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.
— Dusty Women —
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