Celebrating Our Sisters

­You already know this, but I’ll state it for the record: I’m all about women. (This group of travelers shouting “Ta-da!” by the Sea of Galilee? Adorable.) My role models are women, my ministry is for women, and I’ve been teaching, speaking, and writing about our sisters in Scripture for three decades. Why? Because God loves women, calls and equips women, and honors women in His Word.

Elizabeth heralded the Messiah (Luke 1:42), Mary gave birth to the Messiah (Luke 2:7), and Anna spoke about the Messiah to all who were looking for the redemption of Israel (Luke 2:38).

When the time of His Passion drew near, Mary of Bethany anointed the feet of Jesus (John 12:3), Mary of Nazareth stood at the cross of Jesus (John 19:25), and Mary Magdalene spoke with the risen Jesus and told His disciples, “I have seen the Lord” (John 20:18).

Makes me wanna jump up and shout, “I’ve seen Him too, Mary!” Because I have seen Him, and so have you. He is alive and He is on the move in women’s hearts, filling us with His power, so we can tell a hurting, angry world about a loving, life-changing God. Yes, even in the middle of a pandemic. Maybe especially in the middle of a pandemic.

This verse says it all: “The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng” (Psalm 68:11). Indeed we are. With photos of Israel and a Nazareth guide named Hannah, let’s explore this beautiful truth.

“The Lord…” Psalm 68:11

This is where everything begins: acknowledging that God alone is our source of strength. That’s what the heroines of the Bible did, and what we must do as well.

Leah rose above the pain of her loveless marriage and declared at the birth of her fourth son, “This time I will praise the Lord” (Genesis 29:35). Miriam, with her brothers Moses and Aaron, led the Israelites through the Red Sea, and then she led them in worship: “Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted” (Exodus 15:21). And Hagar, an Egyptian slave, presented God with a new name: “She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me’” (Genesis 16:13).

These ancient sisters paved the way, so we can follow in their footsteps, praising God in every circumstance. 

“…announces the word,…” Psalm 68:11

When the Lord “gives the message” (NIrV), it’s time to listen. When He “gives the command” (AMP), it’s time to act. Don’t say, “Oh, but Lord, I’m a woman.” He is well aware of who we are and what we can accomplish in His Name. 

If He is calling you, pay close attention. If He is sending you, beloved, go.

Look at our fearless foremothers. The queen of Sheba traveled hundreds of miles in search of wisdom, then discovered its Source and told King Solomon, Praise be to the Lord your God” (1 Kings 10:9). Ruth, a Moabitess, left her people, her country, and her false gods when she vowed to her mother-in-law, “Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16). And Queen Esther approached King Xerxes on behalf of God’s people, having bravely declared, “If I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16).

Bold and courageous, these women were a force to be reckoned with, unafraid to rise up and speak up.

“…and the women who proclaim it…” Psalm 68:11

These were the sisters who “carried the news” (GNT), the ones God entrusted to “publish the tidings” (ASV) of Israel’s victories over their enemies in Canaan. 

Consider Rahab, a prostitute in Jericho, who sheltered two spies on her roof, and then made a daring confession of faith: “The Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below” (Joshua 2:11). And Deborah, a prophetess serving as judge over Israel, who commanded Barak to lead the charge: “Go! This is the day the Lord has given Sisera into your hands” (Judges 4:6).

These “lady evangelists” (OJB) got the word out. These “female proclaimers” (YLT) spread the good news. And there were tons of them.

“…are a mighty throng.” Psalm 68:11

We’re talking “many, many women” (NET). Yes, a whole “company” (EXB). After all, it takes agreat host” (ESV) to tell a big world about a big God.

Our sisters today who proclaim the gospel are definitely a mighty throng. Think of all the gifted Bible teachers we’ve heard over the years at Women of Faith, Women of Joy, She Speaks, Extraordinary Women, IF:Gathering, and dozens more. Not to mention the women you’ve seen leading Bible studies in churches and homes and coffee shops in your town — women who are passionate about God, His Word, and His redemptive mission.

But you don’t need a microphone or a platform to share the good news. Just go. And tell. Be the Deborah of your workplace, the Mary Magdalene of your neighborhood. Listen for His voice. Stand to your feet. Follow where He leads. Tell all who will listen: “This is the God who sees us. This is the God who loves us. This is the God who sends us.”

Wow, do I love our biblical sisters. From Bad Girls to Really Bad Girls, from Ruth and Naomi to a Shebalicious queen, from The Women of Christmas to The Women of Easter — I could write about women in the Word until the moment I step into heaven. (Come to think of it, that’s kinda the plan.)

And because our God is a God of surprises, this spring I stepped into a new role at my home church in Louisville, as Director of the Womens Ministry Team. I know. Surprise! Am I excited? Is this a prayer come true? Most definitely. Will I still be writing? speaking? teaching [email protected] on Facebook LIVE? Count on it.

Now for a giveaway that was just right for Mother’s Day: The Power of a Woman’s Words by Sharon Jaynes. I chose three winners on May 10 — Megan, Theresa, and Melanie — but you are more than welcome to share your thoughts at the bottom of this page, describing a woman who has served as a role model for you whether ancient or modern, whether shes someone youve admired from afar or known for a lifetime.

Cant wait to meet your role models. And, when its safe to gather again, I cant wait to meet you in person!

Your grateful sister, Liz

P.S. If any of the above sounds vaguely familiar, that’s not your imagination. I updated this post from several winters ago, hoping you’d find it a good fit for this special weekend.

209 Responses to Celebrating Our Sisters

  1. Judy May 8, 2020 at 5:24 am #

    The woman I admire most was my mom .She passed away 20 years at the young age of 53. She is what has made who I am today. When I was 5 years old and starting school the school had to my mom that I needed to go to a special school cause I was ” restarted” my mom disagreed with them and pushed to prove I was a slow learner.well hear I am 40 plus years later.a high school diploma and an associates degree and leading a woman’s ministry.

    • Colleen May 8, 2020 at 5:55 am #

      I have a cousin who is much older than I and who is very Godly. When I was little, I loved going to church and doing my weekly study. Sometimes, my older sisters made fun of me and called me her name. Now at that time, I was upset. She wasn’t the cousin that stood out because of the way she dressed or wore her hair or any of the worldly things we sometimes sadly think are important when growing up. But her faith was strong and she was so kind. So as I grew up, I would often think of her and now I would find it a true honor to be compared to her. Someday maybe I’ll tell her.

      • Patricia May 8, 2020 at 6:33 am #

        Don’t wait Colleen! Tell her as soon as you can! I know it would be a blessing to hear how you’ve looked up to her and it’ll feel nicely for you to do so as well. Don’t wait. You never know when too late comes.

    • Shauna May 8, 2020 at 6:40 am #

      My greatest role model is my mom. She passed 17 years ago at the age of 56. I was only 27, but the legacy of faith & love that she instilled in me still lives on! She worked so hard to create community & urged the local churches of all denominations to work together to love God & all people. Now I find myself working with the same voice calling me to get my feet wet & follow Him. I started a ladies Bible study in my home with just 2 people, it has blossomed into a dozen & even 2 dozen at times. This year our ladies Bible study group celebrates 10 years of unity, creating community & loving others as ourselves. Thanks to God for all these women, they keep me connected to the vine & help fill the void of losing my mom!

    • Beth Thrasher May 8, 2020 at 9:24 am #

      There are many women that have influenced me and I have admired, but I think the one with the most impact on my life, is my Grandma Gregory. She was a true woman of God. She always pointed me to scripture when I needed advice. I always knew she prayed for me whether I asked for it or not. My Grandpa spent WWII in Guam, so she inspired me when my husband was serving in Iraq. She was a young wife and Mom as I was. We are a lot alike and I hope I have done her proud in my life. That I live, love and serve like she did. I miss her so much, but look forward to seeing her in heaven one day!!

    • Christina Ford May 9, 2020 at 8:29 pm #

      Her name is Mom. She is not my mother but has become a mother to me and so many more. I met Jeannie the day I gave my life to Jesus In 2011. She taught me it was okay to break down my walls, to forgive and to be loved. My life was completely turned around after I was saved. Mom walked beside me through it all. She has helped me realize my spiritual giftings and has continued to teach me more. Having a tough upbringing and being in the military has led me to not have close relationships with people. I normally distance myself but Mom wouldn’t give up on me. I’m thankful for her prayers for me day and night. I’m thankful God brought her into my life.

    • Alicia Daleske May 9, 2020 at 8:41 pm #

      The woman I admire most is my mother in law. She has filled in the gaps where my biological mom has missed out. Her name is Jean and she has been so encouraging in the 15 years I have been married to her son. She uses scripture to lift people up and has been the best grandmother to my two children.

    • Kathy May 12, 2020 at 7:55 pm #

      The girls I admire most are my school children. As a school nurse they have taught me to be patient and humble in the face of disabilities that they have conquered. To pray for those kids who go home to adversity, poverty, and abuse. To become a strong liaison for the “right’s of children to education and medical care. To earn their trust and confidentiality when the teen girls talk of suicide or abortion and to help them come to positive decisions. They have all been my younger “sister’s”who have walked with me to Amadeus.

  2. Deb Collins May 8, 2020 at 5:53 am #

    I had an aunt who showed me through her life what it meant to be a child of God. I did not have religious upbringing in my home but when I would visit Aunt Opal I saw love,grace, forgiveness and faith in all that she said and did. She was tested in hard ways by loosing a son and her marriage but her strength was incredible and I knew where it came from. I have been a child of God now for over 40 years and to this day don’t feel I have half of what she displayed in her life.

  3. Lori Sullivan May 8, 2020 at 6:11 am #

    At the end of my teenage years, we had two ladies in our church that took extra time to show me how to be a godly lady. I am very outgoing so I tend to use too many words too often. But both of them taught me to be careful what words I choose, and to use them only to build others up. I have never forgotten their wonderful sacrifice in shaping me . I cannot wait to read this book, God is so good.

  4. Jane May 8, 2020 at 6:14 am #

    Oh, Liz, what a great question. I have just realized that the woman who prayed for my salvation was my Gram. She lost her husband 9 months before I was born. Spent 24 years as a widow praying for others and for healing for herself for a physical condition that God didn’t heal in her physical lifetime. But, I have no doubt that all those years she also prayed for me, my brother and my parents. She studied her Bible every day (what an example she set) and she prayed so diligently that her knees were heavily calloused. I don’t remember talking ‘faith’ with her so I really don’t know if she knew Jesus. I can only hope that someday I will see her in heaven.

  5. Jennifer Mobley May 8, 2020 at 6:15 am #

    My role model is my friend, Monica Hawkins. Although she is younger in years, she is much older and wiser spiritually. In my early days of marriage, the Lord sent her to me to train and disciple me while I was learning to be a godly wife. When children came along, she trained and disciples as I was learning to be a godly mom to my precious babies. During the death of our second child, she stayed by my side for a year and listened, prayed, cried and grieved right along with me. She has always pointed me to Christ. I don’t know where I’d be today without the Lord bringing her into my life 21 years ago.

  6. Lee Ann Grief May 8, 2020 at 6:16 am #

    God has blessed me with several women mentors through the years, but the one who has made the largest impact is the leader of our women’s Bible study. She’s been a Christian since she was a young girl; survived an abusive marriage, deals with a grand daughter addicted to drugs, has a husband afflicted with PTSD from serving in Vietnam. But through it all, she is faithful and loving and proclaims God’s goodness. She dives in deep in the Word, and encourages us to do the same. We are a small group but she has brought us to closer relationship with God Almighty. We laugh, we cry and we are better women because of her leadership.

  7. Myra May 8, 2020 at 6:17 am #

    I thank the Lord for Mother’s who love the Lord and who have raised many of us to not only accept Christ as our Savior, but have raised us to know Christ as a loving force in our lives, a friend and a confidante. I always told my mother that I didn’t know what I would do when she died because I had never lived on this earth without her. She told me that I would be fine because God would give me the strength to live without her only when I needed that strength and not before. What a precious gift from God!

  8. tina May 8, 2020 at 6:23 am #

    Elisabeth Elliot has influenced me greatly….her love and adherence to God’s word, her boldness in going back to the jungle with her young daughter to minister to those who had killed her husband, and her no-nonsense approach to life have all challenged me over the years.

  9. Susan Veldman May 8, 2020 at 6:24 am #

    Thank you for another encouraging post! I am blessed to have a friend/mentor/accountability partner, Amy J. She has been such an inspiration and a steady comfort. We spend time together eating, walking, texting, and just talking about life as well as praying for each other, our families, our church, our friends, our work. It is wonderful to have such a great woman of God in my circle of friends. I have many more, but Amy is one of my favorites!

  10. Cathy Merdzinski May 8, 2020 at 6:25 am #

    I have to say I often wonder if God hears me,or sees me…then I read your books Liz! I see Jesus talking to and showing how women play a HUGE role …I. Everyday life He sees ,He listens,He is with us always. You Liz are one of my role models so, thank you! I have a dear friend Judy she is another role model. She is ( although she doesn’t practice any more) a veterinarian she has devoted her life teaching her children, me and so many others about God! She is humble,caring teaches softly. No she is human lol just like all of us she can make fun of herself she can show you life is not fair at times yet with everything she does she does for and with Christ. I can’t thank Jesus for putting these women in my life! I never had a sister but now I have so so many in Christ! Thank you

    • Bethany Wright May 8, 2020 at 8:46 am #

      As a woman without children, it can be challenging to connect with other ladies. I have had to search with purpose for my tribe. I have the names of strong, amazing women tacked up in my cubicle to show me that these sisters and I have something important to share. I particularly look up to women like Elizabeth I and Joan of Arc who prove that non-moms can be chosen and used, too.

  11. Patricia May 8, 2020 at 6:28 am #

    My mom is and was a big role model for me growing up. She showed me what true grace, humility and submission looks like. Her journey to faith has been long and hard but she’s seeking the Lord and that’s what matters. I’ve also been blessed with another role model in my mother in law. She’s given me such Godly wisdom, a true Proverbs woman. Imperfect but loves a perfect God. I’ve been very blessed to have these women speak truth into my life!

  12. Melinda Roepke May 8, 2020 at 6:29 am #

    So… it is Lori… my older sister in Christ, who loves me and loves others NO MATTER WHAT. She serves with a heart of Jesus, she reads the Word, she loves and prays for many, she seeks God out in everything. She teaches through her actions not just her words. My dear sister Lori, she deserves a crown of many jewels for her life.

