Several 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
The last two questions have nothing to do with being a wife or mother or our walk with the Lord. Just wondering who I'm going to have coffee and 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.(LS)
I love the fact that she said we need to be defined by where we're going not where we've been. (Philippians 3:13-14)
I met Susan, it seems, a hundred years ago. Susan and her family came to our church in Indiana. It was almost twenty years ago that we would have met for the first time, so my memory has faded as to our first meeting. We didn't spend a lot of time together in the early years of our friendship. She was busy with her two children as a fulltime wife and mother and teaching her children. I was busy with three kids who were 4 1/2 and under. I knew and know I can count on Susan for anything even now as 643 miles separate us. ( I googled the distance).
One memory that has not faded is our time together picking blueberries after a day of Vacation Bible School. We loaded up our kids and headed to the blueberry patch only to find it under water...well up to our knees. Did we turn around and go home? No, we put the buckets on like a necklace and waded through the water and picked. I remember a lot of laughter, mosquito bites and mud. But it was a great day to spend with Susan and her kids.
We don't get to see each other very often, but to this day she remains a friend that sticks closer than a brother(sister) as she prays for our family and encourages me through fb messages and an occasional text. When we did see each other almost two years ago, she met me at the airport...it was if we had never been apart.
I caught up with Susan as she vacationed with her husband in New York City, my interview had to wait until she got home. I could not find a picture of Susan alone, this is with her daughter Sarah.
Susan, how and when were you rescued from the domain of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of God? (Colossians 1:3)
When I was seven years old, a team of individuals from Emmaus Bible School in Oak Park, IL had been ministering at the small church that my siblings and I would attend every Sunday morning in Knox. It was through the hearing of the gospel during this time that the Lord had drawn me to Himself. Although I do not exactly recall to whom I had expressed a desire to know more (must have been to one of my older sisters), I distinctly remember one Saturday afternoon when one of the young married couples was staying at our house. Eloise Dyer took me aside into a bedroom where she clearly explained the plan of salvation. Although I was very young, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Lord had drawn me to Himself and accepted me as His very own. Needless to say, that was merely the beginning of the journey.
How long have you been married? And how many children do you have?
Married 34 years (7/15/79)
Two children (28 & 25)
What do you enjoy most about being a wife and mother?
I consider it an honor and a privilege - a very high calling - to be a wife and a mother. I find it difficult to be able to say there is one thing that I "enjoy most." I marvel that the Lord would even allow me to be a wife and mother. I know that it is often said that a girl/young woman "dreams about her wedding." I can honestly say that I never was "that girl." I completely identify with the words of Elisabeth Elliot, (paraphrase) "I never thought the Lord would give me a husband..." So, the fact that the Lord granted that I would be a wife is truly a gift. After being married, I was keenly aware that the Lord may choose to not grant to us the privilege of becoming parents. When He did bless us with one child and then another, it was nothing short of a miracle (in my eyes). I would like to think that Proverbs 31:25-31 are a few verses that have helped to bless, sustain, and encourage me in the role of wife and mother. The roles of mother and wife can be rewarding, yet exasperating and humbling. If humility and forgiveness are not part of the equation, then reward cannot result.
If you could encouragement to a young wife what would it be? A young mother?
Get into the Word REGULARLY. It must be more than church on Sunday morning.
(highlight mine) Nothing can substitute for the pure, unadulterated Word of God. It IS our/your (young wife/mother) life blood, our sustenance. I would strongly encourage her to put up hedges to help "avoid" the pressures of conforming to society - not only in secular society, but influences that may enter "the church" and "everyone" seems to be "on board" with the latest fad, myth, whatever. The Word of God will always prevail over the latest "theory." Remember, there is nothing new under the sun. 🙂 Rather than "wanting to be a part of a clique," test things according to Scripture. ALWAYS seek to nurture your relationship with the Lord first and then your husband. Praying with your spouse is critical!
What does Gods word mean to you?
It IS my daily Bread. Sadly, too frequently, I fail to partake of the nourishment that is essential for "right thinking." Needless to say, when I fail to feast on the Bread, it is obvious. 🙁
What does the body of Christ mean to you?
The body of Christ represents a oneness, a unity, the desire to walk alongside, encourage, rebuke (when appropriate), support, share in one another's burdens. "Body" is reflective of many parts, not isolationism. It requires "working together," not separation. As a member, a part of the body of Christ, we each have a responsibility before our Lord to be obedient in nurturing the entire body. If we are not healthy spiritually, we cannot expect to be a viable part of His body.
Coffee or Tea?
Vanilla or Chocolate?
You can read about other women who are getting dusty here.