In addition to my husband’s grandmother, probably the most influential woman of faith for me has been my mother in law who, from the very beginning of my courtship with my husband, encouraged me in the Word and in prayer and in reading “good things” (think Titus2) and hearing good teachings. She invested greatly in my walk with God — through books and cassette tapes, magazines and annual women’s retreats, she invested in me. She loved me and blessed when I’m sure I was not evidencing a strong walk of faith. She taught me a lot about unconditional love (in action!).
An exemplary woman of faith — an honourable woman of virtue — was Elisabeth Elliot. Through her radio programs, books and publications and an opportunity to hear her at a women’s retreat,
Elisabeth Elliot was greatly inspirational to me as a wife and homemaker – and later as a sometimes-retreat-speaker myself. It was her inspiration that was part of what prompted me to teach or, rather, to simply share with women, what the Lord had done for me and to attempt to encourage others what the Lord says in His Word to us women/wives/mothers. A poem she quoted ( Do the Next Thing ) instructed me greatly as a wife and mother. To personalize it, I say: “Do The Next Right Thing” as sometimes, as simply doing the next thing wasn’t the very best thing to be doing at the time. I often consider that we might choose “good things” to do– thinking they are the next thing, but actually, good things are often the enemy of best things.
Especially given to depression, I have highly valued Elisabeth Elliot’s wisdom and instruction — and have so often brought to mind and have applied what she taught. And, as a mother-in-law, her words continue to ring in my ears. Recently, I came across this page… you’ll be blessed by these words too, regardless where you are in the mothering of children. These are keepers to reflect on daily or tuck away for future days!!
Another of the “most honourable women” I’ve most appreciated through the years (and, believe me, I haven’t listened to her programs daily nor have I been able to all of her website articles or books — there is a lifetime of information and encouragement there for you) is Nancy Leigh DeMoss — Now, recently married, Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth. She has a very long, steady, faithful track record — I’ve come to search out and value these traits more highly as the years pass having witnessed that many of the once-faithful have waned, the once-honourable have succumbed to the lures and trappings of the world, and once-vibrant ministries have come and gone. I’m blessed and encouraged every time I run across an article, listen to a podcast, see a video presentation, or read a book Nancy’s written. As women in ministry become like silly women ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth [and draw others away in their silliness], it’s all the more important to examine the teachings, weigh them properly and carefully — to be as the Bereans, as it were, searching the Scriptures and applying them to whatever’s being taught/spoken/written to see whether what’s being taught is sound doctrine or a subtle blend of vain philosophy and spiritual tickling of the ears. I sincerely implore you to Please be wise in your reading and listening.
- “Housewife Theologian” Aimee Byrd, in my estimation, is a solid, well grounded writer/teacher. Here is an example of her conclusions to an extremely important (and, yes, occasionally volatile) topic: Complimentarianism.
- Women “teachers” — Women Teaching Men – How Far Is Too Far? I think Mary Kassian’s conclusions are carefully researched, doctrinally sound and well written.
- A Woman That Fears The Lord — Georgene’s encouraging site for Christian women. You’ll be blessed!
- Renewing Housewives Jennifer offers so much inspiration to be an excellent wife and
homemaker. From a conservative, complementarian, home-schooling, keeper-at-home
- I Take Joy Sally Clarkson
- Practical Theology for Women – Wendy provides theologically sound commentaries and
practical answers to a variety of topics pertinent to Christian women today.
More will be added soon… time’s limited 🙂Pin It