Do you want to “go beyond” in your spiritual journey? Well, we want to offer you the opportunity to do just that. You can join nationwide speaker, Bible teacher, and best-selling author Priscilla Shirer as she leads women to go beyond where they are to a new place on the journey at one of our Going Beyond events! Would you like to attend one of these events for FREE?
You will experience renewal and refreshment as Priscilla challenges you to abandon the everyday, ordinary life for a vibrant, soul-satisfying walk with Christ. Plus, Going Beyond offers more fuel for your journey with special musical guest Vicki Yohe and moving worship led by Alex Williams.
So, you want to know more about the FREE part? Here’s how: We’re sponsoring a blog contest called “Life Change. One Woman at a Time.” Simply respond to this post and tell us how your life has been changed by the influence of another Christian woman in your life or how God has used you to bring about life change – one woman at a time. We want to hear about how God has been working in women’s lives throughout this nation (and even the world). A team of us will review the posts and choose one of the submissions to offer a FREE pair of tickets to attend a Going Beyond event of her choice! Deadline for submission is Friday, January 16. I’ll announce the recipient of the FREE tickets on Monday, January 19.
Pray about your posts and then submit your comments to this essay contest “Life Change. One Woman at a Time.” By the way, we’re not judging grammar, essay construction, or any of that kind of stuff. We simply want to hear how God has been working in your lives. You don’t have to be a writer to make a submission. So, tell your friends. We want to hear from you. We’ll all be blessed by your posts.

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  1. I feel honored to even get to write this. I have had a rough childhood and never really had someone take a full on interest in ME. At the end of 2003 they were beginning a mentoring program at my church (which oddly enough, we are the only 2 who have stuck it out all these years). And on New Year’s Day 2004, I began a once a week mentoring with the most Godly woman I have ever met…Tammy. She is 20 years my senior, but my absolute best friend aside from my husband. She is the first person in my life who is 100% honest with me, no matter how much it might hurt me as long as it is for my betterment! In the last five years I have learned what it means to be a Godly wife even when you don’t want to or he doesn’t deserve it. I have learned what it means to be committed to God and His work for me in my local body even when I don’t want to or I feel that church doesn’t deserve it. I have learned what it means to tell brothers and sisters the truth even when I don’t want to or when I feel they don’t deserve it. I have learned what it means to truly forgive even when I don’t want to or when I feel they don’t deserve it. I have learned what it means to love the unlovley even when I don’t want to or when I feel they don’t deserve it. I have learned what it means to stop believing what I FEEL and starte trusting what GOD SAYS. And I have learned that thru the walk and talk of Tammy. And God has even given me opportunities to minister to her and I am so honored by that. Next to my relationship with God and my Hubby and kids, she is the most important person in my life. And God gave her to me. We have been thru some very tough times together, but she has been a conduit of God to help sharpen me and my dependence on God. She, thru her own trials, is showing me many attributes of the Proverbs 31 Woman. Bottome line is, she loves me and I love her. And God has interwoven our lives into the beautiful tapestry that will leave a legacy for my 2 children. They will have a better mother in their lives…my husband will have a better wife…my church will have a better servant…my friends will have more honest relationships with me…and My God will have a better soldier in me because of her! Thank you, Lord for being soveriegn and placing us together. Your ways are truly higher than mine!

  2. What a wonderful request… truly a neat thing to be able to post about!  Thank for the opportunity!
    I can’t narrow it down to one woman that has had the biggest impact on my life, so I’m going to explain how our gracious God has used several women to help mold and shape me. I wasn’t raised in a Christian home, but my sister and I still ended up coming to Him at an early age. In junior high a precious woman named Dean came into my life. She invited me to church and took me with her for the next few years. She became a strong pillar during a time in my life that was full of change, confusion, and heartache. To this day she remains a faithful friend full of compassion and honesty, and one with whom I come to in any state and know that I’ll receive love and prayers. She has always encouraged me in my walk with Christ, allowed me to ask questions, and supported me in the right decisions along this path.
    Two years ago I lost my mom to cancer. I went through a period of turning away from God and being angry at him for leaving me motherless at the age of 26. In the spring of last year I decided that the things I was doing were destructive and hurtful, and started attending church services again. On a whim, I decided to attend our Women’s Retreat (had never gone to one before). The message I heard was one that I’ll never forget. Despite the pain and loss of losing someone, it IS possible to recover, to accept it, and to come closer to God than ever before. Through that event, I met a woman that God has used time and time again to provide for me… along with MANY others! There are women that give me direction in different areas of my life, from mentor, friend to spiritual mom.
    What I’ve learned is that God will always provide for us. When we think we’re down and out, when He’s taken people (and things) from us that we depend on, He’ll use other people to draw us into His loving arms until we realize that He is all that we need. My mom was the person who knew me the best. She knew how to love me; she knew my quirks, and the story of me. No one can ever replace her in my life. But… He has used other Godly women to encourage me, support me, love me and hold me accountable. Each day since my mom has been gone He has provided for me! I’m constantly in awe at the way He places people directly in our path at the perfect moment. Precious Lord, I thank you for the beautiful and caring women you have so graciously blessed my life with. I thank you for the incredible ways you grant mercy to us and for us. My life is richer and fuller than I imagined it could be, and I humbly come before you with thanksgiving and praise for all that you are, and all that you do.

