These posts are about women I know, faithfully following Jesus like the disciples who gave up everything, not knowing where they were going or what their life would look like, but following anyway.
As he was walking along the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon(who is also called Peter), and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea–for they were fishermen. “Follow me,” he told them, ” and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:18-20
As the owner and writer of Jody Lynne, I have a category of posts titled Dusty Women, which you can read here. The last post in this series is three years old and I’ve never answered the questions I have posed to others. You can read a bit about me at the tab labeled about. What follows is a bit more in-depth of who Jody is…for anyone who wants to know. 🙂
Describe yourself in 5-7 words
Dependable, responsible, hard-working, faithful, Jesus loving.
Briefly describe your walk of faith, where Jesus found you.
Jesus found me as a teenager in the country church we were attending. My lifelong friend Lori and I, answered the call to come to follow Jesus as teenagers. We haven’t looked back and love him to this day.
What do you do for work? Family?
I always wanted to be a wife and mother. I can’t remember wanting to do or be anything else. I tried different paths, but they did not fill the desire I had to be a wife and mother. Off to college, I did meet the man I would eventually marry. He would be called into the ministry and follow the call God had placed on him to be in full-time ministry. I had no idea what it meant to be a pastor’s wife, but I would soon find out. After five years of on and off again dating, we were married. You can read all about my growing up on a farm, college years, how Rob and I were married, and our ministry life in Confessions of a Farmer’s Daughter.
I remember the conversation we had regarding beginning a family. I could go to work full-time or we could begin our family where I would stay home with our children. I chose this path and never looked back.
I followed my desire and the call I believed God had placed on my life. I am privileged to be the mom of four adult children and four grandchildren. Over the years I provided childcare out of our homes, worked in bakeries, and recently resigned from a part-time job at our church. My newest undertaking is to get The Farmer’s Daughter Baking Co. up and running out of our home.
I love to write, bake, and drink coffee. I presently also serve on our local school board.
What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
The advice I would give to my 16-year-old self would be to stop chasing boys…stop daydreaming about boys…forget about boys. I guess you would say I was boy crazy, but not much to choose from at the country high school I went to with 23 in my graduating class. Chase your dreams, which means the life you want won’t come to you. The life you dream of and want is full of hard work.
I”m looking back on more years than I have in front of me, so I can say I’ve tried so many things I have loved, but not always easy. I wanted to write a book, so I self-published the book I previously mentioned. I love to write, so I began this blogging in 2008. During the COVID 2020 year, I began a YouTube channel( I don’t have many posts there.) If there is something you want to do, give it a try. While I don’t like to fail, it is part of learning, and I try, try again.
What does God’s Word mean to you?
God’s Word is food for my soul. I love to read it, study, and keep it near. I love to teach other women to love God’s Word through teaching Women’s Bible studies and Sunday School.
Do you drink coffee or tea? Sweet or salty? examples?
I drink coffee, black, sometimes with a flavored creamer. My favorite drink to order out is a Dirty Chai, which is a creamy chai tea with a shot of espresso. My go-to snack is any kind of chips.
What encouragement would you give to women today?
The encouragement I would give to women today is to be the woman God has called you to be. Don’t look to the right or to the left or behind you where the past lies and cannot be changed. Look to God’s Word for the woman He wants you to be and ask God to help you not compare yourself to any other woman. Be a woman who loves God with all her heart, mind, and soul and your neighbor as yourself.