Floral Designer, Women’s Bible Study teacher, Grandmother, Online Missionary, and Seamstress are some of the roles of my friend I’m featuring today. Fifteen years ago, I helped decorate our church for a banquet with this inspiring woman which sparked the beginning of our friendship. Today we serve together to dress our church sanctuary with seasonal bouquets or arrangements. Walking through life with this woman is time well spent. Some of my favorite memories are discipling young girls along side this wise woman.
Here is a photo of us at a wedding shower/afternoon tea we worked on together.
I love to collaborate on projects with this friend and always learn so much from her! For this event, we gathered fresh blooms and bright green herbs from our gardens to decorate the table and garnish the food. Fresh greenery is used inside the compote to hide the foam brick.
The heart of this woman is very dear. While pedaling on exercise bikes together early one morning, she lamented her desire to impact the world in a bigger way. Reading biographies of missionaries inspire her to move beyond what she has accomplished thus far in life. From my perspective, I see her already accomplishing more service than anyone I know. She has spent countless hours and 7 years as an online missionary for Campus Crusade for Life. Fruitful rewards from that outreach include creating a lifelong friendship with some women who cried out for help in a time of need. Locally, she leads in various leadership, teaching, and service ministries in our church, cares for an aging parent who lives with them, and spends hours and days helping others by: cleaning, organizing, listening, counseling, giving, cooking, mentoring, praying, sewing, sitting, gardening, and utilizing various gifts the Lord has blessed her with.
Here are a couple photos of this floral designer at work teaching and inspiring our garden club ladies.
I’m grateful for Sharon’s friendship and thankful for her example. I pray the Lord continues to bless the works of her hands, strengthens believers through her teaching, service and prayers, and draws many close to Him who loves us and laid down His life for us, in a saving relationship for eternity. When I read the closing verses in Psalm 73, I think of her: “my flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from Thee will perish;…But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Thy works.”