Growing up, I was not raised in a “walk with Jesus” home. God was believed in, but so were many other spiritual things.
I came to Christ when I was sixteen years old, and since that time, God has provided Spiritual Mom’s along the way. These are women that have shown me the unconditional love of Christ. They have shown through example, word, and life that Jesus is real. I have learned lessons from each woman who I could not learn in a book, or from well-meaning family members that do not know Christ. I could not learn these lessons from my peers, from men, or from the many examples the world has to offer.
No, the lessons learned by my Spiritual Mom’s are treasures that have changed my life forever.
Vicki was my first experience with a woman who I watched and learned from. Thirty some years later, I am still watching and learning. I learned about family, commitment, perseverance, and always being positive when things were bleak. She continues to teach me that you do what is right because it is right. Her family is her treasure and her mothering has been a great encyclopedia of wisdom, laughter, and experience that helped me through difficult years in my own attempts at mothering. The most important life lessons were that everything seems better when your carpet is freshly vacuumed, and pine-sol makes your house smell like you cleaned all day!
Julia, was my next Spiritual mom. I learned about a life of unwavering integrity. She continues to this day to represent a woman with a teachable spirit and is always growing in the Lord. She was my Pastor, my Shepherd, and continues to have a very special place in my heart even though we are miles apart. I learned about grieving well, teaching me first hand as she faced a personal unthinkable tragedy. She introduced me to wanting the deeper things of God, and she taught me about acceptance…as she embraced a broken and hurting young woman who needed guidance. I have learned about forgiveness through Julia’s example, making the hard choices to follow God, and always put the Bible and Prayer first. And of course, and important tidbit I now need in my convertible bug, is that you CAN and SHOULD use the air conditioner when the top is down! And don’t forget your scarf!
Nelda, what a treasure. My first encounter with Nelda was when I was teaching and she was watching me with crossed arms and an inquisitive look. I thought for sure she disapproved! My greatest joy in Nelda is her honesty. She loves me enough to tell me when I am crossing lines, and how to improve as a teacher of the Word. Her looks are often out of concern that I protect myself and use wisdom above all things. She is one of the wisest women I know. She is always behind the scenes and yet always in the forefront of my heart. Nelda has taught me that it is o.k. to be real when life is not easy. She has led by example to take off the mask and say it like it is, and God loves you all the more for it. As a Pastor’s wife, she has taught me that you don’t jump ship when things are not to your liking. I see faithfulness in her, and exuberant life. She has a discerning spirit that is alert, and her constant awareness of when I need prayer always amazes me. The most important lesson I have learned from Nelda is to sing! And the Old Hymns ROCK!
And then there is Momma Mary. To be hugged by her is to be embraced, swallowed up by grace, and touched by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Mary has taught me to watch my mouth! Speak faith, child! Everything she does, says, and believes comes from the Word of God. She challenges me constantly to be faith focused. No matter the circumstance, she does not break out a sweat…she trusts God completely. She has not had an easy life, she has had to put God to the test and He has never failed her. She is like a magnet in a room, much like Jesus was. Everyone wants just a moment with Mary. I am privileged to call her my momma! And she don’t mess around, the devil doesn’t stand a chance when Mary prays! The most important lesson I have learned from Mary is to make sure you have a chair behind the people you lay hands on to pray for! You never know what God may do!
I could continue on…I have been greatly blessed by the richness of fellowship with Godly women.
Yes, I have been hurt by women, but the riches of what I have experienced in the presence of women of faith that truly live out what the Bible teaches far surpasses any pain a woman has caused me. I hear too many times that women do not want to go to a Women’s Bible Study or event because they are afraid…
I challenge you to let Jesus introduce Himself to you through the eyes, the words, the hugs, the tears, the laughter, the prayers, the journey together of women touching the lives of other women.
I am so grateful for these women, and others that I could have shared about, that have graced many lives. I pray that as we celebrate Mother’s today, we not forget the Spiritual Mom’s in our lives. And for those women, who are afraid, I pray for courage to step out and receive what can only be given woman to woman. Father, you knew what we needed…thank you! Make me into a woman who will bless others as I have been greatly blessed.
In Jesus lovely Name,