Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Month of Thankfulness: Day 26

(Me & Mama)

Day 26: I'm thankful for the women who have been an inspiration in my life.

There have been many. The very first one was my Mama. I never fully appreciated her for all she was until after she passed away when I was just sixteen years old. And although Mama was the woman who inspired me the most, there have been many others who have made a lasting impression on my life. If you are a woman and are reading this, you most likely are on my list! You may have touched my life in a large way or (to you) a seemingly small one. You may or may not know that you have given me a word of wisdom or encouragement or reprimand that helped mold and shape me.

My daughter Elizabeth is high on that list in my heart and mind. She keeps on going when the going gets tough. And she is my biggest fan! lol Even though she probably knows me better than another other women alive, she still thinks I'm better than I actually am! I love her so much! I've been blessed with a great daughter-in-law too. I admire her greatly for leaving her native land and family and coming to be a part of ours. I know it's not been an easy road for her. I only have one sister left here on earth but I'm so thankful for Elsie and all the sister-time we get to share.

God has blessed me with many women friends. Some live near me. Others live in faraway countries. Some I see every few days. Others not for years at a time. A few I have never seen. These would be some of my blogging buddies. I found a "community" of women's Christian blogs a few years ago and began reading them. A few of these ladies have become close friends to me even though we've never met in person. They have prayed for me and encouraged me through many things in the past few years.

I've never met the Bible teacher Beth Moore and yet she has taught me so much through her women's ministry via Bible studies on DVD. The small group I study with at Sav-A-Life has been a huge blessing to me. Thanks Felesha for starting this study time many years ago!

And then there's my ladies Sunday school class, my pastor's wife and the other women at my church. The group has been varied. Some come and go. But each lady has impacted my life in one way or another.

Thanks to each one of you who I'm honored to call friend! Thank you for your contribution to my life! You know who you are and you know the road we've traveled together. Sometimes with laughter and joy. Other times with tears of sorrow or regret. I could not ...or at least would not want to...get along without you!

"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24

May God bless you!



elaine @ peace for the journey said...

The honor and blessing is all mine, Marilyn! You've been a good friend to me over these past (almost 4) years. Today, more than ever before, I'm reminded of the tender bonds we've all created in the cyber world. They are real connections with real people, real hearts, real hurts, real joys. Jesus Christ is the tie that binds us all in unity. Without Him, I daresay we wouldn't go very far with our caring for one another.

Blessed Bethlehem walk to you and yours.


Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Ah, sweet Marilyn, you are a blessing to me. I am honored to be called your friend and to feel your prayers for the ministry God has called me to. Thank you and God bless you.