April 23, 2013

A Legacy of Faith

When our  Proverbs 31 Ministries Executive Team shared the idea of a Legacy Campaign.  I was thrilled!  What a beautiful gift  to honor women in our lives who have impacted our faith.  It led me to think about my legacy of faith.  God reminded me of the many women who prayed for me, encouraged me, and challenged me in my walk with Jesus.  It began with my Grandma Wally, who prayed for me to know and love the Lord from the time I was a small child.  And throughout the years, God strategically placed women in my path who shaped not only the faith I live but also the faith I will leave as a wife, mother, friend, and Bible teacher.  Names flooded my mind.

But there is one woman who has influenced my walk with Jesus more than any other. Her name is Jan Harrison.  This is Jan..

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Isn’t she beautiful!

She came into my life at a time when I felt so very far from the Lord.  You see, just days after my college graduation from Baylor University, I was raped by an armed, masked man hiding in my apartment.  The days and years following my attack were some of the most traumatic and difficult times of my life.  I lived those years locked in a prison of fear.

Then in 1998, my husband’s job brought us to Charlotte, North Carolina.  We arrived with a 4 year-old, an 8 month old, and a yellow lab named CJ.  Oh, how I hoped this would be a place of new beginnings, a fresh start.  But it was not.  In fact, being away from all that was familiar and comfortable, took me to a darker place…one filled with more fear, more despair, more self-pity.

But God!  He opened the door for me to attend a Bible study.  A real Bible study.  Not a book club, not a discussion group.  But a place where our only tools were a Bible and a notebook.  The first day, I witnessed something I had never seen before.  A woman standing before me who LOVED, absolutely LOVED the Word of God.  She possessed incredible Bible knowledge.  I had never met anyone who loved and believed in the power of God’s Word as much as she did.  Her passion was infectious.  I found myself writing fast and furiously to record every word she spoke.

Her love for God’s Word increased my desire to be in the Word. Many days I would go beyond my homework and dig deeper to learn more.  I wanted what she had.  I saw a confidence I longed for; a peace I needed; joy that  I had never experienced, and sweet relationship with the Lord that I never knew could be had.

We prayed together.  We met together outside Bible study.  She gave me tools to help me go deeper in prayer and the Word.

What made her different from other women in my life?

Jan INVESTED her heart in mine.

She helped me to see God’s Word is living and active meant to speak to us today.  Jan taught me to pray God’s Word.  And when I began to put into action all that she had taught me, it transformed my life.  As I began to immerse myself in prayer and the Word, the Lord freed me from my prison of fear!  He healed me from all that held me captive!  Through Jan, God transformed my heart and mind in a way that opened my eyes to see the giftedness He had given me.  The giftedness to teach His Word.

Jan has left  a legacy of faith.  But her legacy doesn’t end with me.  It goes on and on and on as she  invests year after year in so many women.

And then a few years ago, this woman who began as my Bible teacher and has since become one of my dearest friends, suffered a heartbreaking loss, one no mother should have to bear.  On October 5, 2010, their family changed forever when she and Frank lost their only son, James Harrison Franklin IV.  Once again, Jan lived her faith out loud for all to see.  Through her example,  I learned the meaning of of what it means to grieve with hope.  Although the loss of James rocked their family to its core, Jan found hope in knowing that this separation was only temporary.  She reminded me in our first conversation, “take heart, Wendy, James is absent from the body but present with the Lord!”  (2 Corinthians 5:8)  We shared several conversations during that time, and I stood amazed at  the strength of her faith…how she continually found HOPE in the midst of her grief.  How she found ways to honor God in and through her indescribable suffering.  She found hope in Philippians 1:6,

Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you, will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Her son, James, died while in Africa, ministering to the least and lost.  He laid the foundation for a ministry,With Open Eyes, a global missions organization dedicated to serving those in need and equipping pastors to reach the “unreachable” with the message of the gospel.

James Harrison

James had a fearless determination to spread the message of Jesus. Where did James get that passion to share the hope of Jesus with the least and the lost?  He watched his mom live it out before his eyes every day.  Jan left James a legacy.  And now James has left a legacy in With Open Eyes.  If you would like to learn more about With Open Eyes, click here.

Is there someone who has left a legacy in your life?  Someone who has lived out the Bible and strengthened your walk with Christ.  Honor her this month with a donation to Proverbs 31 Ministries.  We will send a card to her letting her know you are honoring her faith and through your donation, you will be helping us reach millions of women a day with the truth of God’s love.  Click here to find out more.

