Today I’m joining in with Sarah Bessey’s synchroblog for International Women’s Day. The topic: our patron saints and spiritual midwives.
As a reader I’m so inspired by women of history who have done great things–or small things, recorded well–to inspire and encourage the generations to come to live this Christian life well. I’ve been on the lookout for these inspiring women for nearly half of my life, ever since a college professor drove home the importance of seeking “Great God People” wherever you can, be that at your dinner table or in the pew or in the pages of books.
And I’ve found so many to inspire, especially in the pages of books: I look up to St Theresé of Lesieux and Madeleine L’Engle, Corrie Ten Boom and Anne Lamott.
And yet the woman that’s encouraging me the most right now doesn’t live on the page.
I know her, but not well. I see her, but not often.
But she inspires me so because she’s making my own path–which seems so difficult at times–seem doable, and worth doing.
As a writer, she’s wrestled through the same issues I struggle with in my own writing: being not “Christian enough” for some, and “too Christian” for others.
As a mom, she’s managing to homeschool her 4 kids. And those kids seem to actually like her, and she likes them.
As a mom, she’s structured her life in such a way that she is there for her family, and she’s doing great in her chosen profession.
As a Christian, she’s struggled. She’s doubted. She’s had some tough times. But she’s still standing.
This woman I admire so is ten years ahead of me. She was born 10 years before I was, her firstborn is a decade older than mine. Our lives aren’t carbon copies but I feel like our tracks are similar, and watching the way she’s walked her path has helped me so much. So much.
I’m grateful for the women of history, the women of the page–those women who make my soul soar and sing with possibility, who seem larger than life.
But I am also grateful beyond words for this ordinary friend. She’s no famous saint but she has been my patron. She has helped me find my life and my faith.
And for that, I am grateful.