Last December, some friends of ours asked if Mom would consider leading a mother/daughter Bible study. As Mom developed the material for the Bible study and started leading it, the Lord also began making it evident to Dad and Mom that this was to be Mom’s next book, which was eventually titled Sweet Journey.
As a surprise and to express their gratefulness to Mom for all she invested in the Bible study, Mrs. C. and her girls made a beautiful quilt. Each of us in the Bible study wrote out a Scripture verse on muslin fabric that was meaningful to us or that we had memorized during the study, on squares, that were placed throughout the quilt. Those squares were then stitched into the quilt. The center blocks were Titus 2:3, 4, and 5. In addition, several of Mom’s favorite verses were also written out and placed into the quilt.
It was with great excitement the gift was given to Mom before Bible study one Wednesday in September. Mom was surprised, thrilled, and overwhelmed at the labor of love expressed by the quilt.
Each one of us in the Bible study has been blessed by Sweet Journey. The Lord has used this study in our lives to change us and draw us closer to Him. The testimonies we are receiving from those who are reading the book bring us to near tears as ladies share what the Lord is doing in their lives.
My mom has walked an amazing path, from being a depressed mom with three children who could hardly wait for us all to be in school and who certainly wasn’t considering having more than three, to being a joyful mom of eight children. By the time she finishes homeschooling, she will have homeschooled for thirty years. In the education arena, she would have received a nice retirement!
The Lord has used Mom to share with ladies across the world. She has been there in the trenches, and she knows what it’s like.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).