  3. I was so blessed to have godly parents. I grew up with them living out what a thriving exciting Christian life was. However, as I married and entered my “big girl” life, I just sort of got bored. Oh I never stopped reading my Bible, praying or going to church..The motions were all there but there was NO personal growth.
    It was 8 years ago this month that I was just 12 weeks away from having my second daughter. My oldest was 2, it was winter and I was about to pull my hair OUT. I will never forget our women’s ministry director Bekita,(also our Sunday School teacher’s wife) challenging us to get into the word in the new year. She asked me to come to the Tuesday morning Bible study that she facilitated. It was by some author named Beth Moore and the study was called “Jesus the One and Only”. She told me it would be about 11 weeks or so and that there was childcare. Ya’ll….I looked at the study workbook, the calender and thought to myself..”This study will take me right up to my due date….what a great way to make the time go by faster.” Oh.Boy. I was in for the ride of my life!
    Bekita had a passion for Jesus and His Word like I had not seen in a long time. I knew that if this woman with 5 children could spend time with the Lord, then I with 1 child could…she challenged, encouraged and pushed me when I needed it.
    About two years later we would take a road trip for her to speak at a retreat. I…well, it was the first time I led worship for a women’s retreat. It was so neat to experience that with her. I wouldn’t have wanted to experience that with anyone else. When God gives an opportunity to do that now, I always think of that first weekend in Indiana and the words of wisdom Bekita spoke to me during that time.
    God placed Bekita in my life at such a tender time. She makes me want to love Jesus more. I pray that God will see fit to use me in another woman’s life the way He used Bekita in mine.

  4. For the last three years God has had me praises him each day. I praise him by saying Forever praise Lord you are:(from Debbie Williams book pray with purpose pray with passion A-Z’S). I now have something to hold on to in light of Who He is… For example: Lord you are Almighty. In light of HIM being Almighty i am assured he is able to work mighty in whatever i am facing from day to day. This has transformed my inner-most being in all areas of my life.
    God has used this method as i pray for others also and reach out to them through his names, titles and descriptions of who He is in my prayers for those who i pray with.
    It brings so much hope to those who are discouraged in any way. It also comforts their hearts knowing God cares their every need.
    I was privilege to see Debbie Williams at a conference last year in Shellyville, Ky. I am so grateful for her teaching us about who God is in relation to His names. God has opened a new way for me to relate to Him in prayer and worship and ministries. Lord you are Wonderful. Thank you for pouring out your love to each one in different way wherever we are in our walk with you. In Jesus name i pray amen.

  5. In August 2006, I surrendered my life to Christ and just in time for the starting of new small groups! My friend (and mentor, whose name is Laura, not Beth) was leading a Beth Moore study, and well, Laura was about the only person I knew from church, so it was a given I would do her class. I really had no idea what I was in for, and it’s probably a good thing I didn’t, because I don’t think I’d ever have done the study! But, in August of 2006, I met one of the most of godly women I’ve ever met when I started Believing God. I finally met Beth Moore and thought she was the most precious woman ever (still do!). I got to hear stories about her love for God, her family, her heartaches, her Redeemer and how to believe God.
    There are so many beautiful traits Beth has that I find so endearing. What stands out the most is how God turned her ashes into a picture of beauty and how He gave her such a gift to teach all of us women how to love Him wholeheartedly. She could very easily be put way up high on a pedastal, but she tells you NOT to do that. I admire her so much and I think the world of her, but I pray that I give her the credit she deserves and glorify the One who gave it to her!
    In the last 2 1/2 years, I have gone from being so lost to being a small group leader! I’ve had an awesome and dear friend and mentor (Laura), and a wonderful godly teacher, Beth Moore, to help me grow in my relationship with Christ!
    Mama Beth (and her precious family), I love you so much (and I told you that at the Siesta Fiesta, even if you just knew my name b/c I had on a name tag, I’m believing that you & Amanda really knew my name, whether I had on a name tag or not!), and I thank you for listening to our Father and for using the painful childhood you’ve had to turn it into a true living proof ministry. Words really are inadequate to express to you what your teaching has meant to me and how life changing the lessons have been. Thank you for sharing your journey with me and teaching me all along the way. I didn’t ever realize such a godly woman could still be so stinking silly and FUN!!! Thank you for showing me how to a godly woman and still love life in a fun and loving sort of way.
    To the Moore family, the peeps at Living Proof Ministries and Lifeway, I can’t even begin to imagine how much work each of you invest into this ministry. I thank you for all your support and prayers and sacrifices that you’ve poured into the ministry to help touch so many lives. And to the Moore family, thank you so much for sharing your Mama with us and Amanda, thank you for the blog!!!!

