Hello Beautiful Sparrows! God has recently been telling me, “Give it away” and that is just what I am doing! I’ve invited some beautiful souls from my favorite Facebook community for women in the 50+ season of life, The Consilium: A Collective Where Wisdom Meets Grace. Enjoy the words from their hearts and, if you don’t mind, would you give my friend, Summer a hug by leaving a comment and giving a share or a tweet? And come on over to The Consilium – we would love to see you there!
Who answers an advertisement in the newspaper like this?
“FIND GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE: LADIES BIBLE STUDY GROUP”
Gratefully, I did. There I met many retired women, but Marilyn stuck out because she had answers to our questions on the tip of her tongue; with scriptures. We became fast friends. Occasionally we’d ride to lunch after the meeting and she’d crank up Chris Tomlin and sing at the top of her lungs. I felt like a teenager as we sat at stoplights and I sunk down in my seat looking to see if anyone was staring! She always made me smile.
Many years, many hugs, many texts and many visits later with Marilyn, I asked to hear her story. Her favorite verse was Isaiah 50:4 and she lives that life today.
“Isaiah 6 changed my life. I was about 35 years old.”
Marilyn didn’t share her story often because she said her purpose was for others to know God, not to know her. I wasn’t going to stop asking questions, but then she read to me:
“‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.’ Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” Isaiah 6:5-8 NIV.
She was born to an unmarried, promiscuous woman who used to frequent a local diner. She asked the waitress if she knew of anyone that would take a 27 month old baby girl. Taken aback, the woman spoke to her husband that night and they went to see this little girl.
Standing in her crib, with a dirty dress and urine-soaked socks that had dried in her shoes, she was the most pitiful sight they had ever seen. Her hair was covered with lice, but the man and his wife agreed to take her to their home that night.
They cleaned her up, and gave her the love and attention she had been missing. Soon, they adopted Marilyn. They taught her about Jesus and His love. At age 35, Marilyn sealed her faith in Jesus with Isaiah 6.
Now, at age 70, she loves me, and many others, as Jesus would love. She helped to clean me up, by pouring into me, and continues to minister to me even to this day.
No matter what your age, no matter what your background, God has a plan for you. You are loved.
“Here I am, Lord, send me.”
You can find Summer laughing, learning, and all the while encouraging you by sharing her slapstick stories of life on her blog: ChickCanDo.wordpress.com
Summer is an (in)courage Co-Leader for the group Extraordinary Grace. When she’s not there, she’s busy illustrating children’s books and decorating anything that might be painted with calligraphy. (Keep moving or she might just paint you!) Being a Christian shows in everything she does and with everyone she meets.
A Texas native, and alumni of Abilene Christian University, she now resides in Virginia with her husband of 15 years, 4 rescue dogs and 17 chickens. Rural life is lovely, and you’ll likely hear about the shenanigans when you visit her on her blog, or her personal Facebook page.