it made her to hear from him. She would then offer a sympathetic ear while he told her of his day. Before long, she would tell him how impressed she was with his work ethic and that she admired the fact that he put so much into his career as to work such long hours. All of this would bring a tremendous amount of refreshment to the man, and he would probably even let out an audible sigh of relief. How blessed he would feel that he could have the joy to hear the voice of a woman that was sweet, soft, and encouraging. What a difference from the opposite, when he would hear a harsh, stern voice reprimanding him for taking so long to call, or telling him that he ought to be in a different career, working harder, working less, etc., etc., etc. Which woman do you think he’d be more apt to continue calling? Can you be that nurturer? Wouldn’t the world be a better place if more men could depend on more women to offer that which they cannot furnish to themselves–that sympathetic understanding and encouragement, that womanly nurturing.
In cases like this, you can see how a woman’s nurturing of a man is vastly different from her nurturing of a child.
Isn’t it a wonderful difference?!
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