If you have a special woman who has impacted her faith, I would love to hear about her.  Will you  honor her by leaving a comment below?

I will choose one name from the comments left to win a copy of  Jill Beran’s book, Letters from Leanne – The Beauty of a Spiritual Mother-Daughter Relationship.   Jill and Leanne’s story shows how lives are impacted and faith grows when generations connect. As you read about their friendship you will be encouraged to find a mentor, or be one!  If you want to know more about Jill, please visit her blog by clicking here.  Also, you can purchase her book on Amazon.  I will announce the winner on May 1st.

*** WINNER OF HIDDEN JOY GIVEAWAY IS…***

Shawna who posted on April 12th at 2:34 pm

Congratulations Shawna!  Please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com with your home address.

Blessings,

 

Comments

  1. Wendy, it truly is a joy to read your story. I love seeing how God works and provides just what we need! Jan sounds like an amazing woman and I’m grateful for all the work God’s done thru her…her legacy is spreading thru you! Reminds me of the verse in Luke about the student becoming like the teacher…much of what Jan’s done for you, Wendy you’ve done for me!

    Like you, many women have impacted my faith, but the one I choose to honor here today – my mother-in-law Marie. She’s raised 9 children who love the Lord, became a widow in her early 50′s, but made the choice to become better instead of bitter. I don’t know a person who would drop anything to help another as fast as she does. She is one of my biggest encouragers, one always willing to listen and helps me keep things in perspective. She’s an amazing Grandma, who spends time loving my kids, teaching them about Jesus and praying for them. She is a gift from God!

    • Jill… as I’ve read so many of your posts… and I’ve fallen in love with your heart… I’ve gleaned from your wisdom… know that I am SO EXCITED to buy your book from Amazon! Congratulations and thank you for sharing your heart through a book!

      • Thank you for your kind words Noelle…I always appreciate your words and insight as well! And am truly grateful and touched by the prayers you share as well. Thankful for how God works to connect us with sisters in His family!!

    • Jill, I love that your mother-in-law is a woman who has impacted your faith in such rich ways. Many women struggle in their relationship with their mother-in-laws, so it is wonderful to see an example of a good relationship. My mother-in-law has passed away, but as I look back, I so wish I had taken more of an opportunity to get to know her. She was a godly woman who prayed for us and supported us. Yet, I let little things irritate me and get in the way of a deeper relationship with her.

      Blessings to you,

      Wendy

  2. Much like you I have had several people enter my life when I needed them the most. My grandma was the first. Because of her spirit and love I am who I am. She sat by my bedside when I was 1 1/2 years old and had been beaten. She sat by my bedside and prayed for me daily until I awoke. As I grew up there was something about her I could not put my finger on but I wanted her quiet confident spirit which led me to twp other women; Edna Anderson my 3rd grades Sunday School teacher and Billie Bttus a faith club teacher. All three guided me thru times in my life I needed someone so I could get to the other side safely.

    Remember each one brings a smileas I go back and relive the good times I had while learning about Jesus. .

    • back again, as I now think of it , I could do articles on Grammy, Edna Anderson and Billie Bettus and what they meant to me.Thank you Wendy for this trip down memory lane. It brought a smile to my face this cold and rainy day.

    • I too had a Grandmother who prayed with me and for me. It reminds me of Timothy and his legacy spoken of by Paul. I want to be that kind of grandmother!!! Thank you for sharing about Grammy, Edna and Billie today.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  3. The person most important to me in my walk of faith is my mom. She was a God-fearing woman, lived a rough life at times but always kept the faith. When I think of a Proverbs 31 woman, my mom comes to mind. She was a saint if I ever knew one. Thank you for another opportunity to PRAISE her.