  6. Sherri Smith says:

    Two summers ago, in August 2007, my daughter really wanted to go to Kidz Kamp. Kidz Kamp is the summer camp that the children in our church attend. My daughter was on 7 and neither of us was excited about the idea of her going alone, so I decided to sign up as a sponsor and we would both go. It had been years since I had been to a church camp so I really did not know what to expect. It turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Two other women, both what I would call casual friends from church up to that point, also went as sponsors that week. Over the course of the week, we sat up late into the night talking about what was going on in our own lives as mothers, wives, and friends, bonding over camp disasters and discussing where we felt we “fit” in our church. I came home from camp with a burden to minister to the women in our church because of the five days spent with these two women, Judy Falco and Ginia Bray. After returning from camp, I prayed about it for a while and then shared with my pastor that I felt God was leading me to start a Sunday School class for ladies in my church. We discussed some ideas, I researched it and continued to pray for God’s direction. I started the class with a handful of people that fall and we have grown to around 25 women in a little over a year. We have cried together, laughed together, grieved together and laughed so hard we cried and it has been a life-changing year for me and I believe it is and will change the life of many of the women in our class. Women who felt isolated before now feel like they are a part of a group and we are all maturing spiritually together as we bond together as a group. I have been blessed as the leader of this group as much or more than those in my class. I look back on that week of church camp with Judy and Ginia and I believe God put us all 3 there together for those 5 days. He had a plan in mind.

  7. There have been several women over the years who have had an influence on my life and christian walkbeginning with my mother who has always loved me unconditionaly but when I think of ones recently I would have to think of some of the young women whose blogs have followed this past year as they have given all the glory to God as they blessed them with precious babies to nuture for a short time on this earth before he took them home to be with them. One of these women happen to be a friend of my son and I knew her as a teenager in our church. Since then God has led me to a different church but he also led to her story in November 2007. It was such a joy to see how she and her husband who was also a friend of my son had grown in grace in the years since I had seen them. To see her family walk the path God put before them and to read her posting as they have walked the road of giving birth and losing their child after 56 days has had an overwhelming impact on my life. Some of you at lifesay and all access are probably familiar with her story as she was one of the eight who attending Deeper Still in Atlanta last year and whose story has been told on either this or the Deeper Still blog.

  8. What fun! A chance to brag on God and a friend!
    I accepted Jesus when I was 21. I was a mess, I was the kinda mess that caused people to talk, even in the small Baptist church. I like to tease a few of them now that 15 years has gone by, that while they wanted SINNERS to get saved, they didn’t have a good plan of what to do with them next!
    That’s where Eloise came in. I showed up at her door and asked, “Is this the Bible I need to start reading?” Not only did she say yes, she opened her door and invited me in.
    She invested in my life by studying the Bible together, helping me deal with past issues, giving me advice on being a wife and mother, but mostly, she showed me in the physical realm, what Jesus was doing in the spiritual realm:
    She loved on me and gave me hope that I could change!
    I’ll never forget one time when I had been trying so hard to put a certain sin to death. I was crying in her living room floor because I had done it again. She prayed with me, hugged me and said something that has stuck with me since, “you made it longer this time than last.”
    The reason it just stuck with me, is so much of the Christian walk is learning to walk it, and some days you walk further than you did the last time. Now I can say it has been 14 years since I fell back into that sin.
    I’m making it because of Christ and her investing in what at times looked like a lost cause!