  13. Kim Kingston May 8, 2020 at 6:29 am #

    I have a few woman I admire for differing reasons. My mum because I love her, she adopted me and is strong and lovely, always wanting me to be the best I can be.
    The woman I quote and think about is called Nancy. She was in my life for a season when I was a young mum caring for my 5 children and then 2 adopted girls. Nancy attended our church and was wise and caring and prayerful. Prayerful and full of godly wisdom and the Word of God just tumbled off her lips.
    Nancy would tell me it was ok not to be spending hours in my bible when my priority at that time was my family. Don’t get me wrong, she encouraged prayer and reading Gods word but she let me know it was ok to send arrow prayers and that God understood. She used to tell me that older women are called to pray for younger women and that there is a season for deeper study and prayer.
    I am now 57 with 7 children and 10 grandchildren, plus a surrogate as well. And yes she was correct. I see and understand so much more. I studied a GradDip in Kingdom theology a few years ago. I pray for my grandchildren and for their future husbands and wives. I prayed my children back to God and let them fly with him each on their own journey. Thank you Nancy for your wisdom. Thank you for your faithful prayers Thank you for showing me that Jesus understood and was never asking me to do what I could not. Thank you that you helped me understand that life doesnt end when your children leave home, that I was never ever destined for the scrap heap.
    Thank you that you assured me that God has a purpose for me for the whole of my life , however long that may be.
    Nancy, you are a wise and faithful servant and I thank God for you every day.

    • Melanie Hebblethwaite May 8, 2020 at 9:09 am #

      My aunt Connie was someone who I looked up to my whole childhood. She taught my Sunday School class for years, and I sat beside her at church. She was so wise in her Biblical knowledge, and she still is. I’m so blessed to have had such an amazing Godly woman role model growing up.

  14. Vicki Campbell May 8, 2020 at 6:32 am #

    I have always admired Ruth and I can never get enough hearing her story over and over again. I have read your book too, Liz and I was emerged in that I was sad that I had come to the last page of the book. I have gals that are a part of my everyday life also and I cherish them immensely,

  15. Vicki Raddant May 8, 2020 at 6:32 am #

    My dear mother, who was challenged to raise eight kids, showed me me how to live for the Lord. Though she stumbled real bad during her life here, the beauty of her faith became so evident in the final years of her life. All glory to our Father!

  16. Chris May 8, 2020 at 6:33 am #

    First, you were correct, I needed to hear this. Thank you.
    Second, the woman in my life that has most influenced me was my mother. She passed away 3 months ago. She had been battling Dementia, but with grace a beauty. She always had a smile for everyone, me when I visited, her fellow residents of the memory care unit, everyone. She was an amazing women. I could tell you stories for days of the women she helped recover from childhood sexual abuse. But most of all she was my mom and that she believed was her most important role.

  17. Heather Grove May 8, 2020 at 6:35 am #

    A young woman who has greatly impacted and challenged mei’s someone that I actually mentored… And yet I think she had a greater impact on me! Karina from a young age was very shy but had a love for the Lord unlike others young girls. Over her teen and young adult years God has transformed her from shy and unwilling to speak at all in others presence to a missionary in Japan who regularly speaks to people about her faith and is even learning the Japanese language to reach more!! The change in her, brought about by the power of the Spirit, has been such a joy to watch. Her love for the Lord and surrender to Him has always given me a desire to have an intimacy with my Lord.

    • Larissa Schuller May 10, 2020 at 9:08 am #

      My role model was my grandmother. She loved to read, bake, and was crafty. I also love to read and bake. I am not really crafty but I can crochet and quilt. I wish I would have had her teach me to crochet and knit when I was younger. I miss her today. She never got to see me graduate or see my children. She holds a very special place in my heart as she passed on my 17th birthday. Grandmothers are precious.

  18. Audrey May 8, 2020 at 6:35 am #

    The women I admire is Sheryl Sofia. She was one of my youth leaders, and is now a pastor’s wife. Her gentle spirit, and open heart let me know how special I was in God’s eyes and hers. Her love for Christ was and is evident in how she lives and serves her community. I met Sheryl when I was 15, I am now 59. When I was 18, Sheryl and her husband returned home to build a church in their community. What they taught me, continues to live on in my heart and life. The lessons have been invaluable. I have no doubt, when Sheryl stands before Christ, her treasures will be countless!

  19. Cheryl Davis May 8, 2020 at 6:39 am #

    I did not grow up in a Christian home and my mother committed suicide when I was 17 and I got married when I was 18. When I had children, I knew I wanted to be the best mom I could and I wanted to raise them in the church and got saved. I got in leadership with the Women’s Ministry right away and became the Women’s Ministry Director and Pastor’s Administrative Assistant and currently help teach a women’s bible study in our neighborhood. I have a group of best friends that we raised our children together and we are still best friends today and in our 60’s. We encourage one another, pray for one another, love one another, have fun together and they mean the world to me. Right now wee are having ZOOM calls twice a week. I love my spiritual sisters.

  20. Carol May 8, 2020 at 6:40 am #

    Good morning all,
    I lost my mom last year and the loss is still “fresh” but, I attribute my faith to my mom’s guidance in bringing me to church as a young girl and showing me how an imperfect human (like all of us!) was a fabulous Christian mother. I really miss her and I am SO thrilled she is now in the Lord’s presence. Thank you Jesus.

  21. Sarah May 8, 2020 at 6:40 am #

    There is a woman that has grown very dear to my heart over the last 18 years. Her name is Tammy but I call her mama. I was 15 when I met her. She had been visiting with her mother who attended my church. She started speaking life over me that day. I would see her every once in awhile over the next couple of years but we didn’t stay in touch. When I went off to college my heart felt a need to find her. I knew she lived in the area so I started searching the phonebook but didn’t find her. Then one beautiful day on my way home from college, I saw her and her mother at Wal-Mart. She gave me her number and told me to call her when I was back at college. I did. Though I had been in church my whole life, I wasn’t saved. But she continued to be my biggest cheerleader and my biggest prayer warrior. She took me to church with her and on one of those Sundays, I gave my life to the Lord. She has continued to be a major influence in my walk with the Lord and I wouldn’t be where I am now without all her prayers and wisdom and encouragement. We’ve spent so much time together that people now ask if I’m her daughter, and she says that I’m adopted. I will be forever grateful that the Lord brought us back together.

    • J. Miller May 9, 2020 at 7:33 am #

      My mother is my main role model of course, loving and teaching four kids at home. But my sister is the role model that I didn’t see coming. Growing up I didn’t really think we had much in common. How wrong I was! She is a great encouragement and inspiration to me. She loves and teaches her kiddos in Christ, lives oversees as a missionary, homeschools, and models such grace and gentleness.

  22. Maria May 8, 2020 at 6:54 am #

    I think of women that mentor other women thru the written word! One of those that really impacted me was
    Elizabeth Elliott. She taught me how to be a strong feminine woman, a follower of Jesus! I didn’t really treasure her words until I got older, but I really was guided at key times in my life to make decisions that were life altering because of her wisdom, imparted thru written words and thru her speaking ministry on the radio as well! Thank God for these women that serve by encouraging other women to live a life that points us to the right road! The road that leads to life itself, following Jesus! I want to be one! Thank you for your gift thru. words too!

  23. Brenda Williams May 8, 2020 at 6:57 am #

    My Aunt Dorrie is my role model. She’s one of my Dad’s older sisters.
    Sadly, she’s 90 and in hospital right now. She lives with her daughter five hours from here.
    She’s my role model because she married later in life and raised two children who are terrific adulrs. But, she did a lot of hard work and had a rough marriage and loved him anyway and never complained. I try to be like her. She was so active in her church and community. I’m sad that she can’t see the friends she had here.

  24. Sherry Warner May 8, 2020 at 6:59 am #

    Liz;
    There are several women who have nurtured me along the way. From the foster mother who taught me to do canning and cooking to the sister at the catholic school I attended during grade school. But the most important person who has helped me to become a believer and to live thru our lord is my sister. She has been by my side thru out my life.
    I am so blessed to have had her beside me. I so enjoyed you when you were in Fort Wayne, IN a few years back. You were so open about your past. And to see your love of the lord and how you share is an inspiration also. Prayers that you stay safe as we go thru this pandemic. Thank You for all you are doing for all women. Happy Mother’s Day

  25. Jeana Miller < May 8, 2020 at 7:05 am #

    Dearest Liz, from the night I surrendered my heart and life to Jesus 37 years ago, I began to proclaim the Good News! Romans 8 was the revealed WORD the Holy Spirit imparted to me and I immediately read aloud to my husband who had also given his life to Jesus alongside me that same night! I relate with the woman at the well.

    From my “new(re)born” days, I have sought out WOMEN OF THE WORD, like you, to mentor me… speaking, writing, teaching, singing, preaching the Word…

    Life circumstances… triggering PTSD…
    I turned inward and shut down. I “lost my voice.” I have spent a couple decades, trying to find it… and my place as a woman of the Word.

    I Love you, Liz!
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  26. Theresa Weaver May 8, 2020 at 7:06 am #

    A spiritual role model for me these past two years has been the head of the Prayer ministry in our community blble study. She ages with grace and beauty and speaks of the Lord like I imagine Mary of Bethany would: softly and tenderly with true reverence.
    So to Lynn the peaceful prayer warrior, fight on . I wish all could meet her.

  27. Ginger Sanders May 8, 2020 at 7:10 am #

    So many women guided me through my life, from family to church leaders. But what I remember most are the words of my dear mother, who passed when I was only 17. On her death bed she prayed constantly for everyone she had ever met and looked forward to touching the hand of the One she would often reach up for and say, “He’s right there, can’t you see Him?” But what she told me, stay in church, live for Jesus and your life will be good, He will take care of you.
    I have thought of those words when temptations have come. Yes mother was right, He has taken care of me more than I could have imagined.

  28. Joy Davis May 8, 2020 at 7:11 am #

    There were many women in our Church who were my Mentors ( I was not raised in a Christian home so I got a bit of a late start in my Christian walk ), and most of them are the wives of Pastor’s. But the woman who stands out far and above the others was a quiet, gentle woman named Bea. She didn’t yell or threaten, she led by example and taught me what God means by a gentle heart. She helped me guide and show our children that God loves them, and that he has a plan for them. They are grown now and I wish my grandchildren could meet Bea.

  29. Sherry Loving May 8, 2020 at 7:14 am #

    My role model is my mom. She is a God fearing woman that stands on Gods word and is still working at 78 yrs old. She loves her family and Is always there with a helping hand Thank you Lord for my mom!

  30. Suzie Mapp May 8, 2020 at 7:15 am #

    My Mum was my role model and as I nursed her in her last 7 weeks of her life . Her courage Her Faith in the Lord was outstanding she faced death so bravely.

  31. Johnetta Voss May 8, 2020 at 7:20 am #

    In 2003 my friend, Jerry Guidicy, called to tell me that there was a little Christian school in Belize that was in danger of closing because they had lost their funding . She said she wanted to get a group of ladies to support the school. She wanted a dozen ladies, but initially there were only five of us. We helped them get out of debt, and then we began to improve the facilities and the educational opportunities for the teachers and the students. Her motto from the very beginning was , “If God wants it to happen, it will.” And it did! God has blessed the school over and over through the years. Over 200 children are learning about Jesus each year. She passed four years ago and the school continues to honor her on May 6. The principal of the school posted this on Facebook a couple of days ago:

    Annually we celebrate the life of our greatest benefactor on the 6 of May when you departed from us Mrs Jerry Guidicy the amazing SUPER lady whose biggest dream was to establish a school that will serve the Corozal community and be reknown. TODAY your school has grown rapidly thanks to the infrastructure that you had left and the solid foundation. We miss you greatly. THE LORD GAINed AN ANGEL IN HEAVEN. All that the school has today is mostly because of her dream, input and dedication. WE GIVE THE LORD THANKS FOR ALLOWING THE COROZAL CHURCH OF CHRIST PRIMARY SCHOOL TO BE PART OF YOUR LEGACY. LONG LIVE MRS. JERRY GUIDICY IN OUR HEARTS!

    I am the only original board member and we currently have seven ladies who support the school. Being involved in this has been a real faith builder. Over and over again the Lord blesses the school with just what it needs.

    One more thing, Jerry, also, only spoke about women. She was a beloved speaker in Russia, Cuba, Belize, Mexico and Antigua. When she passed I took her notebooks and some of her books about Ladies of the Bible. Her story is much broader than this, but you can see she was a true servant of God who is deeply missed.

    I recently found this on a card she had written.

    Knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity. Many people try to create a lasting legacy on earth. They want to be remembered when they are gone. What will matter most is what God thinks about you. All achievements here on earth will soon be gone. Living to create a legacy here is a short sighted goal. We should build an eternal legacy.

  32. Bobbie May 8, 2020 at 7:22 am #

    My mother was my greatest role model of faith in Christ. She taught me about Jesus right from birth and that he was to be loved more than anyone or anything else on earth. Her love for the Lord and trust in him made it easy for me to learn about him and accept him as my Lord and Savior too. There was such joy in going to church together and singing hymns together and such comfort in being able to go to her for prayer in tough times. I watched her depend on Christ with such deep faith during the difficult times in her own life. It was a privilege to be able to sing her into heaven back in 2009. I look forward to praising Jesus with her again one day. Until then I praise God for her example in m life. Her faith influences me still.

  33. Lesli May 8, 2020 at 7:23 am #

    My Grandma. She was a woman of strength, poise, and an attentive listener. I miss my best friend. She worked the farm, even after her husband died. She knew when to speak and when to be still. She suffered a horrible death and stayed as calm as she could through it all. To be like her would be an honor.
    Happy Mother’s Day ❤️

  34. Kimberly Nixon May 8, 2020 at 7:23 am #

    I did not have a devoted mother in my life when i was younger. She left us when we were young and we got passed around in our family a lot. but at the beginning of my 8th grade year we moved back in with our father who remained faithful to us by writing or calling as he was getting treatment for alcoholism and being active in our home church. Once we moved back with dad we started going back to church with him at our home church. This is where i met a lot of women that would be great inspirations to me. But two were great mentors. My Sunday school teacher Mrs. Mozella and our neighbor and great singer Connie. these women became our Soundside mommas. Teaching us about the Lord and just loving us. They had us at their houses for food, games and worship. We also used to just go around the neighborhood singing hymns to the elderly. Mrs. Connie sure could play that guitar. We had so many great people in our lives from our church family. I did eventually start a relationship back with my mom in high school when she moved back to our home town. And while i can never ever imagine leaving my kids i came to realize we have all gone through trials and i have no right to judge her. I have made plenty of mistakes myself. I have forgiven her and now we talk on the phone if not once but three times a day. I will never ask her why she did what she did. Because just like Jesus dying on the cross for my sins and forgiving me and my slate is wiped clean. I must do the same for her. If i truly forgave her the past is gone just like our past is erased when we except our Lord as our Savior.

