- I have Tasted and Seen that God is good! (Psalm 34:8) When I was 9, I realized the amazing love that God has for me. A love He doesn’t just talk about. A love that was shown in unmatched actions. A love that sacrificed everything for me (and you too!). At 9 years of age, I understood that I had sinned against God and that I deserved His just judgment for the wrong I had committed. Overcome that Jesus Christ would take the punishment for my sins, I asked Him to forgive me–and He did. Although there’s been some tough moments in those almost 30 years following, and I’ve stumbled many times, the Lord has always lifted me back up. He’s always taken me back even though I didn’t deserve it. Grace upon grace has been poured out upon me, not because I am special, or perfect, I am super-far from it (that is why I need Christ to save me). Any good that is in me is from Him. He shows grace unmeasured to all those who come to Him, not because we deserve it, but simply because He’s good. And that’s what I want to share. So come along with me and “taste and see that the Lord is good!’
- Throughout my life, God has taught me countless lessons through different amazing women of all ages. I have seen the truth of Titus 2 in my life, from birth until this very moment. I have been influenced in so many ways by other ladies God has brought into my life. My mom was the first woman who influenced my life and I am very thankful for her. I am also blessed with 2 more moms in my life. Faye, my “other-mother” (or stepmother as some choose to say) and my Mexican mom, Ada, my mother-in-law. They are not the only ones who’ve influenced me. Many other family members influenced me. God also brought other beautiful women, Christian friends to walk along side me and guide me. He even used young girls in the Sunday school class I taught to show me what the faith of a child looks like. Each one, whether they were in my life for years or only a short while, contributed to the woman that I am today. And I would like to pass on some of what God taught me through them, both the spiritual and practical life lessons.
- All Women are Called by God to mentor those who come behind them.
“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, that the Word of God may not be reviled.” Titus 2:3-5 (emphasis added)
- I absolutely LOVE to write. It’s one of my favorite things to do. Since I was little, I loved to keep a diary and write stories. I remember competing in the governor’s cup in creative writing when I was in elementary school and I still have the ribbons I won. (Maybe it’s silly keeping them, but I have such a good memory of that competition.) I even remember the room where we wrote our essays. It gives me happy, warm fuzzies and makes me smile when I think back on it. I believe it was one of the first moments that I realized how much fun writing was for me. Because I enjoy it, it’s always come easily for me. Now years after high school and college, I’m not required to write. And think it gives writing a sense of freedom. I write because I want to write. And what I have a heart to write about is the Word of God. To use this ability the Lord has given me to minister to other women’s hearts. He’s given me the blessing of writing various Bible studies for women and young ladies in our church. Among them is a study focused on Titus 2 and another is about young ladies’ identity in Christ, Once Upon A Time: Chosen by the Most High King. I pray that He provides me with many more opportunities to serve Him in this way.
- We live in a tech-driven, cellphone-focused society. When I was a young, I remember playing outside all day long, spending time with neighbors, family members, church family and friends. That time no longer exists. Well..it can, but it seems to be a lot more difficult these days. Life goes much faster. Time seems more limited. We don’t get to know our neighbors like before and the majority of our communication is through our cellphones. When we need to know something, whether it be how to bake a cake, manage our finances or even grow our faith in God, to where do we normally first turn? A wiser, older woman in the faith or Mr. Google? Being honest, I normally grab my phone and head to the information highway. And I’m guessing, more than likely, you do the same. It’s okay. There’s good and bad in that fact. One negative, however, is that we are no longer the personal society that we used to be. It’s seems like we have to find a special occasion to get together. God knows that we need personal interaction more often than that, but facts are facts. In this moment, the internet is a great way to connect with other women. And a blog is one way to do that!
- I have been blessed by the ministry of other sisters-in-Christ who have a blog. More blogs than I can remember have been uplifting and a practical guide to many areas of my life. So I know first-hand that God can use a blog to grow another person. That’s my goal. Teach what is good to others who may be searching for something, like I did.
- God put the desire in my heart more than a year ago and now I’m carrying out that desire.
- Although I can see it’s gonna be a lot of work, I think it’ll be fun!
Now that you know a little more about T2TW, I’d like to invite you to come along on this blogging journey with me. I think it’s gonna be great! You are Loved!