Ordinary Woman … Extraordinary God

In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, I have been thinking about my mom. I have talked and written quite a bit about her, so, there isn’t really anything new to say. But, just because there isn’t anything new to say, does not mean that I can’t REPEAT some things!

A Facebook post last week resulted in a long conversation with a friend about my mom and God. I thought I would share a recap of that exchange. In the post I said,

She was just an “ordinary” woman in so many ways, yet, “extraordinary” in so many other ways.

The friend, who dearly loved my mom, took issue with my calling her ordinary. And, while I understand what she was saying, my mom was ordinary.

My mom—Jeannie to people of all ages who knew her—was the eighth child (fifth girl) of nine children born to Callie (Hudson) and Olin Thomason. She always described herself as an ordinary, awkward, bucktoothed girl who was always the clown!

For those who knew my mom, ordinary is NOT a word that usually comes to mind when you think of her. Yet, she was ordinary in so many ways.

In her childhood and teens, she struggled to “fit in” at school, had grandiose dreams of what she wanted to do in her life, places she wanted to go, got frustrated with her siblings, she preferred having fun wherever she was … and the list goes on and on. Like most of us, she got angry at and hurt by people and circumstances, dealt with the effects of aging on her health and body, experienced a myriad of disappointments … and this list goes on and on, too!

She did laundry, cooked meals, ironed and mended clothes, did the grocery shopping, doctored a gazillion boo-boos, and kissed away her children’s fears and hurts.

Mom’s life wasn’t easy in many ways and she experienced innumerable hardships. Just six weeks before her birth, my grandmother had to have emergency gall bladder surgery, very risky surgery for both my grandmother and mom. The doctors really didn’t expect that my mom would survive the surgery, but she not only survived the surgery and remained safely in my grandmother’s womb—she thrived! While serving as a missionary in Nigeria, West Africa, a can exploded inside a wood stove, badly burning mom. She buried two sons and a grandson, and many other family and friends. She had a myriad of health issues in her later years.

Why is it that such an ordinary woman is remembered by so many people as extraordinary?

When teaching or writing, I always use my mom as my quintessential earthly example of a life exhibiting the joy of the Lord (Nehemiah 8:10 and Psalm 28:7).

In the midst of hardships, disappointments, fear, and great loss, mom would pray, “Lord God, strengthen me so that all those watching will know that You alone are my strength and hope.” That prayer was often followed by her singing, The Light of the World is Jesus (Philip P. Bliss, 1875, Public Domain):

No darkness have we Who in Jesus abide;
The Light of the world is Jesus!
We walk in the light when we follow our Guide!
The Light of the world is Jesus!

Come to the light, ‘tis shining for thee;
Sweetly the light has dawned upon me.
Once I was blind, but now I can see:
The Light of the world is Jesus!

Now, you need to know that in my mom’s later years her singing voice was raspy and a bit off-tune, however, in those moments, as she prayed and sang, often with huge tears running down her cheeks, she sang beautifully, as I imagine the angels sound. And, at that precise moment, there would not be a movement or a sound from anyone within earshot or eyesight, as this ordinary woman led everyone to look to Light of the World (Hebrews 12:1-2).

How did she do that?  How was it possible in the midst of such dire circumstances?

It was possible, because … God said Let there be light (Genesis 1:1-4).

It was possible, because … The Light dispelled the darkness of her sin (I John 1:5).

It was possible, because … she knew The Light of the World (John 8:12).

It was possible, because … The Light of the Holy Spirit taught her as she read, memorized, and leaned, the Word of God (2 Corinthians 4:1-6).

It was possible, because … she understood what it meant to present her body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God (Romans 12:1).

It was possible, because … she practiced being transformed by the continual renewing of her mind (Romans 12:2).

How was it possible for mom to lead people have such strong faith and to exhibit the joy of the Lord in and through every circumstance?

When people looked at this ordinary woman, my mom, they saw the work of an EXTRAORDINARY GOD shine in and through her because she knew, loved, and obediently served Him!

“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining—they just shine.”  -Dwight L. Moody

My Mother’s Day celebration includes giving thanks to the Lord for the of my precious mom who shined brightly for her Savior and Lord, Jesus!

Our Blessed Comfort and Future Hope

ToTT logoToday, we continue our journey through the book, Paul the Counselor: Counseling and Disciple-making Modeled by the Apostle, edited by Dr. Mark Shaw and Dr. Bill Hines. Today is begins a 3-episode discussion in a series using Chapter 14: “Our Blessed Comfort Bill Hines and Phillip Price as the springboard for our discussions.

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Putting Away the Old

In a few hours we will say goodbye to 2016. I am sure there are many who are struggling as they try to deal with the things that have happened to them and their loved ones during the past year.

You will not want to miss today’s discussion of “Putting Away the Old” with our dear brother in Christ, Dr. Howard Eyrich, as we look at what Scripture has to say about dealing with the past, and the Hope we as Christ-followers have for the future!

Dr. Eyrich is President Emeritus of Birmingham Theological Seminary; Pastor of Counseling Ministries at Briarwood Presbyterian Church; and an Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) Fellow.

