Today’s guest blogger is Shirley Moses . She is an author, Women’s Ministry Team Advisor at Hagerman Baptist Church in Sherman, Texas, and the Women’s Ministry Consultant Women’s Ministry Consultant, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. She also serves currently as a .LifeWay Ministry Multiplier, helping us train women’s ministry leaders across the country. Shirley contributed to our leadership book, Transformed Lives: Taking Women’s Ministry to the Next Level. She is also co-author of Heart Friends: Beginning and Maintaining a Small Accountability Group.
Here Shirley shares with us about building relationships that we can journey with throughout the our ministry on this earth.
There are a few years’ difference between Sue and me. Sue was a young Christian longing to live her life for our Lord. When I met her, she was going through the illness of her husband. He had cancer. One night about midnight, Sue called and asked if I could come to her house. She said her husband was not breathing well (by this time, the doctors had told Sue that it was just a matter of days). As I entered the room, I could tell that indeed, Sue’s husband was having trouble breathing. Later that night, he went to be with our Lord.
From that point forward, Sue became a big part of my life. I knew God had called me to journey with her. I’m reminded of a verse in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received form God. I was to be Sue’s comfort. I had not lost my husband with cancer, but I had lost my mother to this terrible disease.
Sue was like a sponge. She soaked up everything we talked about. I want to share just a few of the things that Sue needed to learn about her Lord at this time in her life.
1. God has a wonderful plan for each of His children, but sometimes, it is accompanied with great sorrow. John 10:10
2. God’s love will be with us in all that this life will bring us. Isaiah 54:10
3. God’s love makes us complete. 1 John 4:16-17
Sue and I have been walking together, now, for about 2 years. We often share teachable moments together. God is good. Sue has, for sure, grown in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus, and she is learning to pass along this knowledge to others God brings into her life. Sue now leads the women’s ministry at my home church.
What a marvelous plan God has worked out for us to follow together. Make no mistake…this plan includes you. Now I would ask you – Who are you investing your life in?