  4. I have a very special sister in Christ who has with the help of God transformed my life. I grew up in a family that went through a nasty divorce and it was nasty for about 20 years. I was sexually abused my step father for nine years starting when I was five years old. I was angry. I was angry just at the whole world. I was angry with God…I often said why are you doing this to me God. I was hurt I couldn’t talk to anyone because I had to basically raise myself, because my parents were too busy fighting about money and trying to hurt each other. It was awful. I grew up in the church, and when I was in Sr. high we had four amazing youth leaders. And my dear Niki, took me under her wing. She is my best friend and like a sister to me. She also human, made choices in her life that weren’t choices she was proud of. She remained faithful to God, she shared God’s love with me, she spoke honestly of her past and is just a true role model of an amazing friend, sister, mother, and teacher. She and her husband were the reason I made it through high school. I was with them all the time. They shared Jesus with me always. They listened, they let me cry, they cried with me. It was such a blessing. When I was 22 I was raped by a co-worker. I was shattered. I couldn’t do anything, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t function. I know that you understand that Wendy. I couldn’t eat, I lost 14 pounds in less than a week. Niki, was always by my side, her husband slept on the couch the night it happened, so I could share a bed with Niki. I didn’t sleep, I laid there, Niki would roll over every so often that night just to check in with me and see what I needed. She told me she loved me, and she was by my side the whole way through this. We got up and went to church together the next day, she continued to encourage me to seek counseling, she would check in with my multiple times a day, share scripture with me, encourage me, remind me that the act of someone else doesn’t define who I am. And she was all the help she could give me, and it was so helpful. We pray for Calvin, that the Lord can move in his life and show him the beauty in a relationship with God. I have since changed my perspective of “God, why are you doing this to me” to “God, thank you so much for the love and support you have give me. I couldn’t do it without you, and those that you sent by my side.” And Niki has been apart of my life for 13 years now, I have taken care of her children as they have grown over the years, and am so blessed to have Niki, my beautiful sister in Christ standing up next to me on my wedding day coming up in September, and I couldn’t imagine her anywhere else. She is a true blessing from God, who has helped my relationship with God grown and flourish! I am so thankful for her and her ministry!

    • Margarita says:

      I may not know you Ashley but you are my sister in Christ. Niki is amazing and I am so thankful for women like her. I pray you have an amazing day and continue to be blessed. I pray for Niki to continue to be blessed and a blessing to others. Take care.

      • Thank you so much Margarita! I hope to be a blessing to all those I interact with just as Niki has been for me growing up! I truly have changed, and God drives my bus now! I am currently the Director of Youth Ministries, and on the leadership team for a young adults ministry, and lead a bible study for women in the 20′s and 30′s because I know they feeling of there not being much for that age group! I am so blessed and just want to share the love of Jesus with everyone! My cup is over flowing right now, blessed doesn’t even describe it all! God is amazing! God bless you!

        • Margarita says:

          That is so rad! How freakin awesome! This is so exciting to read Ashley. I love learning of incredible triumph and victory thru Gods love and power.
          So exciting and super encouraging. Thank you for following up.

        • Abba,
          Thank You for Niki and Ashley’s story. Thank You for showing Yourself through Niki as she pursued Ashley and sustained her with 1 Corinthians 13 love. Thank You for giving Ashley beauty for ashes… and what a beauty she is! Now she… and Margarita… are living out 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 as they take all the life-sustaining comfort You gave them and they are paying it forward as they comfort and lift others to YOU. Thank You for this dynamic duo who have never met in person… but I can see that same fire in their hearts. I know that there will be a crazy amazing ripple effect as they impact others who will impact their circle of influence and the cycle will continue to move out, changing this world… bringing souls into an eternity with You. You are amazing Lord! We love You and pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

          Ashley, imagining you on your wedding day with Niki standing up for you and your soon-to-be husband… oh my goodness… words cannot explain the joy in my heart!!!!

    • Thank you for sharing this extraordinary story about Niki. I just love how God knew just who you would need in your life before time began and placed Niki where she needed to be to care for you and model Christ’s love for you. He is such a good and faithful God. Thank you for honoring her today on my blog. It is a precious story and sets such a wonderful example for all of us on how to be the hands and feet of Christ to those who are broken and hurting in our midst.

      Praising God today for His provision and healing work in your life through Niki.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  5. Thank you for sharing about the impact of others in your life. I have had many women inspire me through the years, my mother with her commitment to serve others, my mother-in-law with her unconditional love, and a dear saint at a church where we served who shared and testified of her great faith and answers to prayer. I pray that I will live so that I inspire others as well.

  6. There have been a lot of women in my life that have influenced me and help to make me the person I am today. The most important of these women was my Mom. My Mom walked the talk and talk the walk every day of her life. Her life was not an easy one as she was one of fourteen children. She and my Dad were married when she sixteen and had her first child at the age of seventeen and I was born when she was eighteen. My Dad was an alcoholic and physically abused her but she never lost sight of faith in God. No matter what was going on in her personal life she always kept that beautiful smile on her face, make sure we had clean clothes to wear and food to eat. She did not drive but she saw to it that we were in Sunday School and church each week. She always put the needs of others ahead of her own needs. I remember one time asking her to pray that my husband got this job he was being interviewed for and she said, “No I will not pray for that.” I looked at her and said but Mom he needs this job. Her sanswer to me was, “I will pray that if it be God’s will that he gets the job but I will not tell God what to do.” That taught me a lot right there about faith and trusting God to take care of me and my little family no matter what came my way. My life text is Isaiah 40:31 as was my Moms. To ask God for his will and then to wait upon him for the answer. My Mom has been residing with our Heavenly Father for the past 29 years and I miss her every day. She was a true Proverbs 31 woman!

    • Shirley, thank you for sharing another wonderful mom story with us. Each one has moved my heart deeply. I just love the example moms like yours set for us…to leave a legacy of faith!! It is a gift we can leave that will never ever be taken away or fade away. It remains in our children’s hearts forever and is passes down from generation to generation!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  7. Margarita says:

    Reading how you spoke of Jan and how she has been such a big impact on your faith journey, I immediately could relate to so much of how you feel about her with many women in my life. There is one though that kept jumping out that still to this day impacts my life in incredibly amazing ways. She has planted seeds of hope that I didn’t even know she was planting at the time. She showed me that even when I didn’t believe in myself that she did. I had never experienced the love she showed me the very first day I met her. It was powerful! She believed in me in a way I just could not understand. Since she has come into my life, my life has changed so much, so very much. My relationship with God has grown and is growing so much stronger, learning alongside her and just by being present as I get to see her help transform others and helping them too. Watching her confidence, the power she speaks with, seeing her speak the word in gentle loving ways, all these things, I wondered how she got this way. So the more our relationship grew, I knew I wanted in my life. The incredible love I get to receive and see her give to SO many others, just inspires me so much. When I read Proverbs 31 for the first time, I just pictured her face, her love, her smile. She is an incredible woman of God, a wonderful imperfect perfect wife and mother; she is a true and amazing friend. I thank God so much for placing me alongside her. She is my Paul and I am Timothy to her. Every day I get to be around her, I ask God to allow me to hear God’s thru her wisdom. I know she lives and breathes his word into everything she possibly does. She is perfect to me and to top it off she is so darn funny! This woman laughs at herself and I laugh with her too ha ha. As I type this my heart is pounding in excitement and my eyes fill with tears. The joy and love I have for her is deep and I am so thankful to God for blessing my life, my friends and my family with this amazing woman. Her name is Noelle Dey and she has left a legacy in my life.

    • Beautiful Friend… my Ancient Face Maggie Moo (ancient- not as in old looking… as in peeling nose from blowing it too much made her look ancient one day :) )

      You know what you bring to my life? I can’t write it all here because it would take pages upon pages… but you show me the face of God every time I see you and every time I think of you. When I saw your postings to Ashley, I KNEW it was MY Margarita because no one exudes the passion and excitement for our Lord like you do! You show me God’s mercy… His humor… You remind me every day how much He pursues us. You fight the good fight. You fight for the life Jesus died to give you and you fight for others to see that same truth. You are a warrior who continues to etch an indelible legacy in my heart. I love you beyond words Maggie Moo. I am praying God blesses you beyond your wildest dreams. If He blesses you with even a fraction of what you’ve given me, your socks will be knocked off! I LOVE YOU AND THANK GOD FOR YOU!

      The biggest hugs ever…

    • Margarita, what a beautiful tribute to our dear friend Noelle Dey. Your words fit her perfectly. She exudes the aroma of Christ in everything she does. She invests in people with a passion and sincerity that is rare to find in our world today. How blessed you are to live so close to her and be with her day in an day out. She has blessed this on-line study community with her beautiful prayers and words of encouragement for years.

      Thank you for stopping by to leave a comment today. I am so thankful Noelle introduced us and connected our hearts!! May God continue to deepen your friendship, and may He open doors for you to be someone’s Noelle. Your love for Jesus just shines, girl!!

      Love you,

      Wendy

  8. Mary Lou Kleveland says:

    Thanks for the wonderful tribute story, Wendy. I loved reading it. I have several women who have impacted my life for good but the one whom I’ve already honored with a donation to Proverbs 31 Ministries is Marla, the woman who discipled me through my college years. Marla showed me through her life and through the time she invested in me what it meant to walk closely with Jesus and to truly trust Him with everything. She is beautiful on the inside and outside because she radiates with her love for Jesus. She has been/is going through an enormously difficult time right now but when I read a letter that she recently wrote, it was evident that even in the midst of this trial, her faith in Jesus remained strong and steadfast. She has every worldly reason to be bitter and angry about her current circumstances because she has been unjustly hurt by someone she trusted but instead I see her keeping her focus on Christ and the work that He wants to do through her. My life has been impacted for good because of her investment in me.

