November 21, 2005

Mentoring

This post is about my Mother -in-law (or Mother-in-love) as she likes to say it. I don't know about you but I am grateful to have a MIL who is an amazing woman, who loves the Lord, and who cherishes her family. My MIL is a spiritual warrior, a woman who has dedicated her entire life to serving the Lord and serving others. She was raised in a family of spirit-filled believers who gave their Lord everything. Her parents and grandparents were Salvationists (they were Officers in the Salvation Army). She married my FIL who also came from a heritage of Salvationists. My husband grew up a child of missionaries and lived all over the United States and in Puerto Rico.

Daisy Hepburn

I think about her often because she has made a huge impact on my life. It is hard to explain really but I would say that she has lived her life before me as an example of what a spiritually mature, Godly woman, should look like, act like, and live like. She has a powerful presence and always a word of wisdom to share with any one she meets.

When I first met her, I was so intimidated by her presence. After all, she and her husband were serving the Lord and had done so for years. I felt inadequate in my spiritual walk and in my knowledge of the Bible. I felt unsure and unsteady and worried that I would say or do the wrong thing. But in those early years, my IL were supportive and encouraging of my spiritual growth. They wanted to know what I thought, what I learned, and always encouraged me to learn more, delve deeper, get involved, and love the Lord.

We have spent the past 23 years together and it has been a long road and at times a difficult journey. My dh and I have lived near by for most of the time and have spent many, many hours in fellowship and bible study, listening and learning from both my MIL and FIL. It is a blessing to be able to sit and learn from people who have walked the road before you and who can share with you positive and encouraging stories of their faithfulness and that of others they know.

My IL live near us now and we cherish the times we spend together. They are still very active in ministry and as a result we do not see them as often as we would like. They continue to serve the Lord and travel often to preach the Good news to groups around the country. It is exciting to see how the Lord is using them in this time of their life. My MIL has written many books and bible studies and two years ago I had the priveledge of helping her write her most recent book, "We're Having the Time of our Lives." This little book (self-published) tells the story of my IL past 10 years and shares the trials and triumphs of living with a disability (my FIL suffered a masssive stroke that left him disabled, almost blind and partly paralyzed). It is an encouraging story of living life day by day and learning to adapt to a change of plans and a change of focus.

If you would like to read a copy of her story, you can order on from her website DaisyHepburn.com. Her books are still available through Amazon and other used sources - just google on Daisy Hepburn to learn more.

Ps. Today is my MIL's birthday! Happy Birthday, Mom!

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