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Psalm 37:23-27

23 A person’s steps are established by the Lord, and he takes pleasure in his way. 24 Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the Lord supports him with his hand.

25 I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging for bread. 26 He is always generous, always lending, and his children are a blessing.

27 Turn away from evil, do what is good, and settle permanently.

Prayer Journal Entry

Lord, I know I am Yours, lovingly grafted into Your family that I might learn to know You, listen for the rhythms of Your heart, and then live out a reflection of You in every role You’ve given me.

I know that no matter my past or my plans for the future, or the frustration I may feel in relation to the roles of wife, mother, and grandmother, You hold me securely. You orchestrate details so I will learn to trust Your goodness. You intend to teach me how to live out these beautiful roles within the unique set of circumstances and relationships You have entrusted to me.

When I stumble and sin in those relationships, remind me to run quickly back to You instead of wallowing in shame or attempting to “fix” my grievances apart from You. Your Word reminds me You are the lifter of my head and You sustain me. (Psalm 3:3-5)

You are present with me as I work to live out the roles You’ve given in ways that honor You. Each day, You provide new mercies not just for me, but for my household, for my children’s children, for my neighbors, for the young hearts I mentor, and all who watch my life while I am unaware. Let my legacy be one of faithfulness to You. Shine through me, Lord Jesus, even now!

Worship Through Song

Journal Prompts

JOURNAL ONE

Think of those who have brought you the bouquet of friendship in your life. Perhaps their presence brightened a dark season before shifting elsewhere or maybe they remained for decades to sweeten your path. Pause to consider five qualities that marked them specifically, making them a good friend who loved you well.

Because we are made in God’s image, whatever we find that is good, pure, lovely, and delightful in humanity and creation, can be spoken of infinitely more so when describing the Lord. (Philippians 4:8-9) Have you considered the Lord God as your friend?

What is your heart response to that question? Do you lean in with curiosity, hunger for greater depth, or inwardly shudder at the thought of being “friends” with the God of the universe? Take that heart response to the Lord and talk with Him about it, listening for His reply. Since that’s what friends do, talk with each other!

Return to those qualities that endeared you to your most wonderful friends and consider how much more precious and perfect they are when found in the heart of God! Doesn’t that offer of friendship by His Spirit stir your heart to want deeper friendship with Him?! There is none like Him! And only He can build us up to hold out the loveliest friendship to others, even those we may initially feel don’t deserve the gift. Oh goodness, do we see the gospel there?! (*written by Rebecca Adams)

JOURNAL TWO

On Wednesday, Brenda observed motherhood to be with purpose and for a purpose, meaning this role of “She” was intentionally designed by a loving Creator for reaching a specific goal and fulfilling a specific need.

Down through the ages, mothers have carried an incredibly critical role in raising up the next generation, not simply by childbirth, but by teaching, training, and imparting values to the generation coming behind her. From the Garden of Eden, part of Eve’s purpose in mothering was to lead the way in training up the lineage from whom would eventually come the One who would crush Satan’s head. (Genesis 3:15, Matthew 1:1-17)

Glancing at the mother of Jesus, we find a woman whose faith crowned her with being “highly favored” by the Lord (Luke 1:28) as He chose her to teach and train infant Jesus through toddlerhood, elementary, and awkward teenage years until He set out on His Father’s purpose. As you consider your mother, or those who mother-mentored you, how did she help equip you to live out your purpose today?

I know, sister, some of us had challenging, complex, or perhaps no relationship at all with our mothers. Bring these griefs to the Lord who can bring comfort and healing! Consider how you might show honor to your mother or a mother-like-mentor this week! The mothering role, purposefully fitted for She, is one we each are responsible to consider how we can purposefully live out, even if we don’t have children of our own.

JOURNAL THREE

Brenda’s Journey Study encouraged my heart as I considered the She role of grandmother. I didn’t know my grandmothers well, and, as far as I know, they didn’t live a life founded in faith. Regardless of our grandmothers’ faith, we are their living legacies!

While grandmothers may exhibit some of the characteristics of mothers, they bring something more to the table of legacy and depth, especially if their foundation is Christ. Perhaps you’ve experienced or witnessed the grandmother phenomenon where the older woman seems to carry more weight in conversation and her words and values are embraced while a mother’s may not be received in the same way.

Grandmothers, you are called to leverage this gift to continue building the Kingdom of God! Be bold to speak truth, to share Christ, and leave a legacy that will shine brilliantly after you’re gone!

We don’t all become grandmothers, and even if we do, it may not be in the time or manner we expect, which is why I appreciated Brenda’s transparency of becoming a grandmother. Even though it wasn’t how she had planned, she trusted that God knew all the details long before they happened and was lovingly present with her all along the way.

The Bible insists that grandmothering is not a role to be dismissed. I pray I will fill this role in the way God intends as I live out being a grandmother who longs to leave a legacy that lasts! To all my grandmothering friends, live boldly in your season; you are encouraging many more than you know!
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