  35. Laura Clawson May 8, 2020 at 7:24 am #

    My Granny was my role model. She is the one who kept Jesus in front of me as a child and in my adulthood. And she is the reason I sought Him out. Her legacy is that her grandchild will reside with her in heaven one day. And because she shared Jeusus with me, the legacy goes on through her great granddaughter who also will spend eternity in heaven one day. My Granny passed away in October 2018 and I miss her very much, especially on Mother’s Day.

  36. Karen May 8, 2020 at 7:28 am #

    My mom has had the most profound impact on my life. She has been a Proverbs 31 woman all of my life. She served her family, church, and community with a servant’s heart until Alzheimer’s changed all of that over six years ago. She is 82 years old and still doesn’t complain.

  37. Claudia Barnes May 8, 2020 at 7:34 am #

    My mother, Lois Gibson, was a huge influence on my life. She was kind, gentle, loving, soft spoken and loved our Lord. My mom was also so strong. She served in WW2 as a nurse on the front lines in Germany and upon her return, married my dad. That love story lasted 73 years. She is a testamony of what a wife and mother should be. I thank God for blessing me with such a wonderful women in my life. Sadly she left me to reside with Jesus in Heaven 2 years ago…knowing where she is brings me great joy. She was 96. I do miss her every day.

  38. Therese Cornell May 8, 2020 at 7:35 am #

    My first and best role model is my mother. She raised six children, she and Dad were married 48 years until his death, she completed her GED at the age of 46, showing her younger children how it was done! She served her church and community constantly and tirelessly. She was my rock and my guide. She taught me about love and faith and how neither ever fail. I owe her everything.

  39. Shana May 8, 2020 at 7:35 am #

    Thanks for this message and reminding us how God sees women. We have some women at our local church who work, work, work often behind the scenes. They also love, love, love God and His people. I have often told them I want to be like them when “grow Up”(I am 51.)

    • Liz May 8, 2020 at 7:45 am #

      My daughter has been a role model to me. I was for her as her dad and I raised her but we moved about 6 hours from her and her family💗 I got stuck after our move. I was struggling to know what to do and felt very far from my Lord. She had her struggles to as we were very close. I watched as she healed and moved forward in her faith and walk with God. I love her and thank God for her daily! Thanks Liz for highlighting the women of the Bible.

  40. Lorraine Strobel May 8, 2020 at 7:38 am #

    My role model was a mixture of a few women. I saw traits in them that I knew I needed. Each one would help me and encourage me. One saw how well I could memorize when I was a teenager. She had me recite the entire Awana first part of becoming that group. It was 4 pages long. Somehow I was able to still recite to the deacons a month after I said it to her.
    I had a teacher who would be patient with me in my lack of math ability. She was my math teacher. She took the time to help me during study period.
    I was blessed by these women.

  41. Autumn May 8, 2020 at 7:39 am #

    My Aunt has always been a wonderful Christian role model for me. She is that woman who everyone comes to to talk about there issues and she listens and reminds you that God is there for you. She speaks wisdom to you. She always has that pot of coffee on.

  42. Lucinda Younce May 8, 2020 at 7:41 am #

    My role model was Thelma Fritts, in the late 50s and early 60s. As early as age 10, she began preparing me for leadership roles in Brownsburg Christian Church. Her belief in me has allowed me to be a teacher and leader in my churches my entire life. I am ETERNALLY grateful! Not many women back then mentored young girls for church leadership. Thelma Fritts is enjoying her heavenly reward.

  43. Gaye May 8, 2020 at 7:45 am #

    Not to be cliche, but my mom who is with Jesus, taught me to be in His Word every day. Her Bible was tattered. She started everyday in the Bible and then often sang hymns from the hymn book. Whatever problem I had, she often told me to recite scripture. She had a very hard life and yet her faith never wavered!

  44. Kathy May 8, 2020 at 7:47 am #

    My oldest sister has always been a Christ model for me. She was a missionary in the Philippines, adopted a baby their to add to her family of 4 children, served as a pastors wife for many years when she returned to the states and then lived in a travel camper for years as she went up and down the eastern sea coast telling people at fairs and festivals about Jesus. She now lives in Florida where she cares for her husband who had a spinal cord injury and is confined to a wheelchair. Just this week she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Never have I heard a complaining word…. just praises for her Lord as she continues to serve. I thank God for my sister. She will surely hear “Well done, my good and faithful servant”.

  45. Diane Korsten May 8, 2020 at 7:48 am #

    A wise dear saint gave me tools for my marriage and my parenting. “ You can’t play “wife Holy Spirit” as well as 1Peter 3:1-6 – have a gentle and quiet spirit -inner beauty. She encouraged me to quote scripture like Ephesians 4:25-32 in disciplining my children. Am so thankful for the wise older women who were willing to gently encourage me.

  46. Tina May 8, 2020 at 7:49 am #

    My Mom is my role model! I’ve witnessed her go through so many things. She is a breast cancer survivor. Last year she spent 3 and a half months in the hospital and a rehab facility- she battled a rare disease (vasculitis- it is in remission now!) Through everything, her faith in the Lord stayed strong! She had bad days but never lost her faith!

  47. Joan Lynch May 8, 2020 at 7:54 am #

    My role model is my spiritual mom, my first Pastor’s wife as a believer, Doris Rasmussen. She held me close when my own mom turned her back on me, saw my spiritual gift Of teaching way before me or anyone else. She was her husband’s cheerleader, an ICU nurse, and a great mom to her kids. She encouraged me to serve the Lord always. She showed me how to be present in my marriage in the tough days. She is 94 and in a different state, but still calls to encourage my heart. I know she is a prayer warrior, too.

  48. Lynn Janzen May 8, 2020 at 7:56 am #

    Liz while you are my inspiration and daily encouragement my role model is our retired pastor’s wife Irma. Irma has a real heart for women, she’s an encourager and a coach. Irma’s steadfast faith even in adverse times remains constant and she builds into everyone whose path she crosses. She looks to each challenge as an assignment from God. She’s intentional in her conversations with people, drawing out deep and meaningful discussion. She ends conversations with “How can I pray for you?” She has developed trust and loyalty in her community especially the unchurched.

  49. Natalie Jones May 8, 2020 at 7:57 am #

    Love this Liz! Through this pandemic I’ve received such encouragement from your fb live, and your posts!!!

    I have been so blessed with Godly mentors, and friends. Although, as a prideful young Christian I didn’t always receive their instruction as I should have! I praise God for their long-suffering and faithfulness!

    A few of the stand-outs would be my first Pastor’s wife, Mrs. Greta Brown. Father used her teaching to really help me grow in my walk.

    Another would be my present Pastor’s wife, and Associate Pastor’s wife, Cindy Lyons and Laura Demers. Their commitment to the Lord and his church through teaching and women’s ministry is inspiring!

  50. Debra Sawinski May 8, 2020 at 7:58 am #

    One of my role models, was a former Marine in WWII, was on the mission field in the jungles of Peru and Brazil for many years, came home to take care of her aging parents and after they had gone on to heaven, she got married for the first time at the age of eighty. She did so many things in her lifetime that were remarkable but the one thing she did that stood out the most to me is that she told everyone she came in contact with about her Lord and Savior. It was automatic. Most of the time, she would follow up with a Bible, tract or book that would help them know Him more. She was amazing in her walk with the Lord. Her name was Muriel and I miss her greatly but I know she is enjoying heaven with her Jesus.

  51. Jan Wynn May 8, 2020 at 8:00 am #

    I wish I could say that my mother was the first one to teach me about Jesus, but the was my grandmother on my dad’s side of the family. She taught me how to pray when things weren’t good, or when there was a need, or someone in the family need a miracle. She taught me to read God’s word and that he was always there for me. My mother would be the second woman to most influence my walk with God when she gave here life to God. She taught strength a perseverance in the face adversity when she lost her battle with cancer at the young age of 54 she had never lost her faith in God.

  52. Dee Dee May 8, 2020 at 8:03 am #

    A family friend, Grace is my hero. She helped financially care for my family growing up. My parents divorced when I was 4. Grace paid for my 3 siblings and my education. She supported us in so many ways. At her funeral, we learned she provided the same support for 18 girls. Lord only knows where we would have ended up without Grace’s support! I am now keeping that tradition alive as best Zi can by sharing my blessings.

  53. Tamara May 8, 2020 at 8:04 am #

    Eve – she had no counsel of women or books to read to help raise her children, share her heart and thoughts with to be a woman of God. She had God and her faith. what were her thoughts… about following the devil and not God’s command and now… they had to leave the garden. But God… offering up His love, grace, mercy, forgiveness and a sacrifice to redeem…. because of His love. thank you Jesus.

  54. Melissa Stöcker May 8, 2020 at 8:10 am #

    My mom is my spiritual role model. She is now 87 and is still a woman of the Word. From a very young age I can remember my moms study of scripture and constant prayer. She taught me to run to God when hard times come not to run from Him. She taught me the power of prayer. To pray always and about everything. She taught me to work unto the Lord and not to man. I’ve seen her give in her own lack, love when she was depleted, go when she had rather stay. She served as the youth bible teacher and adult Sunday school teacher for many years. Mom has truly lived a life reflecting Him.

  55. Kathy Dobie May 8, 2020 at 8:11 am #

    When I think of a woman who inspired me I remember my friend Rita. She was a spiritual mother to me and a wonderful example of a living, breathing Christian faith lived out. A matriarch of the church and the community. A small-business owner in a small community, who reached out to help others in countless way. Rita did more for folks anonymously than we will ever know. She loved God and she loved her church and dedicated her life to serving. Even now, a decade after her death, I know I am not the only person who wonders on regular basis, “What would Rita do?” I am thankful for her leadership and mentoring, not only to me, but so many others. It has encouraged me to do and be more as well.

  56. Patti May 8, 2020 at 8:12 am #

    My role model is my sister Kathy. She is only 16 months older than me but I have watched her over the years care for me and my brother and sister. When we were growing up our parents had alcohol problems and she always stepped into a role of watching over the three of us.
    When she went off to college I ended up following her to the same school. I couldn’t imagine being somewhere without her. By the grace of God, we ended up married to men who were best friends before we met them. At this point of life (in our 70’s) we are both widows. I don’t know what I would do without her Godly example!

  57. Tina Gibson May 8, 2020 at 8:12 am #

    A woman I admire greatly passed away this morning from lung cancer. She lived a hard life; an abusive (then husband, now ex-husband), faced jail time to protect her son, but ultimately rose above it all to raise her son in a non-violent environment. Throughout her life, she worked two jobs, watched her son grow up to marry and have a loving family, all the while caring for her mother with dementia…. never wavering on her faith in the Lord. She was a model of perseverance and strength to me and I will miss her terribly.

  58. Cathie Kincheloe May 8, 2020 at 8:15 am #

    Very little is said of the woman who reached out to touch the robe of Jesus as he walked by that the simple gesture might heal her of the constant bleeding she endured. Her faith in Jesus was so strong
    I admire the strength of her faith.

  59. Martha May 8, 2020 at 8:20 am #

    The words from the book of Esther ring in my mind “being born for such a time as this.” Yes! This is my time. This is the time God planned for me. I find that so very special. And then He adds all the most special people to fill my life with such great joy. Too difficult to select just one from the great cloud of witnesses. First, my beloved mother and grandmothers. Then Sunday School teachers, school teachers, and youth leaders. God continually sending others into my life enriching me through their love and guidance. I am so very thankful for one very special pastor’s wife that started a small group Bible study at the church parsonage. Such a diverse group of women who drew together in a special bond and great love for God’s Word. Also met you through one of our studies (Bad girls). Friends/ Sistas til the end and then eternity rejoicing with our Savior. Thanks be to God.

  60. Lawan Rivera May 8, 2020 at 8:30 am #

    Good morning Liz! I hope this Mother’s Day weekend finds you feeling strong and healthy. I had such strong, beautiful role models in my mom, aunts and grandma. There was a song years ago that said it best.

    These Are the Women We Come From

    They are faces in photographs, heads all held high
    Not afraid to look life in the eye
    They were women with backbone, keepers of the flame
    With a spirit even hard times couldn’t tame
    And I know that this same blood is in me
    And I meet their gaze one by bone
    Eyes strong and clear, I still feel them near
    These are the women I come from
    The faith that sustained them is bred in my bones
    I know what I’m made of, and where I belong
    ‘Cause these are the women I come from
    What did life bring them, what pain did they know
    Stories the pictures didn’t show
    They were lovers of babies and lovers of God
    With lessons and laughter in their songs
    Did they dream better dreams for their children
    As they prayed silent prayers in the night
    “Lord make their way clear, and always be near”
    Now I have my own child beside me
    And we gaze at them all one by one
    Her eyes strong and clear, I draw her near and say
    These are the women you come from
    The faith that sustained them is bred in your bones
    You’ll know what you’re made of and where you belong–
    ‘Cause these are the women, survivors each one
    They aren’t always easy, but were loving and strong
    The life force inside them is still going on
    ‘Cause these are the women we come from

    Have a blessed Mother’s Day!

  61. Sue May 8, 2020 at 8:31 am #

    Although my mother and I differed in some ways, she had a determined faith in Christ,as well as a strength that meant that you do what you have to do. She was the strong, responsible one of the family, and I copied that strength, particularly when I became widowed with young children.

  62. Linda Pierson May 8, 2020 at 8:32 am #

    Along with my mom, I admire my sister. She’s ten years older than me and helped take care of me. Our dad was very difficult because of his own early family life. As a result my sister endured much emotional abuse while my brothers were often physically abused. (I missed most of it because of the age gap.) After giving her life to Jesus she rose above the mistakes she made in relationships, met a good man and raised two godly children. We saw our dad give his life to Jesus two weeks before he died but she still struggles to forgive the early abuse. She’s had amazing growth and continues to inspire me.

  63. marilynn May 8, 2020 at 8:36 am #

    The words to the song posted by Lawan say it all! How powerful and true! I was Blessed by a maternal grandmother who loved me unconditionally and raised me to be strong and walk in faith while
    always doing the unseen works of charity. I was further Blessed by her
    friends and two aunts who by their lives showed me the way to walk in His light.

