Intersecting Life and Faith

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Interviews of women who follow Jesus, clinging to the hem of his garment.

Dusty Women

Ordinary women who love an extraordinary God. Clinging to Him, following Jesus so closely, getting the dust of their shepherd on them because Jesus walks with us in every season of life.

“My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:8

“I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

How can it be I began this series of posts almost five years ago? While this blog has remained quiet for 2019, I can’t seem to let it go, writing continues to be something I love to do, feel called to. This post on Daphne Stowe has been a year in the making. Her husband, Bruce became one of our church elders in January, I’ve wanted to put a face to his wife, because of her cancer she is unable to attend worship services, which she misses terribly, but would do well if we offered a service at 1 pm.

I’ve spent time with Daphne over this year and was happy to ride along with her last week to medical appointments in Rochester. What finally follows is my interview with her, my next installment of Dusty Women.

I’ve known Daphne for a long time, but since her cancer diagnosis of stage 4 Neuroendocrine cancer, we’ve spent more time together. I spent a glorious day with her last week, traveling first to Canandaigua NY where we ate lunch at a crepe cafe. Who knew there was such a thing? Delicious!! Then onto her appointments.

Daphne is a God-loving, Jesus follower who is confident in the days God numbered for her before she was even born. While those days seem fewer with this diagnosis, she is comforted that God does not change and those numbered days remain the same. Words that I would use to describe her are self-less, others-oriented who loves her husband and children. Our conversation on a very cloudy New York afternoon often centered around what can she do for others, what ministries can we begin to help others, how can she encourage others while limited in energy and stamina.

On the rare days she wants to descend into the depths of despair and attend her own pity party, she told me she chooses, she decides how she is going to live each day. She doesn’t want to waste her days feeling sorry for herself. Two words we kept circling back to were ‘attitude and perception.’ We choose each moment what our attitude will be.

A few questions to get to know Daphne a bit better.

  • Who has had the greatest spiritual impact on you and why? My mother, she had to be strong and always relied on her faith first in all things,(Daphne lost her dad when she was 11, so her mother was a single mother raising Daphne.)
  • What are three simple joys? She couldn’t narrow it down…family, friends, sunshine, wholesome nourishing food, sewing, knitting, nature, days I’m doing better than the day before, loves spending time near the water
  • What have been your consistent spiritual disciplines for every season of life? Prayer and thanksgiving, key Bible verses that specific significance to me, singing hymns, reading the Bible
  • Favorite food? super easy question…fresh seafood. Daphne is from Maine.

Dusty Women-Patti

This category of posts on Dusty Women is one of my favorites.

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, this is how she answered when I asked her help on a title for his series–

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. As Paul says in Philippians 3:12-13

forget what is behind.

Patti was definitely a dusty woman, she clung to Jesus every single day. I am sad that I didn’t interview her, but I’ve known her for many years. I speak of her in the past tense, because she is now with her Lord. On October 13, she closed her eyes in this world and opened them to see her Savior. I’m thrilled for her, but the spot she occupied in my heart and many others is quite noticeable, and her pew at church is empty.
But I learned from her to not dwell on the sadness. Patti was a shining example of how to live every single day to the fullest, not focusing on her suffering and circumstances, but always asking how you were doing. Her words were Bible saturated, and her response to any difficulty was not ‘woe is me’ but praying fervently and without ceasing. She was a trained professional cook, also working as a nanny because she loved children.
Patti left notes for my husband, also her pastor, on what she wanted included at her funeral service. She didn’t want a eulogy, and she probably would have said ‘stop talking about me’ if she heard what was said during the sharing time. She was not one for the spot light, she wanted the focus of her homegoing celebration to focus on what she had in Christ.
She and her husband did not have children, their needs were always met, but were not wealthy, Patti suffered many years with Chrohn’s disease, cancer, along with other physical ailments. She never complained, not to me anyway. You knew where you stood with Patti, one my favorite qualities about her, she lived transparently, never beating around the bush when answering a question.
I usually end my interviews asking some fun questions about food and drinks. She didn’t drink coffee or tea and she loved black licorce. She loved to cook, and was often found in our church kitchen showing us the way to prepare excellent food.
Patti loved God ultimately, God’s Word passionately, her husband unconditionally, and she didn’t know a stranger. She taught me how to live. She truly lived out Titus 2:3-5.

Dusty Women~~ Daisy Wallace

2014 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. As Paul says in Philippians 3:12-13…

forget what is behind.

Continuing my series of Dusty Women, my next friend to talk to is Daisy Wallace. I have known of Daisy for a long time as she has held several leadership positions in our women’s ministry of our local district. Over the past few years, as I have become more involved I have had the privilege of getting to know her better. She is an awesome inspiration as to how to follow Jesus. Her love of her Savior, family and women of God is evident as it is very apparent in how she lives her life loving God with all her heart, mind and soul and her neighbor as herself. Daisy is a wife, mother and presently is our District Director of Great Commission Women. I will let her tell the rest of the story.

Daisy

Daisy, would you describe yourself in 5-7 words?  

Lover of Jesus; passionate about family, ministry, missions.

Would you briefly describe how and when you were rescued from the domain of darkness and transferred in the Kingdom of God? (Colossians 1:13)

When I was seven years old, my pastor gave an altar call and I was convicted to go forward to pray and ask Jesus in my heart. I knew I was a sinner even at that young age and I wanted forgiveness. My mother had been explaining to me and showing me in God’s Word how Jesus wants us to live our lives for him.

What do you enjoy about being a wife? Describe marriage in 5 words

My biggest joy about being married is the deep love of my husband towards me like that of Jesus, his faithfulness to our marriage and to God, his support of ministry I am involved in.

Deep and faithful eternal no-strings attached love

Daisy and her husband Bob have been married over 50 years.

What advice would you give a young woman who is struggling with who she is?

Get into God’s Word and his promises of who we are in him. Be willing to become a one-on-one mentor/teacher or get her connected with one.

What does God’s Word mean to you?

God’s Word is my daily life blood, strength, peace, joy and “handbook” for life.

What does the local body of Christ mean to you?

Fellowship, accountability, teaching.

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