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Baggy Pants and a Filled Heart

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Café Menu for Thursday, September 3, 2015
Today’s Special is: Ladies Who Have Poured Into My Life
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Noelle Dey
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Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God.  They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers.  Instead, they should teach others what is good.

Titus 2:3 NLT

Entrée:

Human Resources was just down the hall.

That’s what went through my mind as I was grabbed by the seat of my pants.

To add to my astonishment, I turned around to find… an older lady.

With her glasses teetering on the end of her nose, she barked, “Who taught you how to shop?   These pants are at least two sizes too big!”

Before she died, my mom used to take me shopping.  Naively, I assumed that whatever size I was back then would be my size for a lifetime.  Regardless of the brand.  Regardless of the new marketing strategy called “vanity sizing.”

It was the start of an unlikely friendship… and pants that fit.

I’ve also been grabbed… not at the seat of my pants… but at the depths of my heart.

Without my mom, I have yearned for a gentle voice to help guide me on these often-bumpy roads.
 Luann Prater and Wendy Blight are Bible teachers who I had admired from afar.  But by God’s miraculous ways, they became mentors and dear friends in my life.  They love me with a gentleness that can only be from God Himself.  Their tender ways whisper,

I might be just a few steps ahead of you on this journey, but let me hold your hand and pour into your life.

Through them, I have learned that God’s love is far wider, longer, higher and deeper than I could have ever imagined (Ephesians 3:18).  They have shown me how to pray with gratitude and unwavering belief (Philippians 4:6-7).  Through their modeling, I’ve grown in handling conflict in Christ-honoring ways and parenting with extravagant love (Ephesians 4:2-3).

These two precious ladies bring Titus 2:3 to life.

Take Out:

Who has God used to show you His love in gentle ways?

Take a moment to thank God for that immeasurable gift.

Is God calling you to show His love to someone in particular?

My heart’s desire it to take what Luann and Wendy have given me and pay it forward.  Before you turn away from this devotional, reach out to that person with an encouraging call, email or a text.

Let’s hold onto a hand in front of us and hold someone’s hand who is a step behind.

Dessert:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for those who have invested in our lives.  Help us to humble our hearts so we can learn from them.  Empower us with Your Holy Spirit so we can also pay the gift forward by loving others.  We want to live respectful lives, watching our words and teaching Your ways.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!

Meet my mentors and dear friends Luann Prater and Wendy Blight.

For more encouragement, check out Noelle’s book Transformation by Truth: 30 days to a healthy heart, mind and body.

© 2015 by Noelle Dey.  All rights reserved.

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5 Comments

Dear Noelle,

God has used you and your husband to show His love to me and my family in gentle amazing ways.  So thankful for you and your family.  So beautifully written.  God bless.

Sweet, Noelle.  Tears stream down my cheeks as I read your words.  That God would use me to take you to deeper places in your walk with Him blesses me in ways you cannot imagine.  You see, 25 years ago, I would have never believed words like that could be spoken about me.  I was so lost, so alone, help captive by fear and wondering if God was even real.

He has done so much in my life in the last few decades ... so much healing ... so much love ... so much hope.  And when He brought me your friendship and love, it overwhelmed me.  Your prayers have covered me and my family in the hardest of times.  Thank you for blessing me today and encouraging others to do the same and live out Titus 2.

Love you,

Wendy

Noelle, you are my junior but in the short time I've known you, you have mentored me in so many ways with your sweet, gentle, humble, loving spirit.  Mentoring doesn't have to be from older to younger, just life to life, heart to heart, spirit to spirit.

Thank you for the reminder to pay it forward.  Life's busy can get me caught up in doing my check list of what needs to get done each day.  I am thankful for the people God has placed in my path for me that I learn from and that help me grow closer to God.  I pray that I see the opportunities and let The Lord use me to pay forward the amazing love and wisdom that has, that is and that will be poured into me the rest of my life.  Thank you for sharing this message.

Baby girl, you are a treasure in my life.  How sweet for God to bring us close enough to be family.  I turned to mush as I read your sweet words.  Do you realize that Wendy and I are so richly blessed by experiencing the one and only, Noelle?  Love you forever, Mama Lu

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