According to Merriam-Webster, nurturing means to further the development of something or someone.
Mothers are innate nurturers. In essence, all women are nurturers. It is in our DNA to motivate, comfort, and love those around us, whether it is our husbands, offspring, students, children we meet on the street, our colleagues at work, or even each other. Women embody feminine qualities such as compassion, empathy, listening and nurturing, whether or not they have given birth and become mothers.
In today's world, women are encouraged to be strong managers, leave behind the "soft" feelings, and oversee their lives with strength and independence. The nurturing side of women is looked at as weak and unnecessary. Yet, that is leaving behind the very way God created us to function.
Women are created to look out for each other and speak words of life and care, not to be hardened and strong and look out just for themselves. Philippians 2:4 (NIV) states, "not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."
This is one reason why I am so excited to be part of the Fair Trade community. Fair Trade empowers women to be better, gives them tools to provide for their children, gives them an opportunity to grow in their trade, provides safe working environments, and liberty to pursue education.
Go forth. Speak words of life. Nurture. Be who you are created to be.