In the Christian religion we are told in God's word, the Bible, that the older women should teach the younger women. Fortunately, I had a mom who was a Christian. She taught me everything she knew up until I left home at 18. I'm sure my mom and her Christian friends prayed for me but I had no one to go to for advice after I left home. So God put some incredible women in my life.
The first Christian woman who had an impact on my life was Evelyn Christenson. She came to Spokane to lead a Sunday School teacher work shop. She had us form groups of 3 or 4. Then she instructed us to go around our circle and say a one sentence prayer. I had never prayed out loud before but I did manage one sentence.
Next I joined Bible Study Fellowship and had many wonderful group leaders pour into me. I was asked every year to lead a group but I turned that opportunity down because it required a commitment of 2 days a week. Dealing with my chronic pain would make that too difficult.
A few years later Fern Nichols started "Moms in Touch", now "Mom's in Prayer," a group who prays for their children and schools. I joined a group and I learned to pray Bible verses back to God and to pray of one accord. One mom would pray about something on her heart and anyone else who has something put on her heart by the Holy Spirit will pray about the same subject. My prayer life grew by leaps and bounds.
After attending a women's retreat and meeting with the speaker one on one, she recommended that I work through Myrna Alexander's book, "Behold Your God." In studying the attributes of God all problems tend to grow smaller in the light of the greatness of God.
Nan and Heather 1994
In my new location I yearned for a group of praying women to join. I was put in touch with one group but because of family illness, change of residence, and various other problems the group fell apart.
It was then that I signed up to mentor a young woman who wanted to be mentored through our church's mentoring program. God had nudged me out of the receiving group and into the giving group. I was very nervous but I figured somehow God could take what I gummed up and make it work for good. I committed to one hour a week which I thought I could manage and not cause my chronic pain to flare up.
I met Deb 6 months ago at a dessert meeting. Through all her problems she has learned the same thing that I have learned--there is no where else to go but to the Lord. Only He has the words of life! So after talking to Deb, and hearing her concerns, I recommended that we work through, "Behold Your God." The process has seemed slow to me as we have only gotten though 1/2 of the book. But looking back on all the years I have had mentors nurture me I shouldn't be impatient. So we will keep working through the workbook and God will keep growing both of us to become the women of God He wants us to be.