Have you ever had a mentor, someone special who has come alongside you and guided you in your Christian walk? I have been blessed with two such women in my life and I thank God for them every day.
Donna Baker came into my life way back in 1995 and although we have lived hundreds of miles apart at times, every time we get together it’s as if we just saw each other the day before.
Patricia Knight is my far-away friend whom I met online in 2003. Although Pat and I have never met in person, we share such a strong love for the Lord that our bond of friendship has strengthened immeasurably over the years.
Donna and Pat may not live nearby but they constantly live in my heart. Each of these special women has blessed me not only with the gift of friendship but also with their fully alive love for their Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.
This is how I picture the three of us celebrating when we are together in heaven one day. And what a wonderfully blessed time that will be!
Both Donna and Pat have experienced their share of heartache, misery and pain. Haven’t we all? But Donna and Pat have both shown me how to live joyful lives—in spite of their circumstances—because of their utter dependence on God and their belief that He always knows best. They daily show their love for and trust in God, and completely rely on Him to lead as they travel both the mountains and valleys in their lives.
Not surprisingly, Donna and Pat both love immersing themselves in the Word. Donna is the one whose example I followed all those years ago when my faith was greatly tested in the wake of two years of devastating events in my life. She was the one I turned to as I rededicated my life to the Lord and then was baptized. I had never done a Bible study before, but I followed Donna’s example and threw myself wholeheartedly into Bible reading and study. I have always been thankful for her patient guidance and sound Biblical knowledge.
Pat and I met online when we both wrote devotionals for the same ministry. I wrote to her one day to let her know how much one of her devotionals had touched me. That email led to tons of others, and even though we have never met in person, next year we will celebrate 10 years of our long-distance relationship. We have spoken by phone a few times but our daily lives don’t mesh well enough to make it possible very often. We live on opposite sides of the country so there is that 2-3 hour time difference. We also each endure chronic pain illnesses so our awake times are very different. Even though Pat lives with extreme pain most of the time, her constant encouragement and thoroughly trusting dependence on the Lord have shown me how to live joyfully no matter how I feel.
A couple of weeks ago Donna shared one of her Bible study assignments with me and I immediately knew I had to share it with all of you. So starting next week, for the next six Thankful Thursdays, I will be posting on her John 13 teaching.
Pat is the author of two devotional books, Pure Joy and REJOICE! She has graciously agreed to allow me to share some devotionals from both of these books with you, so I’ll be posting several of those treasures on Treasure Tuesdays here over the next few months.
Thank you, Donna and Pat, for allowing me to share your heart here. I don’t think either of you knows how special you are to me!
Beloved, I know you’ll be blessed by what these faithful women have written as much as I have been, so let me ask you again: