Growing Up


Welcome to the Wayside Chapel Women’s Blog, Women of the Word. It is a pleasure to share this blog site with two gifted writers, Monet Lessner and Rebecca Neathery. And, I look forward to spending time with each of you in the coming weeks and months.

Growing up, I spent several weeks each summer with my grandparents on their farm. There were plenty of cats and dogs, and they raised goats and chickens. My grandpa planted a huge garden each spring and running up and down the rows of corn brought hours of childish delight. I always had chores to do such as gathering fresh eggs, helping pick vegetables in the garden, and mowing the lawn around the big white farmhouse. I certainly have fond memories of my summers. However, I gleaned so much more than childhood memories of fun on the farm.

My grandparents passed along a rich spiritual legacy to me. I’m not really sure they knew I was watching them or paying attention. (After all, I was only a little girl.) Each morning, Grandpa would get up early and he could be found sitting in his chair, with the reading lamp turned on, and his Bible on his lap. My Grammy would join him in the living room, and sitting in her chair, she would also open the pages of her well used Bible. Every once in a while, I’d come down the stairs and find one of them (or both of them) on their knees in front of their chair. Prayer was a daily part of their lives – morning, mealtime, and bedtime.

On numerous occasions I would climb up into one of their chairs and carefully pick up one of the Bibles. I would open the Bible and look at the marked verses, sermon notes entered in the margins, and read their short prayers to the Lord. I wanted to know the Bible verses and understand these passages in the same way Grandpa and Grammy did. Their daily life practice drew my heart toward God’s written Word and the desire to know Jesus as my Savior.

Lois Evans has written a book, Seasons of a Woman’s Life. And she writes,

Our first priority as women is to maintain a vital personal relationship with God. Proverbs 31:30 says, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” This “fear” is awe-filled respect that flows out of an ongoing relationship with God. Our jobs, careers, and degrees must never overrule our daily intimacy and interaction with our Savior. An ongoing awareness of His Presence and a devotion to His Word will give us stability, confidence, and direction as we pursue the various ministries God calls us into during each season of our lives (p. 16, Moody Publishers, 2001).

The verses in Psalm 1:2, 3 state, “They delight in the law of the Lord meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit in its season.” The roots of a tree grow in search of water and when the roots go deep into the soil, the tree is strong, vibrant, and alive. God calls us to delight in His Word and meditate on it throughout each day.

Monet, Rebecca, and I would like to invite you to participate in the Bible reading with other women at Wayside Chapel each month. If you haven’t started reading Psalms, please join us now (it’s not too late to start). It is our desire to delight in God’s Word each day, meditate on it, and bear fruit for His glory in every season.  Click here for the Psalms Reading Schedule.

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