  9. I wasn’t raised in a Christian home. It was actually one filled with dysfunction and conditional love. I knew in my heart that it was not right. But where could I go? I was just a kid. All throughout my life I would attend different VBS weeks held in my local town (yes, I was a bus kid). Something I believe that the Holy Spirit used in my life as I was growing up. When I was in middle school, I had a crush on a boy that went to the big 1st Baptist church….I decided to take up Sunday School and church. Most of the kids in my friend group went there anyway so I would certainly have friendships there. I did. But what I found there was more than cute boys and friends. I found my Lord Jesus. My life has never been the same since.
    I grew up……met and married a policeman (who grew up a PK) had 3 sweet babies…..and watched with a proud heart as my husband surrendered to the ministry.
    The woman God has used in my life to influence me in my walk with God can’t be narrowed down to one. There have been several women that have touched me and caused me to reflect on who and what I want to be in the Kingdom of Christ. At seminary, God used precious wives of those who’ve gone before me in ministry (professor wives). They were not only wise in their teachings of what was expected of the wife of a pastor….but they were incredibly passionate and real followers of Christ. It only made me want to know Him more and to please Him more with my part in serving Him.
    I learned so much from them. One of the most important being to study God’s word for myself. I felt intimidated by other ministry wives….and realized that I had the power to grow and know Him just like they did.
    So, there I began to do just that. Another thing they taught me was to be ME. So often I would compare myself (I know this is common) to other ministry wives and think…I stink! I fail! I’m not good enough! I’ll never be like______! They lovingly encouraged me to be the best me. That was amazing to learn. My ministry is different than theirs. God knows just what He’s doing and who He needs to do it with.
    I am a forever grateful recipient of some precious mentoring by some very dedicated professor wives at Florida Baptist College!
    NOTE: Never underestimate the power of a bus ministry. Who knew that a little kid in a random neighborhood being picked up with all the other kids would someday be a minister’s wife? I always smile when I see church buses! I have a special place in my heart for them. And professor’s wives!

  10. Well, my life has been changed by many women, and Christian women at that. But the biggest change in the most recent years was my husband coming to Christ, which I feel I played a part in. We just gotten married and a month later my mom passed away. That is when I really wanted to feel closer to the Lord, really put my heart with him. We started going to church when my husband decided that he wanted to explore his childhood religion, which is a religion I don’t believe in, nor do I want to be a part of. This was really tough on our marriage, it made us doubt our love for each other because we had no idea what direction to take from there.
    I prayed and prayed, he continued to go to church with me, I continued to tell him why I believe what I believe, why the religions are different, why our son (who had just been conceived) needed a stable home full of God and two parents that shared the same belief to bring him up in.
    There was turmoil, tears, too much silence, but a lot of prayer and begging of God to guide me.
    My husband was baptized last year… and it was one of the happiest days I’ve had! How amazing that God worked through me and through him to bring us together as one. So, athough this isn’t about a woman that has touched my life (and like I said, there are many) I do feel that God worked through me for my marriage and my family.

  11. My mom and dad did not go to church when I was growing up, so my exposure to Jesus was very limited. However, when I was about 6 years old my great-grandmother came to live with us. She kept us while my mom worked. She slept on the couch in our living room. There was a balcony near my bedroom door. Sometimes I would sneak outside my bedroom and peer over the balcony at night time into the living room where she lay. She read her Bible by the light of a lamp every night. She shared with me a few stories but mostly she made an impression on me by how faithful she was in reading her Bible. She was an amazing woman of God. She passed away when I was 15 long before I realized the impact she had on my life. I can’t wait to see her again in heaven and hug her neck and tell her thank you for being a model to follow. I am now the wife of a Youth Pastor and am involved in youth and children’s ministries at our church.

  12. I REMEMBER HER NAME
    by Dori Cook
    She was more than a Sunday School teacher…
    She was a friend, an encourager and a prayer warrior. With all the obvious pressures of being a Pastor’s wife, she took the time to be a spiritual mother to a group of misfit teenage girls. We all had different backgrounds, personalities and problems and yet she met each of us at the point of our need. She encouraged us to rise above life’s circumstances and reach for all that God has for His beloved children. We were “Chosen Vessels,” she said. She made us each feel unique, special and loved, something deeply treasured by God.
    I remember her Bible. It was blue and its pages lined in silver. It was worn from the time she spent reading the words of the Lord she loved so much. I remember the scriptures she taught us…
    “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5&6)
    “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My name.” (John 15:16)
    I remember her tears. She cried as she read God’s Word. She cried as she sang His songs. She cried when she shared the failures and victories of her own spiritual journey to the heart of God. She cried with us when we walked through tough circumstances.
    I remember her commitment to praying for us. She went to bed early and awoke early, always meeting her Lord in the big winged back chair in her living room. Our names were there; not only on her prayer list but on her lips as she lifted up her petitions to God. When she told me that she had mentioned my name to the Lord, I was confident that she had.
    I remember her mothering all of us as if we were her own. I recall learning that being a mother to someone reaches far beyond the biological to the spiritual. It’s a calling of God, a mission field, and she fulfilled her mission time and time again. The fruits of her labor are visible in the lives of the girls she mentored all those years ago. We are godly wives and mothers. Some of us are Bible teachers, Christian musicians and writers. All of us are part of the Kingdom of God because she took the time to help us on our way.
    I wondered if my children would ever have someone like her in their life; someone who would share Christ with them, not out of obligation but out of a calling. I prayed that I could be a godly mother to my own children, but also take the time to plant spiritual seeds in the lives of the other children God places within my circle of influence. I asked Him to make me more like her; one who would look beyond the outward and see what God sees when He looks at His special creations.
    I remember her name. I call her “Miss Nancy” and my life is forever changed because of her.

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