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“The fact that God can bring good out of evil only underscores the power and excellence of His sovereign will.” Tim Keeter

TIM KEETER joins us today at 2:00 PM to discuss, “Suffering: The Gift No One Wants.” You will not want to miss hearing Tim speak about the things the Lord taught him, and continues teaching him, through his cancer.

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Faith to Survive: The Lee Lucas Story

This is a testimony to the mighty power of our Sovereign God!

Many of my friends walked alongside side our family in the hours, days, weeks, months, and years that followed my nephew, Lee Lucas’ burn injury.

Protective Life (where Lee worked at the time of the injury, and continues working now) made a video about the book he wrote. Grab your hankies and watch Faith to Survive: The Lee Lucas Story.

His book, The Struggle Within, is available at Amazon in print and Kindle versions.

 

A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety with Dr. Howard Eyrich

eyrich_picToday is the final episode in our discussions of “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety.” My dear brother in Christ, friend, and mentor, Dr. Howard Eyrich, joins us in-studio again on Think on These Things.

As we continue our journey through the book, Paul the Counselor: Counseling and Disciple-making Modeled by the Apostle, edited by Dr. Mark Shaw and Dr. Bill Hines. Today is the final episode in a series using Chapter 12: “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety” written by Dr. Howard and Mrs. Pam Eyrich as the springboard for our discussions.

Dr. Eyrich is President Emeritus of Birmingham Theological Seminary; Pastor of Counseling Ministries at Briarwood Presbyterian Church; and an Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) Fellow.

NOTE: Dr. Eyrich will be with us in-studio again on New Year’s Eve (December 31) to discuss “Putting Away the Old.” You won’t want to miss that discussion.

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A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety with Dr. Howard Eyrich

eyrich_picToday, my dear brother in Christ, friend, and mentor, Dr. Howard Eyrich, joins us again on Think on These Things for a discussion of “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety.”

As we continue our journey through the book, Paul the Counselor: Counseling and Disciple-making Modeled by the Apostle, edited by Dr. Mark Shaw and Dr. Bill Hines. Today is the second episode in a series using Chapter 12: “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety” written by Dr. Howard and Mrs. Pam Eyrich as the springboard for our discussions.

Dr. Eyrich is President Emeritus of Birmingham Theological Seminary; Pastor of Counseling Ministries at Briarwood Presbyterian Church; and an Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) Fellow.

NOTE: Dr. Eyrich will be with us in-studio on November 12 as we continue the current series on “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety.” Then, on New Year’s Eve (December 31) Dr. Eyrich will join us in-studio again to discuss “Putting Away the Old.” You won’t want to miss any of these discussions.

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“If I’m going to use Scripture to address anxiety in my life, I need to know Scripture; and, I need to know the God behind the Scripture.” —Dr. Howard Eyrich

eyrich_picWe are so honored to have my dear brother in Christ, friend, and mentor, Dr. Howard Eyrich, as a guest today on Think on These Things.

We continue our journey through the book, Paul the Counselor: Counseling and Disciple-making Modeled by the Apostle, edited by Dr. Mark Shaw and Dr. Bill Hines. Today we begin a three-episode series using Chapter 12: “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety” written by Dr. Howard and Mrs. Pam Eyrich as the springboard for our discussions.

You will not want to miss this discussion the biblical way to deal with anxiety. And, you will want to take notes as Dr. Eyrich explanations through example, what it means to meditate upon the Word of God.

Dr. Eyrich is President Emeritus of Birmingham Theological Seminary; Pastor of Counseling Ministries at Briarwood Presbyterian Church; and an Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) Fellow.

NOTE: Dr. Eyrich will be with us in-studio on November 5 and November 12 as we continue the current series on “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety.” Then, on New Year’s Eve (December 31) Dr. Eyrich will join us in-studio again to discuss “Putting Away the Old.” You won’t want to miss any of these discussions.

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Live-stream at: gleniris.net

Listen locally on WGIB 91.9 FM or:
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106.1 FM – Jasper
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Dr. Howard Eyrich – Special In-Studio Guest

eyrich_picMARK YOUR CALENDARS!

You will not want to miss the next three Saturday’s (October 29, November 5 and November 12) episodes of “Think on These Things” programs with Dr. Howard Eyrich as our special in-studio guest.

Live-stream, listen, or watch at 2:00 PM Central.

Live-stream at: gleniris.net

Listen locally on WGIB 91.9 FM or:
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Paul and Women in Ministry – Wrap-up

Today we wrap-up our 25-episode series on “Paul and Women in Ministry.” Join us today for a wrap-up and review of the past 24 weeks.

Within these discussions we have talked about how important it is for every Christ-follower to be actively involved in a local church.

A special thank you to four godly and amazingly gifted women whom I have the privilege of calling sisters in Christ and friends:  Lauri Bucci, Patsy Howard, Harriet Michael, and Phyliss Wright. Thank you for giving your time to join us in these discussions, as you shared testimonies of God’s grace in your lives, and told about how you are currently serving Him.

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106.1 FM – Jasper
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