She Shares Truth: Spiritual Mothering

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This week She Reads Truth is doing another edition of She Shares Truth so the SRT community can share their own thoughts about the book of Titus. I love this community!

11 years ago I hesitantly walked into my campus’ cafeteria and stood in line for my first dinner as a college student. I was attempting to look calm and cool on the outside, but inside I was terrified and insecure. “What am I doing? Do I look ok? What are people thinking of me?” were the thoughts running through my mind.

But then…

A woman with a green FCA t-shirt and pigtails walked up to me with a big smile and said “Hi, do you want to fill out a survey.” I agreed and noticed that most of the questions were spiritual, so I mentioned her FCA t-shirt (I was involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a high school student). She said she used to attend FCA in high school too, but now she works for another ministry (so she’s out of college, I thought…weird). She then invited me to an event with the Navigators. I remember looking at her inquisitively and thought to myself, “Why would UNI have a sailing club and how does that relate to this?” But I asked out loud, “What is the Navigators?” She explained that it was a college ministry that she was interning for and she would love to take me to their weekly meeting next Tuesday. I agreed (because what else was I doing on a Tuesday night as a timid Freshman?).

I took her phone number and she took my room number and said she’d stop by at 7:30 the following Tuesday…

As I look back on that moment, I see the holy appointment God made for Emily to meet me in that cafeteria one unassuming evening.Because for the next 4 years, Emily taught me what it looked like to walk with Jesus in every aspect of my life. She not only taught me how to read scripture, but she gave me a deep love and passion for the Word of God.  I saw it lived out in her life by the way she loved on strangers and friends. I saw her joy for sharing God’s love with those who didn’t yet know Jesus. I learned to pray to God in a way that was more than a list of needs and desires because of her deep communion with God that she let me in on from time to time. I knew her love for me ran deep when she would wake up before 6am to meet me at Panera to talk about life and study the Bible together (she was NOT a morning person!). Not only did I learn heaps from her during our weekly coffee dates, but I studied the way she lived her life day to day and learned from her that way too.

And when she met her husband, Scott, I discovered what it looked like to have a godly relationship. I saw her commitment to Scott and the way she built him up and I took mental notes. When she and Scott moved to another city to run a college ministry, I missed her deeply. But the impression she made in my heart is still bearing fruit 11 years later.

Emily’s impact in my life was a game changer for me.

“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands so that the word of God may not be reviled.” Titus 2:3-5

By God’s grace, the woman I am today is in large part to the 4 years that I spent learning from and being discipled by Emily while I navigated the college years. The love, patience, and heaps of grace she gave me while I grew into the woman God was creating me left a mark on my heart. And I know that I’m not the only one who has been changed by Emily’s desire to honor God through coming alongside younger women to teach them what is good and to point them to Jesus. She is still teaching and training younger women to be an image bearer of Christ in whatever role God has her in…and I think she will be investing in the lives of others until Jesus calls her home.

My constant prayer is that God will bring ladies into my life who need a little spiritual mothering. He’s always been faithful to bring them into my life.

Are there women in your life who are a step behind you who could use a friend to help them navigate their season of life?

sarah and emilyThank you Emily for loving me and pointing me to Jesus!

Comments

  1. Such a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing such a intimate part of your life, and wonderful sisterly relationship! It is amazing the women that God places in our lives just when we need them. Stopping by from SRT!

  2. I love this! I, too, have had women that were an integral part of my life and who pointed me to Christ. It definitely makes me want to pass it on.

  3. Rose Miller says:

    So proud to be one of the women impacted by Emily. I still think of some of the specific pieces of advice she shared with me and I now get to share them with others. Not to mention she helped introduce me to my husband…

  4. Sarah- I loved reading your story. You are so blessed.

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