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Jody is a sojourner, wife, mom, pastor's wife and writer with a compulsion to blog about her faith intersecting real life. Living in apple country in upstate New York, beginning her day with a grateful heart and a cup of coffee.

Be A Voice

She was a young wife and mother of three toddlers.
He was a trusted man of his profession.
She let a cold get out of hand.
He diagnosed bronchitis.
She accepted his diagnosis without question, happy to have a prescription and no hospital visit.
He was alone with her, performing an exam not appropriate to the case or situation.
She was appalled, mortified, ashamed....
...undone.
Offense reported...
...nothing done.
She, to this day will not forget, nor hide in the shadows, doing all in her power to be a voice for her daughters, granddaughters, for women everywhere.

One True King

Recently I was reading Ephesians 1 and didn't get very far as I stopped at verse 5. "God my heavenly Father predestined me for adoption as sons(daughters) through Jesus according to the purpose of his will." Ephesians 1:5 I really like how The Message reads "Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son."
A couple weeks ago I was filling out a new patient form. My name, number and address I could write down in my sleep, but when it came to occupation, I faltered. That is not typical for me, over the years I have proudly entered stay at home mom or homemaker in that blank. But that day, I didn't think those words any longer described me. I'm still a mom, I'm still a wife, I'm still, for the most part working at home. But this day I didn't know what to put. I finally settled on homemaker, but that may change someday as well. Jobs will come and go, children will grow up and leave the nest, I will grow older and may not be able to write or type on a computer. Many things that I do, that may describe me will change, but after reading this verse, I finally decided on what to put in the occupation blank.
I am the child of the One True King, and because He has adopted me into his family I will always be His. Now, I didn't really enter this into the occupation line on the form, but why not? What's the worst thing that could happen if I said, daughter of the One True King? I'd probably be asked, what in the world does this mean and then I could tell them about my King. Are you a child of the One True King?

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Dear Lydia,(fictional name) I've thought a lot about you since our coffee day last week. Not in a 'creepy' way , but in how can I direct your steps to follow and love God, because I know that is your heart's desire. After seeing you I read an interview by Jen Wilkin, the author of Women of the Word. The interview was about books on her shelf, what she is reading and the authors that have influenced her life. Here is her brief list.
  • The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer... I have read this since college and read it almost every year.
  • The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
She has also been influenced by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, G.K. Chesterson and Augustine. She also read R.C. Sproul, Wayne Grudem, James Boice and John Stott. I like Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem and was encouraged as I read the scriptures pointing me to Jesus.
...keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith.,,...therefore, strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees... Hebrews 12:2, 12 Let us strive to know the Lord. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water the land." Hosea 6:3
So, dear friend, shall we start together in knowing God and looking to Him every second of everyday. I am making Colossians 1:10 my new life verse because I want to walk worthy of the Lord. I want to be fully pleasing to Him and bear fruit in every good work and grow in the knowledge of our Great God. Love, Jody This letter is not fiction, but the name is. I wrote it earlier this year to a friend who asked for some reading material to help her focus on the Lord. This letter is a result of that request.