~Monday’s Mid-life Mama~
He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, because he was fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
Romans 4:20-21 (HCSB)
I have a new friend named Carol. I am catching glimpses of her life; her childhood, her time in Africa and her heart. She is soft-spoken and, in my eyes, a pillar of faith. She has committed her life to giving God’s Word to those He loves in West Africa and she celebrates a life of mission work that is just shy of forty years.
She is quick to dismiss any lofty thoughts I may have of her. She tries to settle my “faith-comparison-trap” game of some works being higher than others. Carol says no calling is greater than the other – that the calling of a mother to child is just as important as the call of a Westerner to the Ivory Coast. She is honest and real.
Carol shared her “Stagger Not” verse that has been a pillar of strength. With tears in her eyes she speaks of a second mother whose faith she admired. Second Mother took her in, invested God’s Word and modeled a life of unwavering doubt. Second Mother was always convinced God would come through. Carol wants to be more like this woman who lived out God-trust and she wants to believe with an unwavering faith that does not stagger to the left or to the right. She has witnessed miraculous deeds performed by God and yet, in her humanness, she has a need for more belief. As I would like to be more like Carol, Carol would like to be more like her second mother.
And so the pattern goes from faith-filled to faith-filled and the Spirit moves from one to the next to encourage and grow.
As she shares, Jesus speaks to me. He weaves Himself through her words to my heart and strength comes in the form of hope – hope for me. If this loved one, who I hold in esteem, needs more faith than it’s okay that I do, too. Her “Stagger Not” verse becomes my offering and plea to God; His Word echoed back to Him by my heart. And isn’t that the way of a pilgrim’s journey? To want more hope, more trust, more faith – more Jesus.
I am on the right path.
In a brief afternoon I have been blessed. I’ve been encouraged by another woman who is honest and real in her need for more trust and I understand further that completion is never on this side of heaven.
No matter what we have given out, there is always a need for more to be received.
I pray that you will be real with other women in your life and that you will let them see your desire for more trust and faith. I pray you will encourage others by letting down your walls and revealing a life that needs more God and I pray others will do the same in return.
Jesus, I need You and I need more faith and trust in my life. Help me to be real with other women, and them with me, so we can encourage each other with hope. It’s in the Name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
I pray you Live Like You Know …where you are going.
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Bonnie’s heart is set on the journey toward heaven and finding God-purpose in the seasons and struggles of life. Her passion is for women to know they are never moving from one “hard” to the next. In every circumstance Jesus is building them up from strength to strength until they see Jesus face to face. Bonnie is a cancer survivor, writer, speaker, and creator of the blog, LiveLikeYouKnow.com. She is a contributor for Tracie Miles’ upcoming book, Your Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past to Create a Beautiful Future and Ministry Assistant for a Proverbs 31 author and speaker. You can connect with her through her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.