Today’s devotion is provided by Lara. For the past 15 years, Lara has worked in high-level governmental communications but has also had a call to ministry, and will be entering Dallas Theological Seminary this fall. She met Pearls of Promise Founder Lisa Burkhardt Worley when they worked together in public relations at San Antonio International Airport. When Lara came to the airport, she was going through a very difficult stretch, as her mother was terminally ill. It was during that time that God put together a very special relationship that will last a lifetime!
Miracles happen every day. I’m one and you are one too. We are born and the God who created us knows what each day will look like until we return to Him. During these days on earth, He sends others into our lives to help shape and mold us into the person He intended us to be.
For me, the person I call my spiritual mother, responded to her pastor’s challenge to “…fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you” (NLT 2 Tim 1:6), and share her faith with a new person. So she did at work. She was then my boss, and now Lisa Burkhardt-Worley is my spiritual mother whom I love and am so grateful to for her faithfulness and obedience. Over the past 13 years, she has taught me about the Father’s Love.
The Father’s Love can be shown in so many ways, and being a mentor to a younger person is something I highly support. Recently, I was invited to my Pastor’s home in Aledo, Texas to celebrate the church’s pairings of mentors and mentees who meet each month to share life and discuss our faith walk. Lynn, the pastor’s wife, made us all lunch and then we sat and shared what this fellowship has done in our lives.
My church mentor, Kathryn, is also a great Godly woman of faith who left her home in Chicago to plant a church in Texas in the 1970s where she met her husband. Now they have five children and mentor many more people at our church in Fort Worth.
This Mother’s Day in addition to celebrating the birth mothers in our lives, I’d like to give a shout out to all those women who show the Father’s Love in such a meaningful way by encouraging another spiritual daughter, and most likely changing her life for the better. This is a miracle because those seeds of love, time, and attention will sprout miraculous fruit in both ladies’ lives.
We know; we’ve seen it! I don’t even want to know or imagine what my life would look like had Lisa not put herself out there and shared her faith in Jesus and encourage me to begin my own journey. Over the years she has watched me grow and stumble, and just like a mother, has been there to cheer me on. I hope that she realizes how truly blessed I am to have her.
Would you think about that person in your life who you know is feebly stepping one foot in front of the other trying to make it Home? Would you maybe reach out and just spend a little time showing that person that you care, and encourage them to push in and press in to the Father? I’ll do the same. Only by the Grace of God and his miraculous love would I be able to offer this to another person. What a gift!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful women who give life in so many ways! Bless you.