  64. Charlene May 8, 2020 at 8:37 am #

    One of my mentors, Vi, is a role model to me. Growing up biracial in New England in the 1950s, she had such a rough go; her mother left, & her father tried to kill all six children in a house explosion. She suffered abuse from her family, classmates & co-workers.
    Vi eventually married a sailor, traveled the world & had three daughters then a much-hoped-for son. But when I met Vi at a church I started attending, she only had grown daughters. We met for lunch, & over a period of three hours, she told me her story. I learned that her precious son, a local college athlete, had been murdered just a couple of years earlier.
    Unless I had sat with Vi & heard about all the suffering in her life, I never would have known she’d had a single moment of misery. Because, you see, Vi is ALWAYS sweet, cheerful, encouraging & faithful. She tells everyone she meets how blessed she is & how Jesus has always been there for her.
    Vi is an ordained pastor & has co-facilitated several women’s studies with me. If any woman at that church feels down, depressed or lost, she goes to see Vi, who will show her how, through a strong relationship with Jesus, she CAN live a blessed, victorious life.
    I am 73, & Vi is only two years older than I am, yet it feels as though she’s lived a lot longer, & been a lot stronger, than I have. I moved to another state a few years ago, & I still miss my “home church” so much. But I keep up with Vi, & I still look to her as a role model & mentor.

  65. Janet McFarland May 8, 2020 at 8:37 am #

    The woman I look to as a role model is our BSF leader, Jeanette. Each week for years, she shares the wisdom of God and His Word with us. She’s compassionate, wise, insightful and loving as she humbly shares with us the truth of God. It inspires me to continue to run the race set before me.
    I’ve been following Jesus for 24 years and I continue to ask Him to shape and mold me into His image. More of Him, less of me! Praise be to God for the beautiful women He puts before us to lead, teach and guide us.

  66. Margaret Harke May 8, 2020 at 8:38 am #

    I have a sister in Christ who has taught many over the years the power of prayer. She has been a guide to many. She is a true prayer warrior. She is the one people go to when they feel a need for serious prayer. She shines with the light of Christ through her Bible studies, teaching and especially her prayers.

  67. Shelly May 8, 2020 at 8:41 am #

    Soooo many women role models to pick from….I have been so blessed❣️

    I am choosing my mentor and friend: Ruth Ann. She modeled and taught me how to be a middle school teacher with an accepting and loving heart. Ruth Ann modeled for me how to teach ALL kids with unconditional love…just like our Lord.
    Ruth Ann has been retired for awhile, but the lessons she taught me are alive and true. We reconnected recently thru tragedy as Ruth Ann lost her husband to the COVID-19. Please keep her in prayer during this oh so difficult time…

  68. Sarah Greenberg May 8, 2020 at 8:42 am #

    A woman who was a big inspiration in my life was my “nannie.” She became an adopted grandmother to me. She took care of me when I was a newborn throughout childhood. She would always be baking cookies and celebrating my birthday by baking a cake.
    I would spend some weekends at her house. On Sundays I would go to church with her and meet her friends.
    She was always fond of telling the story that after her grandson was born I would go up to him and tell him, ” She was my nannie first.” I was almost three years old when that happened. She always laughed when telling this cute story.
    She has always been a very special person in my life. She taught me the “good” Jesus did and how to be kind and caring towards other people. I will never forget her. 😀♥️

  69. Candy May 8, 2020 at 8:43 am #

    When God designed and created me, He gave me to be born to a woman who later on accepted Christ as her Savior and grew to love Him with all of her heart, soul, and mind. Her glass was always half full and never half empty.
    When I was caring for my terminally ill husband and she decided she needed more care than I was able to give her, she had herself admitted into the nursing home where my dad already was and told me, “My address doesn’t dictate my happiness.”
    The morning of the day she transitioned from earth to heaven she couldn’t speak, but her eyes were the bluest crystal clear blue I had ever seen them. She had those eyes trained on the ceiling and was slowly tracking with them back and forth….back and forth. Her face and smile was so radiantly lit up as if she just couldn’t take in what she was seeing. I knew what she was seeing! God allowed her to see into heaven where she was to go within hours.
    OH! How much I miss her and all the words of wisdom she gave me. I’m so thankful she was my mama.

  70. Nanci Davis May 8, 2020 at 8:45 am #

    This was sent to me by my real sister, at the perfect time. Feeling so depressed. I cant tell you how much reading this has helped today. My sister Sheela is strong in faith of Our Lord Jesus. She has battled stage 3 breast cancer, heart surgery, all the while stood strong in Jesus. I’ve never witnessed anyone go through horrible treatment on her body. And stay strong. I’m super proud of her. And she is whom I look up too. She brought Jesus into my life.

  71. Myra Zacharias May 8, 2020 at 8:48 am #

    My friend’s mom was my Sunday school reacher, back in the dark ages- the sixties-. She taught the Old Testament stories so they LIVED. Since then I have always loved the OT.
    She is still alive, along with her husband. They both turn 90 this year. At my bridal shower, everyone had to give a thought on a little card. She wrote” When setting your table in the morning for breakfast, always put on your bible.” I was honoured to speak at her granddaughter’s bridal shower last summer and I photocopied the note and referred to it in my devo. There were tears all around. You never know what kind of encouragement you can be. You never know how HE will use you. It is usually something small and insignificant at the time, that can tough a heart and encourage the soul.

  72. Debbie Garrison May 8, 2020 at 8:50 am #

    I met Alice when she and her husband Walter joined our small church when our children were very young. Her children were grown, married with children of their own, so they were used to being empty nesters. Alice and Walter were a team. They even taught a Sunday School class together and my husband Jim and I were a part of that class. She was a Godly mentor to me. I remember how she would speak truth into my life when I would reach out to her in my times of uncertainty. She always listened attentively and lovingly pointed me to Christ. Her life was lived for others. The most selfless act I witnessed was when she and Walter decided to take a teenage girl named Kathy who was kicked out of her home. I’ll never forget asking our class one Sunday morning for prayer for Kathy, sharing my concern for her. She came from a poor, illiterate family but was determined to get an education and bring her sister and brother to church. Alice and Walter become Kathy’s guardians and even helped her get into a small college. Alice is a woman of God and lives her life for Christ out loud. I’m thankful God brought her into my life.

  73. Debbie May 8, 2020 at 8:51 am #

    Hi Liz, one woman in scripture that has inspired me is the widow that gave the widows mite. Her offering was small in mans eyes but for The Lord is was the greatest of offerings because she gave from her heart all that she had. He knows us, He sees us and He loves us!

  74. Kris Marsh May 8, 2020 at 8:53 am #

    There are so many godly women in my life who have left their imprint on me. But at the top of the list would have to be my mom Judy. She has shown an inner strength and selflessness through years of the ups and downs of life. When someone has a need, she puts herself in the middle of it and helps, however she can. My dad had a stroke and was in the hospital and rehab facilities fir months, and in each setting, my mom connected with other patients and showed them Jesus’ love. She helps me pray for her grandsons, my young adult men who are stepping into their own lives. She takes their needs and well-being to God, and I count on her prayers mingled with my own. She didn’t talk about her faith a lot when I was growing up, but she always lived out her commitment to Him, and she has become bolder in her walk with God over the years. She helps people in practical ways, sewing baby blankets for missions, and taking friends to doctor appointments. She cares for my dad every day, never complaining, even though his post-stroke self is not as easygoing as before. I hope I can serve as she does… carrying on the legacy she’s left of a woman who loves the Lord and is available to others.

  75. Paula Strachota May 8, 2020 at 8:54 am #

    Thank you Liz for your very dear reminder of these important women in our history. It awakens me inside when I read the words this morning. I have had women in my life that were leading the way for God to come into my heart and then for my spiritual growth. I think back and and recognize my Grandmothers Lula and Elsie, my God Mother Loretta, an older blind lady at church, my 4-H leader who turned to Jesus and spoke to us and took me to women events – one event you were there and oh what a joyful memory. Then I met women through my nursing studies and later work. Now through the women who study weekly with me. Those memories are worth celebrating. So today I want to thank you for reminding me of these great women in my life. Bless You

  76. Christine Brann May 8, 2020 at 8:55 am #

    The first time the word hope was used in the Bible was in the Book of Ruth, spoken by Naomi. Trusting in the LORD with confidence in any circumstance

  77. Jan Hardaway May 8, 2020 at 8:55 am #

    There have been three women in my life whom I have looked up to. First is my Mom who passed away several years ago. She was strong in her faith. When I gave my life to Jesus again as a woman of 30 there were two women who guided me, directed me, and helped me follow in the footsteps of Jesus….Pearl. and Marge. Two women whom I looked up to and loved so dearly. They are both enjoying their life with Christ…So thankful for these ladies in my life. Now in my 80’s I am so thankful for their guidance…and especially His!

  78. Julee McCamey May 8, 2020 at 8:55 am #

    My mother was a great woman of faith, so calm and practical in her teaching as she and I led a woman’s Bible study group until her passing. She sang hymns instead of lullabies when she rocked me as an infant, and she taught me to love the word as she read to me every day before I went to school. It’s still the first thing I do every morning, but now that I do it alone I have coffee each morning with Him. She taught me that prayer is simply talking to God and that waiting is an action verb that requires looking for answers in the Bible and being still enough to hear them. I miss her, but I can still remember her teachings. “You should never ask why, because the answer is why not.” “You were given this challenge because God knows you can handle it with His guidance.” I am thankful for her calming presence in my life, and for the measure of faith with which she guided me, and, in fact, she still does, as I am ever quoting her to friends with needs.

  79. Sherry Young May 8, 2020 at 8:56 am #

    I have two role models. First is my beloved mother. I have watched her steady faith through out the years. She has prayed for me the 58 years of my life. Prayed me through some bad decisions in my younger days. She is 87 and after a battle with colon cancer we are so blessed to still have her with us. The second is a retired pastor’s wife in her 90s. She has taught hundreds of women and calls us her girls.

  80. Jan Kight May 8, 2020 at 8:57 am #

    Mrs, Mazie Hecker is a wonderful Christian lady in her 90’s and has been a mentor to me helping me understand the Bible and will always be thankful to her.

  81. Rani Vande Berg May 8, 2020 at 9:04 am #

    Dang. I just did this and messed up, so I am back again trying to remember what I wrote!
    Role model: Mom (and many others, but she was a constant).
    When Mom and I got to live together (2008-2019) it was a pleasure to know her as an adult. It is her attitude which I try to emulate. No matter how bad things were, she relied on God’s promises. She was never mean or spiteful (despite dementia) and had a deep inner joy which all who dealt with her felt. After hospital visits, or visits to the doctor, etc, people alwas commented on what a wonderful person she was.

  82. cheryl fleury May 8, 2020 at 9:06 am #

    Hi, Liz, I want to share something about my mother who influences my life right now, even though she died three years ago. Her life can best be described by what I wrote for her memorial service. You will be able to get a clear understanding of the godly woman she was, and it’s her life that is still speaking to me. Mom was living with my sister, Barbara, at the time of her death. Thanks for taking time to read this. In Him, Cheryl

    Last Words
    When you have known someone for over sixty years, you have a lot of memories. As I considered all that my mother has meant to me, and the impact she has had on my life, I realized that I wanted to share some of Mom’s last comments. It’s the last things that we speak that truly define who we are.
    I walked into Barbara’s house that Monday, January 9th, not knowing what to expect. Mom had been diagnosed the previous week with brain cancer, and the doctor said she had only weeks to live. Of all the things going through my mind, the one thing I did not expect to see was Mom sitting in her recliner with a smile on her face. She was delighted to see me, and I gave her a big hug and kiss. I sat close to her as we talked and laughed together. I reminded her that Becky would be coming on Wednesday, and Amy would be arriving Thursday night. “We’re all coming to see you!” I exclaimed. Mom looked at me and replied, “I know, and I’m so surprised.”
    Why would she be surprised? I’ll tell you why, because Mom always put her children’s needs and wants before her own. From birth to the present, my mother has always, always, been a loving support and guide in my life. Now, when she knew that her time on earth was limited, she was still surprised that we would put her first. Mom was selfless.
    On Tuesday, I was still struggling with the fact that Mom was so ill. It was easy to forget that fact when talking with her or laughing about something. When I did remember, and the tears came to my eyes, Mom said, “Don’t be sad; I’ve had a good life.”
    There she goes again, thinking about me being sad, but more than that, Mom was thinking about her life. “I’ve had a good life.” With all the struggles, disappointments, tragedies, and just plain living, Mom chose to remember the goodness of her life. She chose to remember the love, joy, and happiness. Mom was content.
    On Wednesday afternoon, the home health aide came to see Mom. There was nothing that Mom required, so the two of them sat and talked. Mom did most of the talking. I was sitting nearby reading, and heard parts of the conversation. Mom was sharing about her life and faith. “The Lord has been speaking to me every day for two years,” she said.
    Mom was ready to die. Not only was she ready, she was happy to be going home, and she was looking forward to being with Jesus and her loved ones who had gone before. She wanted everyone to know that, and the peace she had flowed to those around her. Mom was faithful.
    There were no more conversations after that day, and Mom slipped into Glory the next Monday, one week after I arrived.
    Selfless…. Content…. Faithful. “ I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
    “Don’t be sad. I’ve had a good life.”

  83. Jan May 8, 2020 at 9:06 am #

    Jenn Annon who is in her 90’s is a prayer warrior. When she lost her sight several years ago, she told me all of the Bible passages she had stored in her heart were still there. She still leads bible studies for the young men in the next door re-habilitation center and “sees” them off at 7 AM, when they graduate. “They need to know that Grandmom Jenn loves them and is praying for them”. Wonderful woman of God.

  84. Beverly Martin May 8, 2020 at 9:14 am #

    My role model is my mother whom I love so much. She is intelligent, protective, quick witted, hard worker, loving, supportive, and my best friend! She is a Christian who Strongly supported my father as a pastors wife for 50 years! She was an amazing cook who could fix full course meal and best cakes/pies of anyone I know. She was an amazing seamstress who made my clothes when I was a child and made my prom dress! She was the most efficient and organized secretary whom supervisors would argue over getting to work for them! Unfortunately, she developed Alzheimer’s ten years ago just like her mother did before her! Now, she has lost all mental ability and sits in a wheelchair staring at me without the ability to speak coherently or understand what I am saying to her. But yet she smiles for me and squeezes my hand – such a strong will! I can only hope to be half the woman as her! I love and miss her so much!

  85. Dianne Smith May 8, 2020 at 9:15 am #

    First of all my precious Mother who loved the Lord and taught me from my youth to love and serve Him.
    Later a former Pastors wife who became a close friend and as I watched her serve the Lord I wanted to serve as well. She is in her 90’s and still teaching God’s word. We traveled together as she spoke to women!s groups. God has given me a ministry in teaching a S S class at present. So thankful for these Godly women and their influence in my life. So thankful for the time I served as a group leader in BSF and learned so much from countless Godly women. God is good all the time!!
    Have heard you speak in various cities and throughly enjoy you on FB.
    May God richly bless you as you serve Him so faithfully! You have been a HUGE blessing in my life as well!!
    Love and Prayers!

