Radiant Faces, Part 2

TODAY’S TREASURE

 

Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.

Psalm 34:5 ESV

 

REVIEW

 

We tend to think as Christians, that we are only witnesses to the unbelieving world, but this experience taught us that we are also witnesses to those who, too, share an abiding trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are called to be His ambassadors, to model His love and reflect His glory everywhere we go. Our experienced encouraged us that through acts we consider mundane, the light of Jesus can shine.

As I look back over my own faith journey, I recognize that what we did that night we learned to do through women’s ministry. I’m so grateful that other women taught me the truth of Titus 2. I am a recipient of women teaching me how to walk by faith in the mundane moments of life. I am convinced that the Titus 2 mandate is an incredible privilege and blessing, not only to the receivers, but also to the givers. After all, Jesus has told us many times, to ‘love one another as I have loved you!’ His love was costly and sacrificial, but also gracious, abundant and free. May we find great joy in shining His light that He might receive all the glory and honor and praise. We experienced that joy when others recognized His love in us.

Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.

Psalm 34:5 ESV

 

LIFE GIVING ENCOURAGEMENT

 

Who has encouraged you to walk by faith? Have you ever thanked that person for offering life-giving encouragement? Reach back into your life and ask the Lord to remind you of that teacher, women’s Bible study leader, author, or friend who came alongside of you at just the right moment and helped you get through a parenting crisis, relationship conflict, depression, a difficult marriage, a challenging task. Send them a note and thank them for their influence. Most of them will probably be shocked that the Lord used them in such a helpful way.

Years ago, I spoke at a women’s event sponsored by a church whose pastor was married to Elisabeth Elliot’s daughter. I asked her to tell her mother how grateful I was for her books and solid biblical teaching. Though I had never met Elisabeth, I considered her a long distance spiritual mother. Her daughter challenged me, “Have you ever thanked her yourself?” I stuttered a few words and then said, “She’s world renowned, I feel as though my thanks won’t mean much. She probably hears from lots of people.”

Her daughter paused and then said, “My mother doesn’t understand why people read her books or listen to her speak. She really needs to hear from people like you, to encourage her that her life has had such eternal purpose in the lives of so many others.”

I wrote a thank you letter to Elisabeth as soon as I arrived home. A few weeks later I received a handwritten thank you note from Elisabeth, expressing her gratitude for knowing how the Lord was using her work to influence my life.

Who has encouraged you? Tell them.

 

STORE UP MORE TREASURES

 

At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to the Divorce audio resource so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:

Divorce. Some statisticians claim that 50% of marriages end in divorce. Yet the numbers do not reveal the anguish in every home broken by divorce. In this transparent interview, Patti shares her shock and pain when her husband divorced her. Listeners will hear how she told her children and helped them deal with their own broken hearts, found the right attorney, processed the deceit and betrayal and learned how to forgive. Her story will help those grappling with their own broken marriages as well as better equip family and friends who are walking with someone in the midst of divorce.

 
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