    • Mary Lou, Marla sounds like a wonderful woman and servant of the Lord. Thank you for sharing her story with us today. And I pray now for God to meet her in this difficult place and fill her with His Peace and Grace. I pray she will sense His presence each and every day. I pray He will give her the strength she needs to walk in forgiveness and righteousness. May God be her defender!!!

      Sweet Blessings,

      Wendy

  9. I have had a couple of ladies that have impacted my life in a spiritual way. One is Margaret. She taught me the importance of a daily walk with the Lord as well as trusting Him with all the details of your life rather small or large. Margaret had such a radiant joy about her and loved to spend time in the Word. She modeled God’s love to me. The other lady was Phyllis who taught me so much about prayer and being a godly woman. i didn’t come from a Christian family and there was no one willing to disciple me in my church. These ladies ministered to me through a Christian camp that I worked at for many years and through letters. I love them dearly.

    • Brenda, thank you for sharing about Margaret and Phyllis. Your story shows us that mentors do not need to be mothers or grandmothers or best friends. They can be women who come across our paths for seasons in time. God uses them for that time to teach us, encourage us and grow us. Praising God for them in your life today!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  10. Mary McCauley says:

    The woman who most impacted my life in so many ways is not alive. This May my mom will celebrate 8 years with the Lord. She was a woman of faith. She taught me and thousands of other children Bible stories each week in Sunday school, and VBS. She gave to missions, wrote letters to missionaries, sewed hundreds of rolls of bandages on her treadle sewing machine. She taught me hymns with a game called, Stump me…she would hum, I would guess, I would hum she would guess. She had me in her 40′s and it was a way to keep a little girl entertained! What a blessing.
    I was with her as she died, singing Amazing Grace and reminding her that when she had been there 10,000 years I would be there too!
    Did she do everything perfectly, no. But she was a listener, a prayer warrior, and she touched so many lives for Christ. I can’t begin to imagine.
    All I know is that when someone says I am like her, well that’s a good thing. I look like her, I sound like her, and I quite often act like her. NOW…not always…oh, I learned how to love a prodigal from mom, for she never stopped loving me, no matter how I broke her heart. thanks Mom. Amelia H. Hubbard, better know to many simply as “grandma Hubbard”. I look forward to the day we are together again for all eternity!

    • Mary, what a beautiful tribute to your mother. What a rich blessing to be raised by such a godly woman with a beautiful servant’s heart. Thank you for sharing her with us today!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  11. There have been many women who have ministered in my life. Wendy, you are one of those chosen few who have walked with me on my journey…but you know about that journey. Another woman who helped change my life is a pastor, Toni. When I was losing hope after a difficult struggle with PTSD and an eating disorder my bible study leader set up a meeting so I could talk to this pastor. I went into her office with a closed heart but was embraced with love, acceptance and open arms. Toni displayed the love of God to me that night. I wanted to know the God she spoke of, to have her peace and to be sheltered by her kind spirit. I longed for what she had when all I knew was an anger towards God and my circumstances. Toni taught me to lean on God, even in my anger and to seek God with all my heart. She went from being a pastor to being a mentor and a great friend. She led me on the path to restore my relationship with God and just being with her made me want to learn more and deepen my faith. She has has been by me every step of my journey, rejoicing with me or sharing my sorrow. She is an amazing woman of God.

    • Praising God for Toni today. A common denominator I see in these comments is how our mentors displayed God in such a way that it made us hunger for more of Him. We wanted what they had. Oh, may we do the same for others God brings across our paths!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  12. Sue Miller says:

    I read your post shortly before preparing to head out to my Gramma’s house. She is 94 today. She has been non responsive and not eating or drinking for the last 8 days, she will soon be leaving us to join her Father in eternal life. She has been a strong christian woman all of her life. The fruits of the Spirit always being displayed through her. Her laughter, joy and hope always radiating from her! She has taught me more in her last year of life than I could have ever hoped for. I thank God for the gift of time with my Gramma as well as purposely slowing me down so that I could really listen and learn.
    Wendy, you have also made a powerful impact in my life. Your book Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner has been essential to my life. Thank you for sharing your deepest thoughts so that others may heal more quickly than you were able. Thank you for the Godly/biblical insight!
    In His Abundant Love, Sue

    • Sue, thank you for sharing about your Gramma. Please let us know when she has gone to be with Jesus. What a tremendous blessing to have such a godly woman pour into your life!! Today would have been my grandmother’s 100th birthday! How I wish she was still here to pray with and celebrate all God has done in my life to answer her prayers lifted on my behalf. One day, you and I will be reunited with our grandmothers!!!