  86. Donna Cohick May 8, 2020 at 9:15 am #

    Oh my where do I start to share the blessings the Lord had given me throughout my life of 75 years. 2nd oldest of 7 children (in span of 9 years). My older sister and I took care of younger siblings and doing house chores etc. Mom never had time to tuck us in at night or to nurture us. I found out later she never knew the love of her mother so how could she give what she was never shown. My sister and I took siblings to church but never knew the Lord till I was 32. Found this great Bible believing church and this wonderful mother figure came along side of me and took me under her wing. Oh my the love of a Spiritual Mom (Polly), a love I never knew from my mom. The time she took with me and the joyous love of the Lord that she bestowed on me…an understanding of what love was that I never knew or felt before. She opened my eyes and heart to understanding the love God had for me, a love freely given and so great that there was nothing I could to do to earn it. Polly helped me get into The Word and opened a desire to surrender my life completely and the importance of obedience. I wonder if she had never come into my life would I have ever known how to truly love and most importantly be loved. Many years later while her precious, strong, wonderful and loving husband was dying with cancer I witnessed the strength she drew from The Lord as I was able to be by her side. I saw in real life the strength of the Lord and the love of our Father on her that I wanted more and more of Him in my life. God blessed me with Polly and through her revealed what His love truly is. After many years she is now home with The Lord but I still cherish her love for me that showed me how much I am loved by the Father. I seem drawn to share that love with younger ladies that need someone just to come along side, love on them and share with them how much they are loved and cherished and accepted by our Father. Praise the Lord for my Spiritual Mom Polly sharing so much love and investing in me that I now can honor her and do the same for other young ladies. Thank you Lord for this lady changing the direction of my life and I honor her legacy.

    • Leta May 9, 2020 at 10:12 am #

      Corena, a family friend, has inspired me and been a role model for me in many areas. She is humble, gentle, content, and at peace with God and herself. She had gone through so many hard things but has been thankful and praising Jesus through it all!

  87. Carol Setterstrom May 8, 2020 at 9:16 am #

    My mom was my best role model. She continued to teach Bible studies until 4 months before she died at 93. She went to be with the Lord she dearly loved and so dearly loved her. She prayed for me, encouraged me, supported me and Loved me. I am the woman I am today because of her. She taught me to love and serve God with all my heart.

  88. Nancy May 8, 2020 at 9:17 am #

    Like Mary, who sat at Jesus’s feet and listened to all He had to say, I too pray that I always do what is required of me.

  89. Janis Crump May 8, 2020 at 9:23 am #

    One special lady Mrs. K stands out to me. She taught all three of my kids in Sunday school. She was a quiet spoken lady that had such an Huge impact on so many lives. She had arthritis so bad but she never complained. When she could no longer stay at home by herself, she decided to go into the nursing home. I went to visit her one day and went to her room. She wasn’t there, so I went to the nurses’s desk. One nurse told me she had been transferred to another room. She explained she was in a room with a roommate from hell. She could see I was shocked by her words and she said she could say that because her mother was the roommate. Because of Mrs. K daily godly example this roommate accepted Christ. On the day I came back from vacation I went back to the nursing home to visit Mrs. K. I went to her room and her roommate told Me with tears in her eyes that Mrs. K had pasted away two days before. She said Mrs. K’s son had given her Mrs. K’s bible. What a treasure she received that day. I believe God used Mrs. K to be that witness for this roommate to know and accept God’s love and forgiveness.

  90. Arlene May 8, 2020 at 9:30 am #

    My role model was my mom. As I was growing up, she was actively involved in Child Evangelism. She would meet with other women to get the new flannelgraph materials ready to use. She taught Sunday School and was the church pianist. As she aged and became unable to go out and do a lot, she would make quilts for local nursing homes, children that were in the hospital, the local agency that supported women in unplanned pregnancies, as well as making sure there were quilts for all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Most of all, she was a prayer warrior. She passed away almost 2 years ago at the young age of 93.

  91. Vicki Jo Moore May 8, 2020 at 9:35 am #

    Ruth. When I perform marriage ceremonies (I am a judge), most of my “couples” are not believers. That’s why they’ve come to the courthouse and not the church to get hitched. But, like it or not, I bring God unto their ceremonies, quite often with Ruth 1:16-17 as an example of the never ending commitment and devotion that God expects us to show to others. Ruth is such a great example of a woman who remained committed to her mother-in-law, to help her and to serve her, even when she could have taken an easier path for herself. And look how God rewarded her!

  92. Cheri Wallace May 8, 2020 at 9:37 am #

    Hi Liz, My friend was gracious, humble, and loving. She could show her love by being soft spoken with kind words, no condemnation. There was a gentleness, whether with advice( when asked for), or if she had frustration. I never went away from her without hearing, “I’ll see you then, God willing and the creek don’t rise. “ At first I’d never heard that but then I realized that we can make all the plans we want, but if it is not God’s will it won’t happen. I miss her quiet love still today.

  93. Pat Suer May 8, 2020 at 9:43 am #

    For me, it is Mary Magdalene. I feel her love of Jesus deep in my own heart. She would not leave Him at the foot of the cross. She was not afraid to go to the tomb to anoint him. She cried bitter tears when she thought he had been taken away. And, she recognized his voice when he said “Mary”. Then, He sent her to tell the others the Good News. She was the apostle to the apostles. I do love her.

  94. Linda Clement May 8, 2020 at 9:47 am #

    My sweet grandma, Beunice. Whenever I was spending the night with her, she slept with me. She knew I had many fears and she was always looking for ways to make me feel special. She never got in bed without kneeling beside the bed and praying. I know she always prayed for me and I have felt the power of those prayers throughout my life. 💕

  95. Alana Morgan May 8, 2020 at 9:47 am #

    So many wonderful models of strength! I am always drawn to Rahab for her courage and strength of faith. To me she personified standing firm in her beliefs!

    Thank you Liz for this opportunity. Blessed Mother’s Day to you!

  96. Dianna May 8, 2020 at 9:49 am #

    Thank you Liz!
    This message was such a beautiful display of celebrating women!
    I pray that you continue to do well and get stronger everyday!
    My role models during my lifetime were my Mom and both of my grandmothers. All strong faithful women that were all unfortunately widowed but trusted in God to take away their loneliness and pain. It was through their sufferings that I learned how to survive the losses in my life of friends, numerous pregnancies and all three of those wonderful women.
    They taught me unconditional love which has helped my marriage and being a Mom to 6 adopted children. Now my 14th grandchild is on its way! God has done such amazing things, I love to tell the stories! 😂

  97. bonnie olive May 8, 2020 at 9:51 am #

    my role model is a dear friend of mine that led a womens bible study for several years . she walked the talk . i watched as she prayed for needs and saw God answer her prayers! i still hear from her and how she has prayed for a need and how God answered. thats living by faith! praise our wonderful Lord

  98. Betty Best May 8, 2020 at 9:53 am #

    Her name is Velma McRea….she has been in heaven many years. She was my first Sunday school teacher..I was 12.As a family we didn’t go to church,so I was a late “starter”.Then
    When my mother became a Christian,guess who her SS teacher was….yep,Velma. She cherished me as a young girl
    and taught truth to my mom. A lady who connected two generations….what a blessing she was

  99. Dora Busch May 8, 2020 at 9:56 am #

    My stepmom Charlotte; was not only a blessing to my daddy but a blessing to me also. After daddy died, she has been a pillar and a good friend. She never tried to take over the family, though she was accused of that very thing. She is a very humble but strong woman. She submitted to her husband and stood up to anyone who undermined his authority as the patriarch. She’s the most God fearing woman I know that admits to being far from perfect.

  100. Myrna May 8, 2020 at 10:02 am #

    My role model was my Sunday school teacher…Linda Wigent. I am now 60 and she is 71! We are extremely close. Although she moved to another state I know she is just a phone call away. She has loved me , encouraged me through some very difficult times in my life. ALWAYS pointing me to the cross ,to the God who loves me. Her life ,her walk with the Lord has never changed…she has experienced some hard times and yet she has stayed the course giving the Lord praise and glory. I love Linda dearly and have been so blessed by her. I know she loves me and prays for me and on really bad days that keeps me going and gives me great comfort.

  101. Wendy Black May 8, 2020 at 10:06 am #

    The Godly example I most witnessed was the work of my mother. She was an ever present reminder of God’s love! I miss her everyday since the Lord took her.

  102. Phyllis Steffen May 8, 2020 at 10:24 am #

    A neighbor who had difficulty walking, lost her only son, but could praise the Lord for HIS faithfulness.

  103. Angela May 8, 2020 at 10:24 am #

    From the age of 12 to this day Mother Davis has been my mentor, friend, encouragement, life line, and mother image. Most of at the age of 12 you are not sure where life will take you only God does. I started singing at the age of 9 and directing the young adult church choir at the age of 12. Mother Davis was the pastor’s wife and am telling you she was the example of a godly woman and wife. I admire Mother Davis so much even till the day the Lord called her home (2 years ago), never seen her mad or upset about anything, only becoming passionate about her music but never angry. Watching her during those years I had no idea God was making me to become a pastor’s wife. One of the worst time of my life, where I left the my husband, my children, my church and my friends to follow my selfish desires. During that time I was used by men, drinking, getting involved with things I can’t even mention. While my husband was doing church I was being used and abused by the devil. To make this short (trying hard and without crying), I finally came back to the Lord. Everything I went through in the church and the hurt that I was feeling, the people that didn’t want to talk to me and the women that talked about me it was so hard. But this woman that took me and covered me, prayed for me and every time I walked in the church Mother Davis would come and tell me “I am glad you are back, I love you, God loves you and He is going to use so mightily. Her humble spirit and soft voice would make me breakdown and seek God. Out of 100+ members there was one person that I knew loved me was Mother Davis. Today I stand humbly and honored that God knew who I needed in my life to make it this far 42 years married and 28 years as the praise and worship leader and pastor wife. Because of this lady allowing God to use her to change this my life, young people lives have been changed, the lives of men and women have been changed and clergy wives are being delivered. Mother Davis has her crown.

  104. Nancy doty May 8, 2020 at 10:25 am #

    My role model was my precious grandmother that raised me! I watched her sacrifice so much for me but was always so faithful in her walk with her farther. We grew up very poor but oh so loved

  105. Diane Kelly May 8, 2020 at 10:26 am #

    When I see a woman in the Bible it always perks me up!! I get excited to see God use one of my sisters!! So hard to choose 1 woman who inspires me, they all do. I sincerely LOVE Mary (mother of Jesus) her prayer the Magnificat. I often pray “I am the handmaiden of the Lord, use me as you will.”
    I would have to say that lately YOU (Liz) are my “modern day” roll model, you are a face that speaks peace, forgiveness and God’s love to me. And you sure look like you give a mean hug 🤗. Thank you for your Faithful service to our Lord!! Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

  106. Jan Bender May 8, 2020 at 10:30 am #

    My role model is my prayer partner. She is Korean , her name is Cha. She lost her husband 6 years ago and no income at the time. Saw how her faith in God and what He could do came to pass. She has watched God do miracles in her life, supplying money and paying all the bills. From her getting Medicaid and seeing her raise her handicap daughter and walking through cancer this year and being cancer free. God is surely good.

  107. Pat Brinsfield May 8, 2020 at 10:45 am #

    Miss Susie was a senior saint in our Baptist church . County seat , small town where everyone knew everyone. Faithful member with a quiet voice but a firm and strong faith. The only woman ever called on to pray in church!! She was never afraid to stand and speak at a church business meeting- always with a calm sincere word. She showed me courage can be a quiet but strong voice. She always referred to scripture when speaking. A blessing to all!!

  108. Amy Dean May 8, 2020 at 10:46 am #

    My role model is my mother. Her mother was an alcoholic and no one went to church, but at the age of 6 she walked to church by herself. She raised 5 children with my father and they took us to church every time the door opened. But my mother didn’t stop there, every night we had a “Bible Story” and a “story story”. Many of us had severe illnesses growing up but she persevered. Late in life she became a Customhouse Broker and in all her dealings with the public I never saw her speak an unkind word. She was always kind of softspoken to everyone she came in contact with. She taught us to be kind and generous and to always realize there are root causes to unkind words and deeds of other people. She is 94 now with severe osteoporsis, confined to bed. And yet there is no frustration or anger in her situation just a loving gentle smile for the daughters taking care of her at home. And propped up on pillows she is still reading her Bible. Please God may I come close to being the woman of God my mother is.

  109. Deborah Ingham May 8, 2020 at 10:49 am #

    I was born and raised in a very small New England mill town, a village, really. The town revolved around the “mill” and so, the closer you lived to the mill, the wealthier you were. The further away, the poorer. The same people we attended Kindergarten with, were the same people we Graduated with. The woman who I admired then, and still do today (in heaven) is a woman who raised her family on the far outer reaches of our village. She was the Mom of a set of twins I spent all my growing up years with and are still friends with today. There was never a stranger in her home. Every person, young, old, rich or poor, healthy or sick, was welcome in her home. I knew, without a doubt, that if I were ever to be afraid, hurt or in trouble, I could not only just walk into her home, but I would be loved and guided. She was my safety net. Growing up, I knew that I wanted to be such a woman. I wanted to raise my family in the same way. When I grew up, married and started my own family, I strived to be this way. My husband was not so inclined. He wouldn’t allow “extras” in his home. Needless to say, after 22 years of abuse, we parted ways. Today, I can joyfully say that my 2 biological sons, are just like me with their own families as they grew up knowing my heart. I have adopted 2 other children, now men, who know that no matter where they are, if they are scared, hurt, or in trouble, they can walk into my home and would be loved on and guided.
    The woman who inspired my life, was a woman with no visible means of riches but she was so rich indeed. I’m sure that there are hundreds if not thousands of people who have been enriched by Mrs. Joe Briand (in those days, women didn’t even have their own names, they were the wives of their husbands). Thank you Liz for inviting me to stroll down memory lane this morning. Now I think I need to sit down and connect with my old classmates.

  110. LaDonna Rausch May 8, 2020 at 10:54 am #

    Hello Liz, I would like to share about my Godly role model who is my wonderful 87 year old mother. My mother was raised in the Amish community and you would think it would be a wonderful, peaceful upbringing. But it was not. My grandfather was a troubled man and took it out on his 14 children. In spite of this my mother married my wonderful father and together they pushed through many adversities in life. I do not remember a time in my life that we were not in church. When the doors were open, we were there. To this day my mother remains 100% steadfast in her walk for the Lord. She still teaches me how to be more patient, loving and forgiving because of her daily walk with God and her daily time in the Bible. She still serves in our church on the prayer team and is active in a small group. Happy Mothers Day, Liz.

  111. Lynn Durham May 8, 2020 at 11:05 am #

    Her name was Evelyn Pike. I first met her when my husband was called to pastor her church. In some ways she reminded me of my mother but in others she was a polar opposite. Similarities in dress and hair and even handwriting but it was her demeanor that really drew me to Evelyn. She had a prayer life that I longed for. As a young preacher’s wife I was expected to be a prayer warrior but I was sorely lacking in it. Evelyn became my mentor and prayer warrior. I could count on her to keep a confidence and pray for any situation. She died a couple of years ago and I miss her much.

  112. Julie B May 8, 2020 at 11:10 am #

    For some reason, I have had quite a few friends in my life named Mary! One of them was an amazing role model and I learned much from her about listening for the Lord’s voice daily and doing what he impressed upon her to do each day. Despite much adversity and disappointment in her life, she was patient and full of God’s joy. I really miss her.

  113. Beth Silver May 8, 2020 at 11:11 am #

    I have had several role models. The main one would be my grandmother. She had a quiet but firm personality. Sometimes you missed what she was doing if you did not pay attention. She did not call attention to herself.
    Peggy was a great role model as a Sunday School leader and she has a great collection of books she shares with others.

  114. Kathryn Scovanner May 8, 2020 at 11:13 am #

    This past three months have tested me so much. I have prayed constantly and talk to God every hour of the day. With Mother’s Day this weekend will be a very quite day but a fun day visiting my Grandbabies in Tampa. They have been FaceTiming me almost every other day. Also my best friend has been daily calling me from Texas.
    But the most important thing in my life have been sending and praying for my list of shut-ins. I daily pray for them because they are in nursing homes. So far my county has not been hit with deaths.
    Because my mother is gone for 24 years, I have adopted two ladies and gave them hanging plants for Mother’s Day.
    To all have a blessed Mother’s Day!

  115. Denise Warweg May 8, 2020 at 11:20 am #

    I have had many women that have been wonderful mentors for me in God’s word and I am so thankful for each one. You are one of those mentors Liz. And even though I don’t know you personally, I feel like I know you through your writing. I am so glad I got to hear you that first time and jump at the opportunity to see you again! Love you! TaDa!

  116. Barbara Rotante May 8, 2020 at 11:21 am #

    First let me say, “Congratulations on your appointment Liz!” My friends and I remember your visit to Covenant Church in Winterville, NC like it was yesterday…Ta Da!!!

    Second, the first face that popped in my mind while reading today’s devotion was my first NC friend and neighbor, Lynne Cheadle. Divine intervention brought me to NC from CT in 2011. Lynne assisted me with crossing religious divides and developing an intimate relationship with Jesus. She and I attended many functions together, including seeing you! Lynne lost her battle with cancer last year but she was truly loved and had a wonderful impact on so many lives.

  117. Terri Whittaker May 8, 2020 at 11:22 am #

    Without question, she’s my mom. We recently celebrated her 80th birthday with a go cart ride to top it off.
    Mom is the strongest woman I know. Looking at her, she would not be thought of as physically strong, actually she would appear weak. Her strength radiates from within. She truly is a life who radiates Galatians 5:22-23…Certainly not perfectly, but absolutely authentically. The Holy Spirit indwells her heart and the rest is Galatians 5:22-23. That’s strength I admire because it’s a strength not naturally made, it’s a strength that comes from the presence and power of The Holy Spirit of God.
    I am blessed beyond words that I got her…for my mom, my sons, their mamaw, and my grandchildren, their mamaw Belle.
    Thank You JESUS.🙌

  118. Marty Goff May 8, 2020 at 11:25 am #

    My Mom. She was such a woman of wisdom. Not a woman of frivolous words. One that when she spoke you listened, even when you didn’t want to. She taught me so many things. But mostly to have faith in God. To love unconditionally. To give of yourself. When she passed away I was ask to describe Mother in a few words. Simple elegance. She had such grace about her that came from our Lord. She’s been with the Lord 20 years now. Her simple elegance is still missed and her wonderful spoken words.

  119. Kristi May 8, 2020 at 11:30 am #

    Sharon is a woman who served at our church for the 30 years that I was there & even before that. She worked behind the scenes, she lead the women’s ministry, she counseled, taught seminars, sometimes taught on Sundays, but never called it preaching. She mentored me graciously when I took over the women’s ministry. She did it all, she did it well, & she did it quietly & humbly. Such a great example!

  120. Barbara Head May 8, 2020 at 11:35 am #

    My role model is a dear friend who ministered to me after my husband died suddenly at age 30. She was able to be with me in my pain. Rather than trying to cheer me up, she cried with me and offered herself to help by watching my son for me or inviting me over when others were avoiding me because they did not know how to react. She called me everyday for a full year. She was indeed an angel in disguise.

  121. Name* May 8, 2020 at 11:37 am #

    Sally, she is the leader in our bible study.. she is so knowledgeable..we have been meeting for two years now..group of four…

  122. Susan May 8, 2020 at 11:38 am #

    My mom

  123. Mandy May 8, 2020 at 11:40 am #

    My mother

  124. Kathleen Bennefield May 8, 2020 at 11:54 am #

    My first role model was my elementary Sunday school teacher! Such a sweet spirit…never heard her raise her voice. In my adult years there have been several, all with that sweet humble spirit that you know is of Christ! I wish I could model that same sweet spirit, but girl, I done got fiesty in my old age , not sweet and gentle!!!

  125. Kathy Ekema May 8, 2020 at 11:57 am #

    The woman who has served as a role model for me was my Mom. I was blessed to have been raised in a Christian home. My Mom, who has been with Jesus now for 3 years, lived up to her name “Joy”. She was a godly mother, who taught me so many things about being a godly mother and I hope that my daughters feel that I passed those qualities on to them. She was giving, forgiving, loving, always gave me a sense of security and supported my dreams.

  126. Martha Kirkman May 8, 2020 at 11:57 am #

    Being a newlywed almost 45 years ago and moving to a new state, new church, from the country to a city, and feeling very much alone, I found some “older” (50’s and 60’s) women at church (about 6 women)that became my mentors. They taught me how to pray, love others, serve, to be hospitable, to care and to love Jesus. They loved on me. This April as we arrived home from West Africa I found a note that the last of those women had died in February. It was sad, but a time of rejoicing since I knew she was “home” with Jesus. This dear woman meant so much to me. She was my cheerleader, prayer warrior, and loved me just as she loved her own daughters. I shared with her daughters that she was a role model in my life. When I talked with her it was like sitting at the feet of Jesus. Our first year of marriage her door was always open to us. Serving us simple meals and desserts, which I continue to make over the years and we call them our comfort foods. I never call the foods by their real names, they are always called by her name. Her family only lived in our town for 1 year, before moving 3 hours away, but we continued over the years to see and talk to each other. Her husband died several years ago. My husband played piano for his funeral (He also had played piano for two of the daughter’s weddings). I am so thankful for these dear women that God placed in my life.

  127. Nancy Newcomb May 8, 2020 at 11:58 am #

    Miss Jessie, about five feet tall physically, but a giant spiritually; unschooled academically, but uber-knowledgeable in the Word;
    gentle in social conversation, but mighty and powerful in prayer. She
    wasn’t my mentor but was definitely my model.

  128. LouAnn Christie May 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm #

    Good Morning Liz!

    The woman who I have in my life, while many have guided me, taught me, inspire me, love me, would be Sharon B. She stepped up 35+ years ago, in church, when no other woman would even speak to me. I was single (divorced) and a mom. I had recently come back to the Lord but knew so little. She quietly took me under her wing, went through a Discipleship series that help to bloister me up, deepen my understanding of scriptures and help to develop my character as a woman of God.

    PS: I am sure its a typo or the original date from your original post; but it indicates you’ll be drawing a name on MARCH 10th, not May 10th. 😉

  129. Christie McKee May 8, 2020 at 12:18 pm #

    My mother is my role model. She is strong and so wise. She raised three children with my dad, always encouraging and pushing us to be our best. She raised probably one of every kind of pet with us, planted and harvested a huge garden each year, and made many of our clothes. She stayed at home until I entered high school, but was never idle! Looking back, I’m not sure how she prepared the meals and clothed us on the budget they had! She worked to put three of us through college and part of graduate school, and continues to help a little along the way with six grandchildren, the oldest of whom graduates today from medical school! My siblings and I all three graduated at the top of our class and won so many awards like Best Dressed, Homecoming, etc., when our family was by far not the wealthiest or the most educated; most of this is because of her. She helped care for both of my grandparents for years, then helped with her mother in law. Now she is taking care of my father, who is in the early stages of Alzheimers. Best of all, though, she reads and studies her Bible daily and prayed for each of us and our then future mates. We were at church for every activity and every service. In the midst of COVID, she is still praying for each family member daily and checking on their neighbors. She is my go-to woman!

  130. Linda Riley May 8, 2020 at 12:26 pm #

    The biggest influence in my life is my mother. She’s the one who taught me colors and numbers, the alphabet and the Lord’s Prayer. I depended on her to keep me safe. She was there at my wedding, along with my dad, and grandparents (both sides of the family). She taught me the value of togetherness. I am forever blessed by her guidance. Now it is my turn, as she is almost 97-years old and depends on me for help. Lord, let me be there for her as she was for me!

  131. Patricia J. Burke May 8, 2020 at 12:34 pm #

    My dad was my greatest influence in learning of the love of God. In 1923 my mom fell ill with encephalitis (sleeping sickness). She was already engaged to my dad, whom she married in 1930. He remained faithful to her during many extremely rough years. The disease left her somewhat debilitated, but she was able to birth and raise up three daughters. During my growing up years, we were actively Roman Catholic. Dad went to Mass and Communion every single day of the week, which I believe is what kept him strong and faithful. He never (at least openly) questioned God about the why of it all; he simply went on every day doing his best to provide, protect and love his family. He was Mom’s defender, friend, and lover through the entire 41 years they were married. (Mom went to Jesus the day after their 41st wedding anniversary.) Through his actions, as well as his words, he taught us the meaning of holy loyalty. Now that I have accomplished 61 years of marriage, I am very aware of what it took for him to be faithful, loyal and true to his marriage vows. I can well imagine that there were many times when he wanted to quit; many times when life got the best of him. But he always turned to God for strength and found peace and purpose.

  132. Lori May 8, 2020 at 12:37 pm #

    My grandma comes to mind. She had a hard life but I can remember her reading from the book of Psalms. I loved her dearly but we lost her early to Alzheimer’s. My youngest sister is named after her❤️

  133. Peggy Whitney May 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm #

    My mother-in-law strongly influenced my adult life and spiritual journey. Her simple faith and strong belief in prayer impressed me the most. I admired her ability to find good in everyone and everything. Throughout the years she shared her trials and triumphs with the Lord. Family, friends, and even strangers were lifted to His care through her prayers. Situations others thought impossible were possible because Mom believed “Thy Will be done” and “With God all things are possible”. I saw the power of prayer in her example of giving everything to Jesus and patiently and expectantly waiting for His response. Mom was ever thankful for His blessings in her life. I dearly miss the woman who lived a quiet but strong faith yet I know she is with the One she worshiped. I hope I have embraced her example for my own.

  134. Christene Heidegger May 8, 2020 at 1:02 pm #

    My Mother and my maternal grandmother were my intimate models for how to live and to make decisions. They were and are my best friends. Even though they have been gone for 20 and 40 years.
    They taught me how to love God and to be independent and how to care for others.
    Happy Mother’s day Grandma and Mom!

  135. Crystal Renfro May 8, 2020 at 1:14 pm #

    My lifelong role model is a woman that I never met, and actually died almost 24 years before I was ever born. My role model is the prolific author, Grace Livingston Hill. I was introduced to her books by my mother, and I own every one of her 100+ books. I have read her books over and over and have learned so much about the attitude, courage and Christ-centered living behavior for Christian men and women from her stories. Now don’t get me wrong, I am a highly educated, professional woman and expect to be treated as such in the workplace. But my goal is to model my heart after the godly men and women in the pages of her novels.

  136. Gay May 8, 2020 at 1:14 pm #

    An older woman (named Mary!) mentored me when I first came to Jesus. She was a widow and helped me along my new walk with Christ. Much of what she taught me is personal so I won’t go into detail, but suffice it to say, her words and her love for Jesus have shaped my life. She is in heaven now and I hope to pass along the truths and love she shared with me with whoever the Lord brings along my path…..

  137. Suzanne C May 8, 2020 at 1:15 pm #

    My sister is my role model. We have been together since we were kids and even though we both got married later on in life and had children we still have remained close. She was like a second mother to me when we were growing up because our parents left us alone as we got older. We both have been through a lot over the years (her losing her son at age 17 in a car wreck and me going thru a divorce and my son’s father’s death at age 47.) But she has always been there for me not only as a sister but as a prayer warrior. When I hated my job (that was very stressful and caused me to have many health issues) she would pray for me daily until I was able to retire. Anytime I need prayer for myself or someone I know, I can count on her to pray or if I just need someone to talk to. She is my best friend. I am blessed to call her my sister.

  138. Sandy Stiltner May 8, 2020 at 1:32 pm #

    Ruth has always impressed me! She left everything to follow with Naomi!
    “Where you go I will go, Your God will be my God and your people are my people” She showed her love and faith by doing this!

  139. Nancy Carter May 8, 2020 at 1:50 pm #

    The Lord has truly blessed me with many women mentors through the years, family and friends. As a young woman I was blessed with youth leaders who encouraged us to become who God wanted us to be. As a young bride I had ‘older’ women encouraging me to be the best wife, and then mom by God’s Grace. Seek Him, spend time with Him and glorify Him!

    What a blessing to be surrounded by ‘such a cloud of witnesses’!

    Thank You, Father, for providing these women to mentor me through the years.

  140. Crystal N May 8, 2020 at 2:15 pm #

    My grandmother was a dear soul. She was loving, kind and generous and she had grit! She taught me how to cook, give to others and be compassionate. She taught me about Jesus and how to live his love everyday.
    She was a school teacher and she didn’t just teach her students she deeply cared for them. If someone didn’t have weather appropriate clothes or shoes, she would give them some. If they did’t have food at home she would bring groceries to their family. I watched her tell my grandfather to load up the living room furniture to give to a family who didn’t even have a bed while taking them enough food to feed a large family for thanksgiving.
    She she had several older couples at church that she took food to at least twice a week to make sure they had something nutritious to eat.
    She was always someone I could come to in tough times. She herself had been through a lot and could always be counted on to lend advice and wisdom.
    I miss her dearly but I know God has a special place for her in heaven. And I do what I can to carry on her legacy and live a Godly life like she did.

