Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,Hebrews 12:1
This scripture reminds me of my younger days, cheering on the team of whatever season it was. From the time I was small, we rushed about on Friday nights to get to the ballgame. It was just part of life. My brother was 5 years my senior. So, of course, we cheered him on often as well as our favorite teams.
More importantly, this scripture follows the great Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 which lists many of the great men and women of God that have gone on before. They lived great lives as an example for us. And there have been many more since that we could add to the list.
Who are you following?
I’ve been thinking lately of the women in my life who have lived godly lives. They left examples for me to follow.
- Elaine, my mother, demonstrated motherhood, a good marriage, and hospitality.
- Ruth, Leona, Birdie – my grandmothers who were godly servants. Women I wanted to be just like.
- Miss Gale – a Sunday School teacher who prayed the sinner’s prayer with me and encouraged me to be confident in my faith.
- The Hesses, missionaries to Haiti
- Evelyn – a neighboring farmer’s wife who taught me homemaking skills through 4-H.
- Mrs. Crouse – a university professor who taught me the importance of health and godliness.
- Mrs. Charlotte – my pastor’s wife who lives a life of joy and how to be the perfect pastor’s wife. (She introduced me to my husband!)
- And so many other church ladies who displayed godliness in their own ways. There were other women that I missed getting to know as well.
- Women whose works I am reading now such as Lysa Terkhurst & Susie Larson
Women I Read About
How many women are there whom I wish that I could know, or at least sit down for a few hours with a cup of coffee and pick their brains?
- Susannah Wesley – my greatest hero
- Susannah Spurgeon
- Joni Eareckson
- Corrie Ten Boom
- Hannah, Esther, Mary, and other Bible Women
The woman who really challenged me the most has to be Elisabeth Elliot. I first read her words in my early twenties. I thought she was a little too strict for me. No one needed to live that holy of a life. However, by the end of the book, I was dumbfounded and a great believer in what she had to say.
I regret not taking her words to heart sooner in my life. I am thankful that God protected me from a lot of mistakes I could have made along the way. Looking back, I see how immature I really was.
Becoming Elisabeth Elliot
I recently picked up a new biography of Elisabeth Elliot by Ellen Vaughn. Oh, how I have been soaking up the words. Still, pricked in the heart by the commitment of a young college girl, but knowing it is never too late to become a godly woman. Indeed,
Those who Guided Elisabeth
Ellen Vaughn has helped me know Elisabeth better by introducing me to the women who impacted Elisabeth’s life. This book is not just a biography of Elisabeth but also a glimpse into the lives of many other amazing men and women. Here are a few just to pique your interest…
- her own parents, Thomas and Katherine Howard
- Amy Carmichael
- Betty Scott Stam, a martyred family friend, and missionary
- Katherine Morgan, an “icon of what a missionary should be”
- and, of course, her dear husband Jim Elliot
She was fortunate to meet and know some wonderfully godly men and women, but she also soaked up the words of earlier greats such as Deitrich Bonheoffer & Jonathan Edwards.
The Challenge to be a Godly Woman
And so, I now am considering the people that have impacted my life for good. What have a learned from them and what can I still learn from them? Are there women still living that I need to be spending time with and soaking up wisdom and spirituality?
Journaling May Help
Ellen was able to discern a lot about who Elisabeth learned from because Elisabeth had journaled nearly all her life. I was often encouraged to journal but never stuck to it. Thus, I am now trying to catch up and remember all the events in my life. What things had importance to me? Did those things matter and how did it make me the woman of God I am today?
Where are you on this road toward godliness? Are you the woman of God whom you desire to be? the woman God wants you to be? I believe this book Becoming Elisabeth Elliot may help you on your journey.
Let’s Encourage One Another Toward Godliness,
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Pastor’s Wife (retired) & Chronic Pain Warrior blogs about how to make it through anything by relating her own life experiences to her writing. She is passionate about her love for the Lord and desires to spread that passion to others. She has a great desire to encourage women who are following behind her.