Her Words

I hear her in my head… sometimes…there is a phrase…a word…a value…that has been planted there by years of conversation…years of connection…years of sitting at her feet…Her words are still alive…though she passed onto glory many years ago…Through her I learned the incredible worth of words…how they impact..and leave an imprint on our souls…they echo…after you are long gone…they take up residence in someone’s heart…words…whether good or bad…they echo…they leave a ripple effect…words that heal or wound…words that guide or throw off course…wordsher words…were always taken straight from the Father’s mouth…they were penned on her heart and then transferred to mine…I can see her in my mind’s eye…sitting and gazing for a moment before she answered my endless stream of questions…somehow…she never grew weary of answering…or if she did…she never showed it to mešŸ˜Œ…I think of her often…at random times in my day…sometimes her words cause a smile to quickly run across my face…at other times I become more sober as I remember a caution she had given me that I had forgotten…I think of the many hours she invested in me…in my call…in my purpose…in God’s plan…for my life…how she sacrificed her time …she forfeited sleep…and tolerated my immaturity…she became my mentor..my friend…my surrogate mother…she invested in the kingdom…by investing in me…she never desired to see her name in lights…never sought fame…she was always quite comfortable simply being the coach…she counted it all joy to be invited into the work of God…her words remain alive in me…they continue to bear fruit…and redirect misguided feet…today…I began thinking of her because yesterday was International Women’s Day…I stand on her shoulders…because I sat at her feet…she was a warrior…one of the women who gave me my voice…I honor her today…Evelyn Baxter…your words gave me life…increased my faith…restored my position in Christ…and gently pushed me into my purpose…Sisters…I encourage you to find an Evelyn Baxter for your life…and if you were blessed enough to have one…now BE ONE…teach what you have learned…I hope your words one day…will echo in someone long after you are gone..and I pray that those words stir them up to good works!

“A person’s words can be life- giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook” Proverbs 18:4

Father…thank you for the amazing women you have knitted into the tapestry of my life…women who used your word to help shape me into the woman you created me to be…Father help me to be the kind of woman who’s legacy is words of life…words of hope…words of purpose…and that those words will remain because they came from you…in Jesus name