  141. Pam May 8, 2020 at 2:21 pm #

    My role model was my mother. Even though she had a very hard childhood and upbringing (she was raised by the proverbial “wicked” stepmother), my mother was never bitter about it. She also was never afraid to speak her mind — in a polite way. She was the most honest person I ever knew. And she could fix anything around our house with an old kitchen knife. I am glad there is a lot of her in me.

  142. Pat Petsemoie May 8, 2020 at 2:47 pm #

    A lady in her 80’s held a Sunday School class in a nursing home in the town I live in while I worked there. Since I was a singer I offered to sing a song before she started class. The class was called “The Last SS Class’ which was very fitting since they were all elderly.
    She took me under her wing and became my Mentor. She & her husband were devout Christians and very faithful to their Church and her Lord.
    I eventually attended church w/her and just soaked up at all the knowledge that she had. As I was a young mother and wife myself. She had no children and I believe God put us in each others lives to fill that emptiness for each other as I lived 3 hours away from mine. She gave me great marital advise and my children visited them often and she was our very own prayer warrior. She encouraged me and my walk with the Lord and I’ll never forget her….Ozelle Hobgood was her name. A dear servant of Christ. What a blessing she was to me & my family.

  143. Megan May 8, 2020 at 3:01 pm #

    I think my role model is my Mom. She is always putting others first and she knows how to turn a bad situation around just by changing how you think about it. She has a faith in God that keeps her always talking to Him, and she keeps things running in our family.

  144. Kimberly Kau May 8, 2020 at 3:04 pm #

    The woman I admired the most for her love, wisdom, grace, courage, and wit is someone I knew and loved my entire life…my precious mom.

    She fought so valiantly in her battle with her terminal illness.
    Sadly, she passed away on January 7, 2020, so this Mother’s Day will be the first without her.

    I really miss her, and mourn her passing, but she will always remain with me, as my dear mom left a footprint on my heart that will last forever.

  145. Christa Schiffbauer May 8, 2020 at 3:07 pm #

    My favorite woman of God was my nutrition teacher at a Christian college Viola Lutz Snider. She always started her classes with a prayer and a devotional talk. She showed me how a good Christian woman should act in marriage and the work place. When her husband died of cancer and she needed some one to cook and keep an eye on her 90 year old Mom she let me stay in her home and work for room and board . If she had not done this I would have had to drop out of college and not be able to finish my teaching degree. When I called her after I graduated just to see how she was doing she asked me about a young man I was continuing to date that I had met at college. I was hoping to marry him but she knew he was not treating me right nor was he a good Christian even though he attended a Christian college. She talked to me straight even though it was hard for me to hear. I took her advice and am now very happily married to a Pastor. Viola and I continued to stay in touch until she passed away a few years ago. I will never forget what a wonderful Christian teacher and friend she was to me. I look forward to seeing her again in heaven. I miss her!

  146. Elsie May 8, 2020 at 4:26 pm #

    I met my mentor Liz Graham at church. She was the light spark that the Lord used to make my life more joyful and complete in Him. She was very much into the Charismatic movement at the time – this was in the seventies. She sent me books, we had lunch out,and I went to her house.She instilled in me how much the Lord loved me and loves us all. The whole experience lifted me up,brought me closer to the Lord and His Word. In the eighties we lost contact. I am not sure when it was ,but a friend did let me know when Liz went home with the Lord. If I remember correctly I found her daughter’s phone number and called her. Liz was always reaching out to me. I started sending books and cards to people who I would meet in Bible book stores and elsewhere and have lunch with them. Now I send cards that you mail,forward devotions on e-mail and face book. It takes one to truly care and reach out and than others will follow suit. Thanks for letting me remember her again. Happy Mother’s Day to you and to everyone.

  147. Lea Deisher May 8, 2020 at 4:30 pm #

    There have been many women who have influenced my life, Sunday School teachers, family friends, teachers, a neighbor, a polish princess, a whole group of older women from my church who made me a honorary member of their monthly lunch group, my grandmother, my daughters and some of their friends who are doing incredible things for the world and their own communities. The most recent of these a co-worker. Tho I only had the pleasure of working with her for 18 months or so, she was exactly what was needed for our church and for me during that time. She filled in at least 3 positions while with us, always rolling with the punches with much grace and a smile, always looking for ways to help others and never let her hands be idle. She was a great listener and would come up with the best bit of wisdom when you really needed it. Encourager, hard worker, fun loving, sharing, giving, even when a guest in my home or an event at work she would jump in and help. The most Spirit filled person I ever knew.

  148. Vickie Crews May 8, 2020 at 4:37 pm #

    Liz you have been an inspiration to me for many years. I have learned so much about women in the bible from you, and I am grateful!

    Happy Mother’s Day, Vickie

  149. Paula Moulds May 8, 2020 at 4:38 pm #

    I’ve had so many wonderful Christian women as role models for me…my adopted grandma Bowen, piano teacher Miss Mary, our pastor’s wife Mrs. Vice, and my S.S. teacher Mrs. Simmons!

    • Ellen Finnicum May 8, 2020 at 8:11 pm #

      The woman with the issue of blood has always touched my heart and inspired me. To have doctored for years with no answers…yet never gave up hope! Picturing her working her way through the crowd – knowing that if she could just touch even the hem of His garment…and Jesus immediately knowing that someone had touched Him. Power had gone out. Healing had happened. This account gives me such hope!

  150. Sue Nowicki May 8, 2020 at 4:48 pm #

    My mentor was Miss Emma Popp, who introduced Jesus to me when I was not quite 5. She was my children’s church teacher and a Child Evangelism Fellowship teacher, and she never stopped telling me about new insights into God until a month before her death at age 103 when I was 52. What a humble and faithful woman of God!

  151. Arleen Jacobson May 8, 2020 at 5:44 pm #

    My choir director when I was growing up in the church and singing in the choir was a very Godly woman! She was a great influence in my life. Wherever she went she would ask people if they knew Jesus. If they didn’t she would proceed to tell them about Him. I have tried to pattern my life after hers. I am not there yet but with God’s help I will make it.

  152. Cindy McRary May 8, 2020 at 5:58 pm #

    My role model has been my mother. A preacher’s wife, mother of two, volunteer for whatever was needed, and most of all a prayer warrior.

  153. Barbara Bublyk May 8, 2020 at 6:02 pm #

    I have two ladies who set me on my straight path – my sisters Marilyn and Patti. 44 years ago I fell away from the church and religion because of my priest who,because I had questions about Catholic doctrine, told me that God had condemned me to hell.
    I fell in love and married a man who, as it turned out, was an alcoholic and I felt trapped in a horrible marriage by the time I finally had the strength and support of my sister Marilyn and family and fled the marriage. It was at her encouragement that I returned to church and found Jesus waiting with open arms to welcome me home.
    My sisters are both strong Christians who showed me strength and helped me find my was. It has been through them that I have been able to voice my beliefs and begin ministering to both women and men.

  154. Connie May 8, 2020 at 6:13 pm #

    I’ve been blessed to have three women beyond my mother who took an interest in me at different times of my life:
    The first was Judy, who took me under her wing as a college student away from home for the first time and wanting to be a wild flower! She lovingly confronted my waywardness and guided me back into the fold.
    The second was Audrey, who now is courageously living her final earthly days, connected with me as a newly married wife and encouraged me to serve those around me as He did.
    The third was Jerrianne, who taught me and helped me to digest and love the Word of God for myself.
    God is soooooooo faithful and I am so thankful!

  155. Kathryn Montano May 8, 2020 at 7:38 pm #

    The pastor’s wife at my former church in the early 1970s. She was the ideal pastors wife. She was active in the church, stood with her husband by the door at the end of the service, and was a model of what a Christian wife is like.

  156. Tina Acree May 8, 2020 at 8:04 pm #

    When I think of a Godly role model many women come to mind, being raised in church, but I always come back to my mom. She was steadfast, taught me how to pray, how to be a servant to others, how to love others that weren’t lovely, how to encourage and how to be humble. She was a simple hard working mom, wife and selfless pastor’s wife. She loved her children, her garden and her God most of all. God always came first before us all. I didn’t always understand that as a young child and was at times jealous of the church people who loved her and often called her mom. But she is “My MOM” I would think. She had many sayings, one that has always stuck in my mind is don’t worry ” they can kill you but they can’t eat you” Why that made me feel strong I am not sure but even today and look at people and think do your worst, You may kill me but you can’t eat me!

  157. Jean May 8, 2020 at 8:22 pm #

    My daughter! She lives in Louisville! She is a good role model for her co-workers. She is a wonderful wife to her husband of 10 years. She is beautiful! I am so happy that God blessed me with Jill!

  158. Irene Talaasen May 8, 2020 at 8:35 pm #

    Wow! That is difficult to think of one woman of influence in my life. My Mom is one of the best……now in Heaven. Under tough circumstances , she believed, prayed and persevered in Faith!!! Many others in churches and bible studies along the way have blessed and encouraged me so much. And the bible woman I admire the most is Lydia. She was brave, smart and strong in the Lord!!!!

  159. Jennifer McCrory May 8, 2020 at 8:37 pm #

    I’ve always felt that Ruth was my role model.

  160. Beth Nagy May 8, 2020 at 10:02 pm #

    My mother was the woman who most influenced me. She encouraged, corrected and showed by example how to be a woman who loves the Lord. She didn’t preach it, she lived it. She made sure I was in church and Sunday School because she was there with me. She listened without judgment and corrected without demeaning.

  161. Susie May 8, 2020 at 11:15 pm #

    I didn’t have my mother very long, but as best I can remember, she was the quiet gentleness I want to be. As for heroines of Christ, Betsie and Corrie Ten Boom stand out to me. I think often of how Betsie said to Corrie “We have to travel the world and tell everyone that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still. They will believe us, because we have been here (Ravensbruck).” Betsie didn’t survive the death camp, but Corrie fulfilled that desire, and she did indeed go all over the world, spreading the message of God’s depth, and how underneath – no matter how deep the pit – are the everlasting arms of God.

  162. Antoinette May 8, 2020 at 11:29 pm #

    Anna Jean is my mother’s name. Since I’ve become an adult a while back, I’ve strived to follow her footsteps and replicate her golden influences. She did all she could in her lifetime, on a daily basis, for as long as I can ever remember, to: help, teach, love, care for, heal, feed, wash,and clean. All these, among many other beautiful qualities, along with her loving smile, her warm embrace, and her love always emanating to those who wanted and needed it. She did her best in following Jesus’ guidance in her life, and guided us to do the same. We miss her, but know she’s surrounded in God’s Love❤️

  163. Rose Davidson May 8, 2020 at 11:43 pm #

    A woman who served as a role model for me is my mother-in-love, my husband’s mother, Helen. She was a country preacher’s wife, bookkeeper, mother of three (one of whom lost his life on the mission field at age 31), and she was a joy giver. Without knowing it, she provided me with a vivid example of someone who: instead of shrinking back, moved forward; instead of focusing inward, reached out; instead of being fearful, was joyful; instead of focussing on strife, focussed on humor; instead of seeing imperfections, saw celebrations; instead of seeing problems, saw opportunities; instead of wallowing in bitterness, took her bundle to the cross, repeatedly, as needed; instead of living with emptiness, asked God to fill her cup…and let it overflow to others with love, joy, peace, and humor.

  164. Louise May 8, 2020 at 11:50 pm #

    My role model is Ruth, I love her story. She gave up her “everything “ to go with Naomi. She put all of her trust into a God she didn’t know but was willing to take a chance on.

  165. Ellen Johns May 9, 2020 at 12:04 am #

    I have several woman in my life were mentors. My English teacher Mrs. Record who was there when I needed her. My friend Elizabeth who had been there with me through good and bad. She has nurtured me in my Christian life. My mother whose has guided me in all I do. She has been a great friend who has taught me to be caring about other people. Has walked with me in my Christian walk.

  166. Ellen Johns May 9, 2020 at 12:12 am #

    I have several people who have been an influence in my life. My friend Elizabeth who has been with me through good and bad. has been a encourager to me.

  167. Chris Howard May 9, 2020 at 7:49 am #

    There are two older women in my church that were mentors to me without even realizing it. Ruth and Judy taught 2nd grade Sunday School for decades. The last few years of their ministry I was their classroom helper. Their love for the children and the Lord were so inspiring to me. Ruth was especially knowledgeable about the bible and an excellent teacher. I will always cherish those years I was privileged to serve with them.

  168. Jeana Fleck May 9, 2020 at 7:56 am #

    My best friends mother became my mother. I was without a mother in my life for many years but as a young adult when I gave my life to Christ he actually brought two wonderful women into my life. My best friend and her mother. I had the sister and mother that I never had and they mentored me and nurtured me throughout my Christian life. Mother has since gone home to be with the Lord but I still have my best friend my sister in the Lord who has so much of her mother in her and will continue to be the gift of God for the remainder of our life on this earth.

  169. Pam Abel May 9, 2020 at 8:36 am #

    My role model is my sister-in-law, Patricia. We lost her to cancer 3 years ago; however, through 2 reoccurrences and the third time of battling, she always knew she would have victory over this disease. She raised two children and served with my brother (a minister) with all of her heart and soul. She was kindness and goodness in it’s truest form. Her victory was exemplified in her peaceful resolution that when the end was near, she was still praising God for all he had done for her and given her. I miss her everyday, but always love the woman of faith she was as an example for us.

  170. Janet Zimmerman May 9, 2020 at 8:50 am #

    I would choose a woman named Lora, who in her early life served with her husband as overseas missionaries. They had to send their own children to boarding school back then, and I can’t imagine how difficult that must have been. I did not meet her until her retirement years, but she continued seeking ways to minister in the church and beyond the church–helping missionaries connect with and speak in local churches when on furlough. Lora herself would visit churches as a missionary advocate at her own expense well into her 70’s. She had a strong marriage based on Christ. Lora endured personal hardships and disappointments without complaint and with such grace, until God called her home in her mid-80’s. She was truly faithful to the end of this life, and would definitely be among God’s many good and faithful servants to hear His “well done.”

  171. Lisa May 9, 2020 at 9:02 am #

    My own mother has been a role model to me. I’ve also been blessed with women through books that have been “book mentors” to me: Susannah Wesley, Ruth Bell Graham, Sally Clarkson, and definitely Liz Curtis Higgs! I am blessed.

  172. Katy Kretzschmar May 9, 2020 at 9:03 am #

    There isn’t just one woman who has inspired me, but a village of women from all walks of life who have and continue to inspire me. My granny who took me to church. A great older lady at church who treated me like an equal and guided me as a younger woman (she’s with Jesus now and I miss her). My co-workers who encourage me on those days when overwhelming anxiety threatens my faith. Women like yourself,Liz, who study and write, inspire me to dig even deeper into God’s word. Making me hungry for more. And finally my bff, who I talk with frequently about our Lord and all the wonderful things He’s done and continues to do in my life and heart.