      Blessings,

      wendy

  13. Wendy,

    I am so overwhelmed by the women who continue to write their legacy in my heart. I’m still in tears as the gift of Margarita overwhelms my thoughts.

    And YOU, Wendy… I’ve always admired you from these amazing posts of yours… the immense wisdom from Hidden Joy… and all of your online Bible studies.

    But when I realized that you weren’t just an incredible teacher and writer… but you are so invested in us as friends… I kept thinking, “This is proof positive of God’s miracles and incomprehensible love.”

    I will always look at you with deep admiration… you are a faith-filled mentor… and also a dear and genuine friend. I cannot begin to explain what God has done through you to pour into my life.

    With crazy doses of gratitude and love,
    noelle

    • Noelle, I am so moved by your words today. To be a mentor in your life is such a gift. You too have mentored me as I stand amazed at your gift of prayer and your faithfulness to use it consistently and lovingly to pray for ALL who ask. You set such an example for me. I am so thankful for our friendship…heart sisters in Christ for eternity. Whoo!! Hooo!

      Love you,

      me

  14. Iris Ferguson says:

    Hi Wendy!

    I have been following you for a long while now and I have only left one comment because I know if I start writing I won’t stop. So, I committed to making this a short note.

    First, my new habit is to tell people how much of a difference they have made in my life even if I have already told them or even if I believe they already know. I have said it before and I will say it again, you have made a HUGE difference in my life, which is a wonderful gift from God to be able to be blessed by someone you have never met.

    Second, I re-visited some of your YouTube videos. My eyes were open in a Hope & Encouragement message where you said (not word for word) it took nearly twenty plus years for you to get where you are at in your spiritual journey and not to give up. That message helped me to re-focus and to really re-commit myself to God. If I go into detail, you will be reading until tomorrow.

    To be able to say you have a mentor is awesome. I have women in my life that I look to for one reason or another that influence me spiritually. I couldn’t point one out specifically. So, I would say they are more like role models. I learn from them without them even knowing it sometimes. Just by the way they carry themselves as Godly women in all things. Such as when trials come, loss, hurt, how they respond, how they react to things difficult situations, the prayers they offer me, their kindness, encouragement, love, etc. I am very grateful for them.

    Okay, I know that was still long. But believe me that was the short version. lol.

    Thank you so much for everything.

    Love
    Iris

    P.s I was sad when your book ended. I read it last year. I have to read it again. God had so many people in mind (including me) when he introduced you to Bobbi.

  15. Iris Ferguson says:

    I meant to add I consider you my web mentor.

  16. There are two very special ladies that have made such a huge impact in my life and my Christian walk. First is Jodi Wall. She consistently showed me what it means to follow the Lord and to study and grow in the Word. What an outstanding mother and wife! The second lady is Nanette Johnston. She looked me in the eye one day (after I was whining about something silly)and told me that I had a very big issue with my pride. She also told me that I didn’t have a quiet and gentle spirit. I was shocked at first but then I could tell it was the Lord giving her this for me. I have never been the same. I am still not perfect but I put my pride in check before it gets crazy out of hand, well most of the time. I love her so much for telling me the truth in LOVE. These two women loved on me. Too bad we love very far apart and I don’t see them anymore but I know that the Lord will reward them for their work for His kingdom!

  17. WendyB says:

    CORRECTION FOR QUESTION 6a:

    It should say “Martha” instead of “Mary.” It’s asking in what ways are Martha’s feelings natural and understandable.

    Thanks, Noelle! Girls, if you ever see an error, please do not hesitate to point it out. Seems no matter how much I proof read, each time there is at least one thing that needs fixin’!!

    Happy studying!!

    me

  18. Barbara says:

    Thank you, Wendy, for pointing out that Jesus wasn’t telling Martha to be like Mary, and that He created her and loved her exactly the way He created her to be. Rather, He was displeased with her choice to allow distraction/busyness to take priority over spending time with Him. I’ve never heard it explained so well as you have explained it and it is clear and makes perfect sense now. You and your study are a blessing to me, Wendy, thank you!

    • WendyB says:

      I love that God used that to help you understand better. It helped me too…because I have that gift for hospitality and it is a God-given gift.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

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