Will you walk with me?
When someone says these words to you, what are your immediate thoughts?
It may be a leisurely walk just to spend time together in laughter and conversation. It may be a walk together with a healthy objective in mind. But the most important walk is the one that you can ask a friend to take with you when you need someone to listen. There are times when we need to know someone is there to hear our deepest concerns.
When I am tired and weak, when I am confused, when I just need someone to talk to, will you walk with me?
When I am excited over a new direction in my life, can I share it with you? When I need someone to pray with me, are you interested in walking, talking and praying?
When I do not know which direction to take, will you walk a while with me and lend an listening ear?
Will you walk with me and remind me that I never walk alone? For as a woman of faith, I know Christ is with me, but there are times when two together affirming His promises is comforting.
Whether the sun is brightly shining in my life, or if it is the darkest night, will you walk with me?
Who are we?
We are all just ordinary women struggling through the phases of this life. You may be a teen dealing with peer pressure, social media influence and the distorted thinking of this present world.
Maybe you are a mother dealing with juggling work, family and time for yourself OR an older woman who feels as if she is missing something in this life that God has intended for her to accomplish for Him.
No matter where you are in your walk of life...come walk with me for a bit.
Allow me to walk down memory lane for a few paragraphs.
My father was a graduate of Julliard School of Music and his first love was the piano. As a child, I remember him dressing up like a penguin in his tux and going off to play with the symphony orchestra. So you would think that it would only be logical that all three of his children could play the piano with ease, correct? Not a chance. None of us dedicated any time to practice and my high point was learning to play "Till There Was You" by Paul McCartney. For those of you who are not old enough to know the song... take a listen.
Well that brought a smile to my face! Enough of that, now back to the post.
As my own daughter began to show interest in the piano, my father, now quite elderly, was excited to teach her. She began with finger exercise practice lessons, learned to read music and was progressing well. When my father passed away she wanted to continue with what her grandfather had begun.
As I searched for a local teacher there was none to be found. Then one week it appeared; an ad in the local newspaper from a woman who just moved into town. Perfect.
As Mia began to work with Sara weekly, it was obvious that she also was working with me. You see, she was a spiritually mature woman of faith who took her role of being HIS woman of faith seriously; and she was weaving lessons into my life also.
For the next few years she walked along with me in my life as a sister in Christ. She taught me how to share my faith, how to weave my faith into every conversation, how to stand firm in the face of difficulty and to pray with passion. I know without a doubt that God placed her on my path to walk with me as I grew spiritually. What a teacher!
Over the years, God has blessed me with women who were willing to walk with me, and then there are the many women who I also have eagerly desired to come along side strengthening them. From different circumstances and backgrounds, we overcome our shortcomings and past circumstances when we walk together with our "feet fitted with the readiness that comes with the gospel of peace." Ephesians 6:15.
Lonely women, women in difficult marriages, young women living with a dysfunctional family life, the single mother struggling to hold it all together, women with a spouse who is battling addiction, a teenager who feels hopeless and alone, even women that you may know from television have crossed my path. They search for their footing in God and cross the path of "M" Words and the Christian Woman and I am always willing to take the time to walk with them, in confidence, and just talk about "where" they are in their spiritual walk. Together we walk.
Feet fitted with the readiness that comes with the gospel of peace."