Intersecting Life and Faith

Tag: Dusty Women (Page 3 of 5)

Interviews of women who follow Jesus, clinging to the hem of his garment.

Judy & Cody

What’s this, no Sanctity of Human Life posts? as I perused past January blog posts

Not a one. They have to be somewhere, because I’ve been pro-life since my senior year in high school when my English teacher gave me an unfair grade on my term paper because she disagreed with my findings on abortion.

None to be found, probably in a different category, but you deserve something fresh!!  🙂

I’m pro-life!! How’s that!!

Roe v. Wade is 41 years old and has seen better days as this Christianity Today article explains. It is lengthy, but well worth the time as we stand up to take the challenge of making murder of the unborn illegal.

Why we need to stop saying ‘As Long as It’s Healthy’. How about saying instead ‘as long as he or she gets here?’

Ok, so  I found a post that originally was written with the names changed. A shining example of sanctity of human life.

In honor of my sister-in-law Judy and my nephew Cody.

Joy,(ficticious name)Judy is my sister-in-law and the mother of Cody with Down’s Syndrome. You don’t see many children or adults around anymore with that particular disability because our culture decided they would be of no benefit to society…so they are aborted thanks to early detection with ultrasound to see if my baby will be perfect. A recent statistic is 90% of Down’s babies are aborted.

If it has a defect of ANY kind I can then decide I don’t want to deal with a disability my child may have and get rid of it. Can you tell I feel very strongly about this subject…I hate abortion.

If there was ever a mother I wanted to emulate it is Joy Judy. I haven’t been able to spend as much time with her as I would like, but nine years ago JoyJudy  and Cody and myself and Lauren spent several days together at Disneyland in California. Joy Judy never skipped a beat in her care and love for her son Charlie(fictious na Cody. She was the epitome of peace, patience, kindness, long-suffering…ALL the fruit of the Spirit and more. I know that without Christ she would not have the strength to care for her son, who is now a fun-loving teenager and ready to graduate from high school. She has sought out the best help, education, nutrition and care for Charlie Cody always making sure his needs are met. She is an example to me of what it truly means to die to self.

Joy Judy is an authentic and transparent friend and dear sister-in-law, who I am privileged to know and love. I never have to look far when I want to see what Jesus looks like.

One of my heroes.

I have been to a lot of funerals, hearing how wonderful the deceased person was. Hearing their service to Jesus, and their love of family and friends. I’ve often wondered why we wait until our loved ones are gone to express to them what they mean to us? I do not write this heroes series to elevate them, but to encourage them to press on in what they are doing and to say thank you for being an example to me and everyone else.

Lovely Ladies of Lafayette Alliance


These pictures are priceless. Images of followers of Jesus I am honored to know. IMG_1968


Fall Refocus is our Great Commission Women’s fall retreat that I usually attend, but it fell on the weekend of our week long missions conference…and Lauren and Rob’s birthday.IMG_1978


This one needs no explanation!!IMG_1976


The next two were taken at our Second Saturday meetings, held…well every second Saturday of the month. IMG_2112




Katie…love her…she’s having 3 cups of coffee!!IMG_2229


Becky, fearless leader of Great Commission Women. I’m sure she would appreciate our continued prayers as she recovers from a freak accident. She is God’s woman for the job of leading the women of Lafayette Alliance. IMG_2108


And finally, a copy of the workbook we are using in our women’s Bible studies, held during Sunday School, Wednesday morning and Thursday night. Studying Sweeter than Chocolate–Psalm 119. One of our attendees is writing the hebrew alphabet, part of the (2)

Dusty Women-Kathy

Months ago I came across Titus 2 Tuesday blog posts. Inspired to do the same thing I set out to make a list of my own questions. Women who have encouraged me to be a radical follower of Jesus. Radical in the sense they love God with all the heart, mind and soul and their neighbor as themselves. They are ordinary women who love and serve an Extraordinary God. Women I want to be like so the Word of God will not be dishonored. Titus 2:5

I ask about coffee or tea and vanilla or chocolate to find out who I will be drinking coffee and eating chocolate cake with!!

I wanted a catchy title other than God’s Women, so I asked a friend for help and she said

what is something that defines us? Maybe not where we’re from but where we’re going?

I always love the analogy of following Jesus so closely that you get the dust of your shepherd on you. Following in the footsteps of your Shepherd.  So you could call us Dusty Women.

I have known Kathy since we came to Lafayette. I came to know her much better when I sat with her husband Joe while she was in surgery having a mastectomy, and then shortly after that surgery, another mastectomy. Yes, she had breast cancer. As I write, I can hear her saying

This is what God taught me during my breast cancer or her testimony of God being with her through all of it.

Kathy is a friend I’ve had quite a few adventures with, but this is her story not mine, so I will let her tell it.

Describe yourself in 5-7 words

Child of the King, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, care-giver, friend

Kathy, how did you become a Christian?

My son Joey, was used by God to draw me and my husband to Himself. With Joey being a real handful and my husband on the road driving truck, I felt like a single mother. Through my job, I met a wonderful Christian woman who prayed for me then invited me to her church. I remember the first Sunday I was to go not wanting to get up. Not wanting to let the devil win, I went to church. The following Sunday my husband went and we both wanted what the people at the Church had. We gave our hearts to Christ that weekend.  I felt like a new person and I was and am a new person in Christ. I am truly thankful to God everyday with my mission in life to look like Jesus.

What does God’s Word mean to you?

God’s Word amazes me! As I walk along my path being a Christian, God’s Word becomes more precious. During my struggles I remember Philippians 4:13; Romans 8:28. Wow, I was called according to His purpose. When I was going through my breast cancer I remember the Lord giving me His wonderful grace to face everything. I knew I was never alone and He took away my fears. It is a wonderful feeling knowing His grace and I know His grace will someday lead me home.

What does the Church, the body of believers, mean to you?

Every time I am with my Church family, I feel love and acceptance. Fellowship with other Christians brings me great joy. I am the crazy lady asking people after church, “What are you doing for lunch?” I also know the body of Christ will always be with me like a warm blanket covering me with love and prayer.

What do you enjoy about being a wife? Mother? Grandmother?

I was married at 19. I know now I didn’t know what real love was. The Lord blessed me with a caring and loving man. He has seen me at my worst and still loves me. I know this by the way he takes care of me when I’m sick. I enjoy the companionship we share. There are times I will think about something and he will say, “I was just thinking about that!” I enjoy most of all is the caring and love we share even if it is just watching TV together. I am glad we are together as in the early years, it was the Lord who kept us together. As a mother I enjoy the bond and love I have with my three adult children. I enjoy the love they have for me as well, even though they can break my heart at times. I love EVERYTHING about being a grandmother. I love spending time with them. I could spend all day on the floor playing with them. Of course, there is nothing feels better than the love they give back.

Do you drink coffee or tea?

I drink black coffee with an ice-cube. I like my coffee strong!(me too) There’s nothing worse than a wimpy cup of coffee.

Do you prefer vanilla or chocolate?

I usually will get chocolate, but I can be swayed if I can get french vanilla. My favorite indulgence is milk chocolate candy. DOVE brand is the best!


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