“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;” 2 Timothy 3:14
I have been blessed with many women of faith in my life. Both my grandmothers were strong Christians, and their well-worn Bibles were never far from their sides. Likewise, my mother, who passed away when I was in my early twenties, had an intense love for the Lord and His Word. All these women played a part in raising me to know my Bible, and because of them I came to know the Lord as my own savior.
They have all been gone from my life for many years, although the things they taught me as a child have stayed with me. Sweet, sweet memories.
Since then, there have been other women friends who have had a huge impact on my faith, offering me words of wisdom gleaned from their many years of experience, and to them I offer my sincere gratitude. I’ve learned to listen to the elder women at my church. Where some younger people may not want to take the time to listen, I consider it a privilege.
Which brings me full circle as now I find myself in the position of being one of those “elder” women. When I speak of my life stories and share my faith, I often find the younger women listening to my words and watching me very carefully. It is a humbling experience, and one I take very seriously.
Each one of us as Christians have people around us – watching. Some of them might be waiting for us to mess up (don’t we all!) so they can belittle our faith. Some of them may just be watching to find out how sincere we are about our beliefs. But believe me when I say – they ARE watching.
I pray my witness it a good one and I pray yours is also.
God’s blessings on each one of you!
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.”
I love words.
I take pleasure in writing them down on a piece of paper with a pen, typing them with my fingertips poised over the keyboard, and seeing them in print. There is a musical quality to words when they are written in such a way that they seem to roll off the tongue when spoken, or perhaps flow across the page in a rhythm as you read them.
Words are beautiful.
Words put together can tell a story. With words we can share our deepest thoughts, our most tragic moments, or our most poignant feelings. Or we can hurt people.
I prefer to use my words for good.
Some of my favorite words are from John, Chapter 1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
“The Word” referred to in this case is of course, Jesus. He was with God before he came here to Earth, and He was God, and He always was. Not easy for us mortals to understand, but true nonetheless.
I have to confess, He’s my favorite Word. 🙂
Have a blessed day – and continue to read and study The Word – better known as The Bible!
“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley
I’m not one of those people who make New Year’s resolutions. I decided years ago there was no sense in my making a promise to do something I had no intention of following through on.
Instead, I make lists.
These are things I should already be doing (and probably I am to some extent), but they are things I should concentrate on even more. For instance:
1) Read my Bible more.
I read scripture daily, but with my busy life, I rarely make the effort to sit down and read large chunks of it at a time. By not allowing myself the time to do this, I’m missing out on some of the greatest stories ever written. Sure, I’ve read the Bible through – cover to cover – several times in my life; that’s not the point. I NEED to read the Word more. I’m not feeding my mind and soul enough of God’s Word if I’m not reading it more. There is so much there I still need to learn about Him and there’s no better place to learn than the Bible.
2) Spend more time with my family.
I love my husband and my kids and grand-kids more than I can say. God has blessed me with a wonderful family and I want to spend as much time with them as I can. Time goes by way too fast and I don’t want to miss out on any of it if I can help it.
3) Use the gifts that God has given me.
This one is HUGE. I’ve only become convinced in the last year or so that God has actually given me gifts – writing novels being one of them. For several years I ignored God’s calling and did nothing with this gift. I have to tell you, I was miserable. I will not ignore God’s calling again. I’m going to complete the novel I’m working on, and hopefully write at least one more during 2013. At least, that’s what’s on my list! 🙂
As we look forward to the New Year of 2013, let us keep our minds and our eyes on God. I can’t think of a better way to start it!
“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me; for thou art the God of my salvation; on these do I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:5
Happy New Year!