Intersecting Life and Faith

Dusty Women-Sue

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 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 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)

Sue Maloney gets dust on her. She was one of the first ladies I met over ten years ago when we came to visit Lafayette Alliance Church. Rob was in meetings so she loaded me and our four kids in her van and took us for a tour of Syracuse. I felt like I had known her all my life, and you will feel the same after this interview.


Sue, how and when did God rescue you from the domain of darkness and transfer you into His Kingdom? (Colossians 1:13)

My second grade teacher got me into a church camp even tho I was not of age. (Lacked six weeks)There I was introduced to Jesus, a friend that sticks closer than a brother. My mother was ill and I needed a friend. Because of my conversion my whole family attended church and my brother and I were baptized then next year after. I was raised in that bible believing church. I attended a religious college for three semesters before transferring to the University of Idaho. I met Ralph the summer before my senior year. After our first child was born I was drawn back to The Lord.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have been married 51 years. We have three children 50′ 49, and 48 as of July 9th, 2013. Being a wife and mother is what I thought all girls were suppose to do.  I was a better teen mother than baby mother but it could have been that I was worn out most of the time.

What advice would you give a young mom?

One piece of advise I would give a new mom would be to take care of herself physically and spiritually so she has something to give her children.

What is your encouragement regarding God’s Word and becoming a student of it?

Bible study enriches your whole outlook on life,shapes and changes you from the inside out. If you want to be what God meant you to be you have to be close to the Maker.

Chocolate or vanilla?

As for chocolate or vanilla. I like vanilla because I get tired of chocolate and not a fan of dark chocolate .

Sue and her husband have recently been on several short term missions trips to Africa. The grass does not grow under their feet as they help in our AWANA program, Sue teaches womens Bible studies and Ralph is one of our elders. They have both learned to not waste their lives as they follow their Savior in whatever He calls them to do. She recently spoke for a few minutes in a missions presentation we had during our Sunday School hour. She emphasized the importance of knowing God’s Word inside and out. I couldn’t agree with her more.

Are you getting the dust of your Savior on you?


  1. Sandy Booher

    I agree with both of the above comments! Sue and Ralph are blessing to us all at LaFayette Alliance church! They are truly servants!

  2. Luanne Reilly Oda

    Good questions & answers from one Godly woman to another, enjoyed reading

  3. Robert Gates

    Sue and her husband Ralph are true treasures to us and to the congregation of the Lafayette Alliance Church! We’re blessed to know them!

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