I remember her name

I invite you to read Dori’s personal testimony on Women Walking with Jesus.

Woman walking cross country and trail in autumn forestBy Dori Cook

She was more than a Sunday School teacher.

She was a friend, an encourager and a prayer warrior. With all the obvious pressures of being a Pastor’s wife, she took the time to be a spiritual mother to a group of misfit teenage girls. We all had different backgrounds, personalities and problems and yet she met each of us at the point of our need. She encouraged us to rise above life’s circumstances and reach for all that God has for His beloved children. We were “Chosen Vessels,” she said. She made us each feel unique, special and loved, something deeply treasured by Jesus.

I remember her Bible. It was blue and its pages lined in silver. It was worn from the time she spent reading the words of the Lord she loved so much. I remember the scriptures she taught us.

”But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NIV84

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5&6 NIV84

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My name.” John 15:16 NIV84

I remember her tears. She cried as she read the words of Jesus. She cried as she sang His songs. She cried when she shared the failures and victories of her own spiritual journey to the heart of Christ. She cried with us when we walked through tough circumstances.

I remember her commitment to praying for us. She went to bed early and awoke early, always meeting her Lord in the big winged back chair in her living room. Our names were there; not only on her prayer list but on her lips as she lifted up her petitions to God. When she told me that she had mentioned my name to Jesus, I was confident that she had.

I remember her mothering all of us as if we were her own. I recall learning that being a mother to someone reaches far beyond the biological to the spiritual. It’s a calling of God, a mission field, and she fulfilled her mission time and time again. The fruits of her labor are visible in the lives of the girls she mentored all those years ago. We are godly wives and mothers. Some of us are Bible teachers, Christian musicians and writers. All of us are part of the Kingdom of God because she took the time to help us on our way.

I wondered if my children would ever have someone like her in their life; someone who would share Christ with them, not out of obligation but out of a calling. I prayed that I could be a godly mother to my own children, but also take the time to plant spiritual seeds in the lives of the other children God places within my circle of influence. I asked Him to make me more like her; one who would look beyond the outward and see what God sees when He looks at His special creations.

I remember her name. I call her “Miss Nancy” and my life is forever changed because of her.

“We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.” I Thessalonians 2:8 HCSB

Cook-AMH-Pic1-e1372401181877Dori Cook. I am the wife of my very best friend, the mother of two amazing kids, a sister, a daughter, a friend — but more importantly, I am a forgiven Child of God saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. I have to say that His Word really is life to me and without Him I am nothing. I think my greatest joy — outside of my wonderful husband and kids — is studying God’s Word and hearing Him speak directly to me and my circumstances. My passion is to tell others that they, too, can be changed by Jesus Christ! I would be so honored if you joined me over at my website at Far Down the Road 

23 Responses to I remember her name

  1. Thank you for today message it touches my heart and encouraged me. How can I be a guest and write on your post.

    • Good morning Tara,

      I know you left this message on Dori’s post, and I’m so glad you are encouraged by her message and I’m sure you’ll hear from her. I wanted to let you know that I sent you an email to your email address under your name above, regarding your additional question, regarding writing for Women Walking with Jesus. If, however, it’s regarding writing directly with Dori Cook on her blog please contact her through her contact info above.

      Thanks Tara and may God continue to bless you and shine His love upon you. You are welcome here any time and we pray that each word will lift your heart in Jesus Name. Amen

      Lovingly,
      Lisa Shaw

  2. Dori, I had a godly woman in my life named Irene. I was already an adult and she taught a Wednesday evening Bible study. Her love for the Lord was so evident and very contagious. She would look into the eyes of each one of us and tell us “God loves you and has a plan for your life”. She would read from the Bible and encourage us to obey. Even though she is much older now, she continues to mentor many in my church each week. We need more Miss Nancy’s and Miss Irene’s.

    Beautiful post Dori.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

    • Thank you so much, Debbie, for your encouragement and so thankful you had Irene! I have no idea what my life would be like without Miss Nancy and her guidance all of those years ago. She is still dear to me and I will see her this week! 🙂

      Blessings,
      Dori

  3. “I remember her name. I call her “Miss Nancy” and my life is forever changed because of her.”

    And mine was name Mrs. Sargent and my Sunday School teacher was one of the women (other than Grandma) who impacted my teaching and understanding of the Word of God and His love and my heart even now, toward helping my family and others in ministry to learn more of Jesus. It’s a blessing to have such women in our lives.

    I’m sure your post will encourage others Dori. Blessings to you.

    • Thank you, sweet Lisa, for the opportunity to share. I find it so compelling that so many of us had our “Miss Nancy.” There is truth to the mentoring command in God’s Word and I am challenged even more to look for those young ladies who need me to come alongside them and guide them.

    • Oh, I can see it now! In fact, I’ll see Miss Nancy this week in her home — for the first time in awhile. I hope the winged-back chair is still there!! 🙂

      Blessings,
      Dori

  4. Beautiful & powerful! It reminds me anew to be careful of my own witness. One never knows when the Lord will use our words or ways to bless another, or to bring glory to Jesus. It also reminds me of something my mother used to say: “Protect your reputation. In the end, your name is about all you really possess.”

    Thank you for sharing your “Miss Nancy”. I like her. A lot.

    • Thank you sweet friend! I think you and Miss Nancy would hit it off rather nicely. I love that advice about our reputation and our name. Thanks for stopping by today.

  5. Thank you Dori for your message. I remember her name too it was my mother in law Mrs.Yvonne who is no longer with us she has gone on to be with The Lord but she left a seed of prayer in me that has grown in me.

  6. I’m so grateful for the godly women who poured into me over the years. I hope to do the same … in these, my years of returning influence. Wonderful words of encouragement!

    • I will pray that God will bring just the right women into your life in whose heart He will use you to speak truth, life and encouragement. I can’t wait to hear about it!! Blessings!

    • You are so right, Marilyn. I was blessed by her. But even if we don’t have our “Miss Nancy” we can certainly pour into the hearts of young women for Kingdom purposes. Amen?

  7. It’s amazing the small things that leave a lasting impact on lives. How interesting that you would remember the details about her Bible. We never know just how we may be leaving lasting impressions.

    • Wanda, you are so right! Little things really do mean a lot and it reminds me that I’m being watched by the next generation whether I realize it or not. My words and actions matter so much. May they be pleasing to Him!!

    • Thank you so much, Leah! Always my Barnabus — the Encourager! I have no doubt someone calls you their mentor, their second mom. Spiritual Moms are the BEST!! ((hugs))

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