Mother’s Day is this week, but I want to honor all of the women that have played a part in shaping the stories of our hearts. Lately I have been thinking about some of the women that have been influential in my own life. I am remembering the advice that they have given me – the pearls of wisdom that I have held onto and cherished over the years.
One of these women recently passed away. Her name was Esther Belle. She was the pastor’s wife of one of the churches that my family attended while I was growing up. I still have the handwritten note that she gave to me when I was only 12 years old. I have kept it in my Bible, used it as a bookmark, and touched the images that she drew on it over and over again.
When I found out that my Esther Belle was gone, I was heartbroken.
As I look back at the small note that she gave me 21 years ago, I see something that has given me so much hope and strength over all this time…
“Have a wonderful week in school – study hard!!! You never know what the Lord will do with you in the future.”
She was right – you never know.
At twelve years old, I could have never imagined that I would travel to Russia at the age of seventeen, living and working in an orphanage. Having tea parties with her all those years ago, I had no idea that my life’s journey would lead me through the paths of brokenness and healing. I could have never dreamed up this crazy-wonderful life of being Momma to three beautiful boys. As much as I enjoyed writing in my journal as I was growing up, I would have never guessed that I would one day be opening up my life to you here on this blog. You never know what’s around the bend.
I remember blinking back tears the first time that I read her note.
“We love you & your family.”
Someone loved me. Me. I wasn’t lost in the bustle of my large family. Someone saw me. And that meant the world to this quiet girl.
I wasn’t able to tell Esther Belle how much her note meant to me before she passed away, but I can keep her words close to my heart. I can pass on words of encouragement to those around me. Maybe many years from now someone else will look back and fondly remember me.
Thinking about my treasured note, I began to wonder about you, my friends. Have you had a role model in your own life? What inspiration, encouragement, or advice have you taken from them and held to over the years?
I wonder if you would mind doing something for me…Would you be willing to share with us the words of wisdom that someone once gave you? Just leave a comment below with those treasured pieces of advice, and I just might compile them in a future post! Who shaped the story of your heart? Let’s share it with each other!
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