Jody Lynne

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Thank You Firstborn

Written earlier this month. Today is Justin's 27th birthday. Today I am writing in response to Kara from Mundane Faithfulness. She began a series writing grace letters asking her blogging friends to join her. This weeks assignment is to write a letter of love and gratitude to someone from my past that has changed my tomorrows. Someone who has loved me well and taught me about life. This post was not done yesterday because I have had trouble narrowing it down to one person. My first thought upon reading the assignment was of course my parents. I've known them the longest and definitely have taught me much love and grace. My dad continues to teach me, not from the grave, but in how he lived his life...serving others. I thought of my husband and children, lifelong friends, godly women placed in my life at just the right time and so many of our church communities that have taught me what real love looks like. To narrow it down to one has become a challenge. MD 2

Dear Firstborn,

When we knew you were on your way almost twenty-seven years ago, I said to your father, 'I hope it's a boy, because I didn't have an older brother, just two sisters. He said, well he won't be your brother.' He had me on that one. It was my dream for you to be a boy because I wanted our other children to have an older brother. When you came on the scene who knew it would be you that would teach so much about love, grace, patience and kindness? We were up in the middle of the night together for many months, maybe it was a couple of years. During those nights of wishing I was sleeping you kept me company even if you were crying, teaching me to love even when it's hard. Teaching me that the world did not revolve around a new mother. You would teach me to lean hard on my Savior as you entered your teen years when times were not so great between us. Patience, kindness and the promise these days would not last forever were lessons you taught me as you left for boot camp several days after high school graduation. Little did I know there was more to learn as you turned in your little blue saw you used as a pretend gun for a real weapon when joined the military and was called to serve your country in the Middle East. Your love for your country was contagious. That year was one of the hardest for your mom, whose love grew beyond words. There was only God to trust with your life. He proved enough and He was faithful to get me through the year you were thousands of miles away. You have taught me faith and hope, but the greatest has been love. Thank you to my only son, and thank you for being the big brother to your three sisters.  

 

Mundane Faithfulness
           

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!  

Dusty Women-Carolyn D.

The next installment of Dusty Women, bet you thought this series was done.  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 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 Carolyn D. for ten years. I count it an honor to know this quiet and humble woman. I haven't spent as much time with her as I would like because she and her husband come to church from over a half hour away. When we do get to have lunch together with our spouses, she is like a sister...we just pick up where we left off. I interviewed Carolyn a month ago via email. Her response tells you the kind of person she is, humble and transparent.

Sorry this took me over a month to do.  I have thought about my answers to your questions over and over and hoped that they would come out profoundly and awesome but they aren't.....that isn't me.  I finally realized a few minutes ago that what matters is that we give testimony to Him when asked to and hopefully bring glory to Him and not ourselves.

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Describe yourself in 5-7 words.

Lover of life; often sliding in sideways!  (I LOVE this description--Jody)

That sounds like “crazy talk” so I think I will say this: daughter, sister, His child, aunt, wife, friend.  I listed these adjectives chronologically in terms of my life (with the exception of friend.  I’ve been blessed to have friends my whole life.)  If I were to prioritize these adjectives, my hope would be to have my description look like this:  His child, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend.

Briefly describe how and when you were rescued from the domain of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of God.   Colossians 1:13.

I do not remember the exact date when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.  It was summertime and I was around seven or eight years old.  My best friend had invited me to Vacation Bible School (VBS) at her church and it was during VBS one morning when I placed my faith and trust in Jesus Christ and asked him to come into my life.  Unfortunately for me, by the time I reached my late teens and early 20’s the “things of the Lord” were not of importance to me and I pretty much lived my life as I pleased.  Right after my 24th birthday, I realized I had pretty much reached the end of myself and had a huge void in my life.  It was at that time that I recommitted my life to the Lord and I have never looked back!  Although I regret those “lost years” of my late teens and early 20’s, I know that it was not the Lord who moved away from me, but instead it was me who pushed the Lord away.  He never leaves (Hebrews 13:5); He restores and redeems; His grace and mercy are amazing!

 

What encouragement would you give to a woman of any age who has found out life has not turned out how she envisioned it to be?

Two words:  Trust Him!  When I was around five years old there were three things I dreamed for my life:  to be a wife, to be a mother, and to be a school teacher.  That dream never really changed but never became reality as I had envisioned it would.

As a teenager, I had many opportunities to play mother to my two younger sisters while my mother battled severe depression.  At age 29, I had a failed first marriage and shortly thereafter, saw my parents’ marriage unravel after 40 years of marriage.  A few years later, the Lord brought a wonderful man into my life, my husband Bob.  Since that time, we have dealt with infertility, Bob’s cancer battle over the last nine years, job losses for both of us, and most recently navigating the care of aging parents. Although my life has not turned out like anything I had envisioned it to be, I have come to realize that it is okay to surrender my dreams to Him.  His plans for me are better.  Bob and I did not get to become parents, but we have been blessed with the privilege of being uncle and aunt to several wonderful nieces and nephews.  As for the school teacher dream, well, 3½ years ago the Lord led me to an administrative assistant position in the high school within the school district where we live.  I work for two principals and although I do not teach, I get to interact with students in a school setting.  For me, it is a great job (and mission field). Some of my favorite verses are found in Isaiah 43:1-3
”Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  For I am the Lord, your God….”
He has redeemed us; He will not leave us; He will bring us through whatever the situation is.  We simply have to trust Him.

What does God’s Word mean to you?

For me, God’s Word is life.  It is my daily bread.  It is comfort and guidance.  And I especially love the places where God reveals His sense of humor within His Word!

What does the Body of Christ mean to you?

I like to think of the Body of Christ as God’s word in action.  In terms of the church where I worship, LaFayette Alliance Church, the Body of Christ reveals itself as an awesome family.  We all come together with our strengths and weaknesses; sometimes bruised and broken in search of the One True God.  As a part of the body, not only should we seek to be cared for/served, but we should also seek to serve and care for others.

Coffee or Tea?

Tea.  Sweet tea and flavored iced teas!

Vanilla or Chocolate?

Chocolate.  White chocolate, dark chocolate, and then milk chocolate.  My husband will tell you that it’s one of the five basic food groups!
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