Her dining room table was cluttered with ribbon, photo edges, paper, and a pile of memories. A dear friend has opened her home to ‘scrapbook our memories’ once a week. About 10 years ago, I was sitting at my table with my girls, where it was stacked with glue, crayons, juice boxes and leftover cookie crumbs. How life takes a turn but we are always making memories.
This small group consists of 4 women, 4 personalities, and 4 busy lives that are all walking in some new challenges and directions. We have kids the same age, new roles in the workforce and home, and to top it off, we are trying to age gracefully! We drink decaf coffee, laugh, cry, and smile at our photos and wonder where time went.
We come to the table with our memories, but we are making history. As women we need to build strong relationships with other women, let down our guard, and become Real! It is time to support each other, whether single or married, teens or in retirement. I love the story of Ruth and Naomi. It is one of my favorites found in the Bible. In the book of Ruth we found two women, two extreme ages, two nationalities, One God. What truly binds women close to each other is their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We have set our goals and our memories on Eternity and we move forward to make history.
Be a Listening Ear
For me, if I did not have Real women investing in my life, I am not sure how I would have reacted in some of life’s situations. These women believed in me, handed me tissue, told me I could do this, and gave me their time. Having a listening ear is a great gift to give to someone. As we use our ears, we are helping heal their hearts. It wasn’t so much the advice I received but it was the fact they cared. Ruth listened to Naomi in their new journey as they got settled and began a new life.
Be a Prayer Support
What a privilege and honor to be able to pray for each other. What comfort to know women are praying for me, and it is wonderful to intercede for others. We all need a prayer support during the busy lives of our households and careers. While Ruth was out working in the fields, I am sure Naomi was talking to God about their provisions and protection.
Be an Encourager
As the 4 of us sit at the table cluttered with mess, it gives us such an amazing opportunity to help bring order and perspective of the Sunday to Saturday days of our lives. We are making history. Two women, 1000’s of years ago did that for each other and made life-saving and redemptive history. When I put my paper memories in my album, I am really adding memories to my heart. When I invest in the lives of others as a listening ear, then pray for them and encourage them in their life, I am helping to make history. What a job description!
Look around and see who you can be a support to. Add memories to your heart and keep making history that is investing for Eternity.
Father God, thank you that You are in control. You are History. Thank you that you continue to want to make history through us. Help us to be sensitive to invest in other lives, create memories that glorify You each and every day. Amen.
Questions: How are you investing your life in other women? How have others invested in your life? What difference has it made in who you are today?
About the Author Linda Goodhand Rodgers
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