  173. Jacque Vogt May 9, 2020 at 9:31 am #

    At my desk is a list of women who have influenced my life. Each of them have given a little piece of themselves to me in showing me how to honor God in my role as a daughter, sister, wife, mom, friend. Some have gone on to be with Jesus and others, even though we do not see each other often, we talk via phone, text or email. I will always be so ever grateful for these women in my life. Thank YOU for your ministry to women. So grateful! Happy Mothers Day!

  174. Carole May 9, 2020 at 10:04 am #

    Marian and I had a 25 year friendship. She passed in 2006.
    She was like a sister, but 35 years older than I. We seemed to have so much in common.
    We both had farming back grounds. It was a joy to sit and listen to her many recollections of life on the farm growing up and with her husband Herb. We made a couple of visits to my brother’s farm at milking time.
    She had no children of her own. She was so interested in young people and prayed for many, many of them regularly.
    She had a wonderful way with numbers. Her mind was faster than a calculator. Additional gifts included being a Bible scholar with great conversations about a passage when I would visit her. We were both interested in Missions and Missionaries. We both corresponded and prayed for those we knew and had contact with. We made long trips
    together to retreats, teas and meetings to hear missionary speakers.
    We always brought peanuts and M&Ms for the long trips.
    We both liked to read and exchanged books for years. When her eye sight failed in her later years, I would read to her.
    One other thing we shared together was her favorite dried beef gravy with a hard boiled egg on toast. I would stir it up. We were both grateful and satisfied to share it together.
    I wrote after her passing that “I’m trusting that her memory will spur me on to support and work at those things we believed in and so enjoyed together.

  175. Debi Detroyer May 9, 2020 at 10:35 am #

    Thank You Liz, another wonderful reminder of what we was women are called to do. I’ve been so blessed by woman speakers such as yourself, Beth Moore and Rochelle Frazier. Not to mention some lady friends that love the Lord who I can freely talk with about our God. I did not grow up in a Christian home, we were catholic and I knew about God but did not have a personal relationship. My daughter and daughter in love are two people I admire for their walk with the Lord. Over 32 years as a believer I can go on and on. God has been so good to me in good times and bad.
    Happy Mother’s Day Liz, I’m so grateful for you!

  176. Teresa Cone May 9, 2020 at 10:50 am #

    My mother has been a huge inspiration to me both by the love and support she has shown me, and the way she handles everything by turning to God. As an adult she is both my mom and my friend, and I know that I can count on her no matter what happens. My biblical inspiration is Hannah because her story gives me hope and comfort.. I feel a kinship to her because I’ve always wanted a child but have never been able to have one. Her strength and perseverance remind me that I can be strong and that God knows what I want, but He also knows what I need and what His plans are for me.

  177. Laura Drerup May 9, 2020 at 11:23 am #

    Oh this was great to read! My spiritual mother is Vickie Haller. We moved to a house across the street & she invited me in for coffee & shared Christ with me. She has introduced more women (& men too) to The Lord than anyone that I personally know! She loves her Savior & loves to tell you about Him.

  178. Becky May 9, 2020 at 12:03 pm #

    My precious mother was, and still is from heaven, my Godly role model. Raising SIX girls by herself after my father died when I was 2 and my oldest sister still at home was 14, she took us to church (we walked!) every Sunday morning and night and every Wednesday night. I saw her read her Bible first thing every morning and last thing every night….E.V.E.R.Y night! She practiced what she preached and served her Lord D.A.I.L.Y! I pray every day to be more like her!

  179. Janice May 9, 2020 at 1:19 pm #

    I’ve been blessed by so many women my mother in particular. we had a beautiful relationship. very close all of my life and share a home after my father passed. She was just 58 years old and lived until she was 90. I miss her every day. But I’m unusual that my mother in law is a blessing that I never could have imagined!
    Firstly she thinks I’m the best thing that ever happened to her son. Not many women can say that! Lol!
    She is my pray warrior! I describe her with my fingers entwined saying she and God are like this! When we first met, second marriage for both my husband and I, I remember her holding my face and say to me, “I’m praying the shackles fall from his eyes and he sees what he’s got!”
    At that point I knew he was mine! Mom was praying!
    Both our moms said other than the bride and groom, THEY were the two most happiest people at our wedding 12 years ago . It’s a beautiful life and a beautiful story. I never
    Dreamed of having in laws so loving and incredibly supportive. I am truly blessed.

  180. Ann L Coker May 9, 2020 at 1:42 pm #

    My role model was Marietta Coleman, wife of Dr. Robert Coleman, professor at Asbury Theological Seminary when my husband was a new assistant professor there. Marietta invited me to join her and three other women for early morning prayer time once a week. We met in her basement and prayed for our families, for those who would one day marry our children. Marietta and I kept in touch through the years even when we moved to different cities. She knew my needs even when I could not voice them. The last time we met she served ice-cream and talked of old times. She and my husband were in the early stages of dementia, but still reaching out to others.

  181. Nora Pritchett May 9, 2020 at 1:46 pm #

    Liz, thanks for this opportunity to share my thoughts of a special woman that inspired me. I have to choose Miriam. At such an early age she was charged with the care of her brother, Moses and Aaron. I was charged at an even earlier age to take care of my brothers and sisters (8 of them). There was little time to find out who I really was or who I could become. Miriam showed me how to get past my fear, she establish herself as a wise woman, and to my surprise is the reason I dance. I have a graphic of her as she played the tambourine praising God after passing through the Red Sea. She led the women into the promised land. Over the past 22 years I been blessed to bring liturgical/asl dance to my church. I have watched girls grow up, praise God in dance and then another generation was there for me to teach and so on. At the age of 72, I still teach, mentor young girls and find new ways to get out of my comfort zone to do new things. Oh the questions I would ask Miriam…she started by pushing a basket into the Nile, she used her head to wisely offer her Mother as a nurse to the Princess. she was strong and I believe joyful because of song and dance and the way she loved God. She was protective, capable, brave—her life would take a lot of courage—she was enterprising. She was obedient and mature for her age-I read in an article that as a woman she could put ‘starch in their bones’ and encourage other women to be strong. From an early marriage then a divorce, I went from a customer service person to VP of a manufacturing company with no college degree. All along the way, I saw Miriam and her strength. But mostly…the dance, movement to show others how to praise unabashedly before God. What a woman she was. Lastly, I know her life was sometimes filled with sadness and it took a toll on her. But by reading her stories in the Bible, looking at the midrash of her life, seeing how God used her in so many ways, I created a role model that has served me well.

    Blessings

  182. Phyllis Burroughs May 9, 2020 at 1:56 pm #

    Hi Mrs. Liz,
    God has used many of His women in my life. I wrote a paper on “The Women God has Used in My Life and have been blessed to share it a number of times. One lady God brought into my life “Bea” God used to begin with as my councilor then as my best friend, soul mate, and mama. God used her to change my life. I was not a person anyone wanted anything to do with. I was mean. I had ask Jesus into my heart, but didn’t know how much faith I had to work up to be saved. She shared so much truth with me through scripture, and prayer. Gla. 2:20 KJV says, . . . “I live by the faith of the Son of God. . .”. It is His faith I depend on, not my own! This changed my life. What a relief to know I can rest in what He did. Bea and I have shared so much together. She went to be with Jesus 18 mos. ago. One of the last things she told me was this, “Never doubt in the darkness, what God has shown you in the light” I never will forget that. Praising God for her life. I praise God for you as well my friend. I love you.
    In Christ’s Service
    Phyllis

  183. Judy Drechsler May 9, 2020 at 3:01 pm #

    My role model was a beautiful woman called Sybil Sampson whom was a great woman of God, she is now with the Lord. When I 1st heard God speak to me Sybil was a woman at The Salvation Army Corp where I went to church to hear about God. She taught young peoples Bible Study, taught Sunday School & timbrel classes. I grew up in a non Christian abusive home & had never seen a Bible till I went to church, Sybil Sampson invited me to spend Sunday’s with her famiky. She became my spiritual Mum. In some ways she reminds me of Miriam Moses sister as she played tambourine & taught others to do so.
    I live in Australia & know you wont send me the book which I’d love to read but I wanted to tell you about Sybil Sampson any way. Praise God for woman like her.

  184. Cris-Annette Nicholas May 9, 2020 at 4:05 pm #

    The woman that I truly admire and that has an amazing impact on my life as a mentor and model, is my best friend of 25 years. What a tribute it would be to “present her” with this beautiful book for Mother’s Day, honoring her for her role as the amazing woman and Mom that she is, and the many ways that she has led by example showing and teaching me how to be a Mom to my own three children. Gail is always there for me, through thick and thin – through Post-partum Depression, calling her on the phone when I thought I was going to pull my hair out at the end of a really bad day, or calling to cry when my first baby had her first day of kindergarten and my youngest baby had his. She has prayed with me, encouraged me and even kicked me in the seat of the pants when I needed it. I can’t think of anyone in my life more deserving of being honored with this giveaway (well…. Other than my Mom and MIL, but you said one person). 😊.

    Thank you so much for this opportunity, Liz God Bless and Happy Mothers Day!

  185. MS Barb May 9, 2020 at 4:52 pm #

    My Grandmother taught my Junior Sunday School class, and taught lessons on the power of Christian habits:
    P – Pray daily
    R – Read the Bible daily
    O – give offerings & tithes
    F – how to fast
    I – Intercessory prayer
    T – Testify!

  186. Jonnelle Pippin (Paducah) May 9, 2020 at 4:55 pm #

    Oh Liz… from the time I heard you give your testimony in Dayton, Ohio… alphabetically… I’ve read, and read, and read your books. I have challenged most every group I teach… to start an alphabetical listing of the names of Jesus… “name above all names”… and what a blessing it has been to share over and over and over again… How just this has enriched my life and my Bible study! Thank you… Blessings to you, dear. And may God richly bless you till you ‘step into our Heavenly home…! Sending Love and Prayers, Jonnelle

  187. Missa Ortiz May 9, 2020 at 6:56 pm #

    When I was a freshman in college, I met a woman who would shape my life for years to come. She was a radio host and had just started dating my favorite college professor. She saw and ENCOURAGED my chutzpah… tenacity… and prayed that God would refine me so that those things could be used to His glory. She taught me to delight in who God made me to be as I delighted in Him. Her writings have caused me to laugh, to cry and to more fully know the God of the universe. Her love story gave me hope that my own dreams of a man who’d love me for me would appear in God’s time. Happy Mother’s Day to my favorite TADA Lady, Liz Curtis Higgs.

  188. Tracy May 9, 2020 at 6:58 pm #

    My most recent role model is one of my former bosses. She is a prayer warrior and has taught me how to boldly be His image bearer. She is burdened for womens’ hearts and tirelessly works to serve Him and others!

  189. Susan G. May 10, 2020 at 1:38 am #

    Oh there are so many wonderful role models…
    Well, besides wonderful you, I’d have to say Anna the Prophetess.
    She’s always intrigued me how she spent all those years at the temple in service to God. And was then blessed by God to be able to see the Messiah as a baby! Such a wonderful story!
    Thanks once again for this post Liz! There is no one I love to read more than you!
    Happy Mother’s Day!

  190. Loretta Kent May 10, 2020 at 6:27 am #

    My Mother is a wonderful role model in my life. She’s 90 years old and is strong, spiritual, physical, and mental. Spiritually, she always sending prayers up and encouraging her family and friends in the Lord, physically, she keeps busy moving, by this I mean, before the pandemic, she would workout at the gym every day, remember I said she’s 90 years old. So you asked, “how she gets to the gym? ” She is still driving. And mentally, if she is still driving, she is in her right mind, not getting lost. I love this strong role model. Mrs. Bernice Kent. Because of her, I learned to become strong in the Lord also. Thanks for letting me share my Mom with you.

  191. Kari Ringelberg May 10, 2020 at 11:15 am #

    So many women have been inspirations to me. From my selfless mom, my prayer partners and sisters in Christ, to speakers like you, Liz, who have guided my way to a closer relationship with my Savior. One in particular would be a gal from church, Sylvia, who lead a Bible study I was a part of when I lost my baby girl in a car accident we were in. She prayed with me and brought me an Amplified Bible that I still use and treasure today. She is inspiring to me always in the selfless ways she worships and shares herself at church and to her family. Sylvia was such a help in our adopting a girl from China with her experiences of adoption. I thank our heavenly Father for her often and love her so much. Praying this Mother’s day finds you healthy and safe, Liz, and celebrating you with family.

  192. Angie Stefanick May 10, 2020 at 11:24 am #

    I have to tell you about Cori. She started a Bad Girls of the Bible, bible study group. I was new to the church, had never read the bible, was hesitant to go, but went. One of my BEST DECISIONS EVER! Cori listens to God as to the message He wants us to hear. She does so much research for every meeting. She brings His word to life with so much feeling. She often gets overwhelmed and emotional, and takes us with her. She has brought us the bad girls, then the other women other of the bible, prophets, angels, the fruits of the spirit, and she even encouraged me to read Isaiah, so I could “help” her teach it. She didn’t need the help. She led us to the women’s conference at Springhill in Evart, MI (where you took off your wig). I’d never been to a women’s retreat. You were there and were amazing! She is very familiar with you, and your approaches are similar. I feel His love through both of you. She makes me want to know more about the bible, which I am working on reading. I grew up Catholic, and heard the stories every week, but didn’t really know them. Cori helps me to understand them, and brings them alive. When we were talking about the Holy Spirit, I stupidly didn’t know that He lives in me. Can you believe that? I had heard all my life about the Holy Spirit, but never really realized He was with me always. She gently explained all of it to me. I couldn’t wait for bible study every week-pre Covid19. I would be so bummed if I had to miss. Now we do zoom meetings to catch up. She and I continue to meet, 6 feet apart, just to keep up that connection. She has become such an important person in my life, friend, mentor, spiritual counselor. God has blessed me with Cori!

  193. [email protected] May 10, 2020 at 12:24 pm #

    Mom Bhem always has an encouraging word or though always kind and giving a listening ear she is light on the darkness a true model of aVidly woman

  194. mrsw May 10, 2020 at 12:57 pm #

    Congratulations on your new position. Happy Mother’s Day. You are greatly appreciated.

  195. Nancy May 12, 2020 at 6:55 pm #

    A sunday school teacher, Marge, picked me up as a teenager and made sure I got to church each week. An inspiration and prayer warrior!!!

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