I found a picture this week that brought a smile.
This is my dad reading a bedtime story to me. I remember this ritual with great fondness. My father instilled in me a love of books. Books held a special place in our home. Books were regarded as friends. Books were included in the budget along with food for the fridge and gas for the car. Going into my father’s study, surrounded by his books on theology, education, health, history and his beloved Agatha Christie and P.D. James mysteries I found solace, comfort and inspiration. My parents recently downsized to a smaller home, but there continues to be plenty of space for my Dad’s books. And I still find great pleasure in perusing the titles on his bookshelves.
Thanks Dad for reading to me and for showing me what it looks like to be a life-long learner.
I’ll be posting some thoughts this week on recent titles I’ve read. Hope you’ll share some of your book finds with me as well! Happy reading!
Today I woke up singing an old song:
Without Him I would be nothing,
Without Him I’d surely fail,
Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail.
(Without Him, lyrics and music by Mylon LeFevere)
It was most interesting when later in the day I was reading Scripture and my eyes fell on this verse:
We must therefore pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away (Hebrews 2:1).
The interesting timing aside, this scriptural exhortation captures my attention. As I ponder the words, I don’t think the author is talking about intentional drifting, but rather the neglect of our anchor—in other words, nonchalance about the Christian walk. The Greek word for drifting used in this passage is a word picture that depicts something slipping away. I see the visual of a boat drifting away from the purposed harbor due to distraction or lack of interest.
If I interpret this Scripture correctly, the protection to drifting away is to pay attention to what I have heard. What is that? The abridged version: the words of Christ.
I’m in a period of transition right now. I don’t use this as an excuse, but during this time when I’m in between involvement in Christian community and a regular routine I want to be sure to pay attention to the nurture of my inner life with Christ. I’m grateful for his gentle nudging today.
What are some signs that let you know you’re drifting in your walk with Christ?
©Brenda Pace, 2010
Today I welcome my friend Victoria Robinson as a guest blogger. Victoria is an outstanding speaker, Bible teacher and mentor to many young women. Victoria is also an avid reader and I am honored to share a book review on a recent book she has found meaningful. Thanks for sharing your insight and wisdom Victoria!
Over the years I have enjoyed many aspects of being involved in women’s ministry, and one of these is mentoring. The desire for discipleship and spiritual mothering seems to be the heart’s cry of many young women. With intentionality and lots of prayer effective intergenerational ministry can happen. It can even happen in military communities amidst all the moves and changes. What a blessing to share with the next generation the truths of scripture and the biblical principles that compose a walk of faith!
In this season of being a seasoned woman I have enjoyed many enriching relationships with younger women. There is an amazing work of God in the lives of seasoned women and younger women alike when they are committed to a mentoring relationship. Some of the young women in the women’s ministry in which I am involved have called the older women “W.O.Ws.” W.O.W. is an acronym for Women of Wisdom! The concept is that every woman needs a “W.O.W” in her life!
In the book Spiritual Mothering, author Susan Hunt explains the mandate, the model and the method for a mentoring relationship. Using scripture and personal testimonies, Susan encourages both the mature woman to step out in faith to mentor and the younger woman to be teachable. In Susan’s words, spiritual mothering happens when, “a woman possessing faith and spiritual maturity enters into a nurturing relationship with a younger woman in order to encourage and equip her to live for God’s glory.”
The central scripture for God’s mandate to mentor is from Titus 2:3-5: Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live…to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
The model Susan cites for mentoring is the relationship between Elizabeth and Mary, the mother of Jesus. She describes Mary’s visit to Elizabeth while pregnant with Jesus and says, “When women do for other women what Elizabeth did for Mary, I believe we will see young women burst forth in lives of praise to God.”
The method for mentoring is found in Hebrews 10:24-25: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Considering one another, spurring one another on, meeting together, and encouraging one another all describe the spiritual mothering process.
Every time I receive an email or a phone call that starts with,” Momma Victoria” my heart jumps with joy and expectation for how God is going to bless both of us with more of God’s plan and God’s purpose for women!
©Victoria Robinson, 2010
It’s celebration week for our family!
Today is my youngest son Joseph’s birthday.
Some words that come to mind when I think of this son:
Creative, calm, and caring
Deep, dependable, and daring
Loyal, laidback, and lovable
Hilarious, helpful, and honorable
Good, gentle and generous
Independent, interesting, and Industrious
He is all these things and more and I pray he knows today and everyday how blessed I am to be his mom.
Happy Birthday dear Joseph!
Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. ~Gene Fowler
I have a couple of writing deadlines looming in front of me.
Today I’m thinking it might make it more fun if I had one of these: