Monday, December 14, 2009

Who is your "Elizabeth"?

Who is Your Elizabeth?

As a third grader, my teacher made the big mistake of sitting me next to one of my girlfriends. It wasn't long after that I rightfully earned the nickname gabby. What did she expect? It's no secret that us gals are relational. Get a group of women together and we will talk and talk and talk and talk. We can't help it, it is how God wired us. When I have something big happen in my life, after talking to my husband, my next impulse is to call my girlfriend Celia, my Elizabeth.

Celia, my Elizabeth.

When Jesus' mother Mary, was given the biggest news of her life, she had no husband to confide in. Her first instinct after her visit from Gabriel, the angel of the Lord, was to immediately go out and seek Godly counsel from her cousin Elizabeth.  "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her. At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.  Luke 1:38-40 NIV

Mary didn't wast any time, she rushed right over to Elizabeth. Throughout the joys and sorrows of my own life, I have hurried to my very own Elizabeth. My dear friend Celia has been beside me when the heartaches of cancer and divorce painfully touched my life and once again stood by my side to share the joys of my remarriage and the births of my children.

As a Christian woman, who is your Elizabeth? Who do you rush to in a hurry? Who do you seek for Godly counsel? If you don't have a Godly woman of your very own, ask God to put one in your life.

Your Elizabeth should not:
Gossip with you about others, or with others about you.
Disrespect your husband or your family.
Remind you of past failures, or make fun of your shortcomings.
Pull you away from others.
Discourage you from serving the Lord.
Be in competition with you, or insecure in your achievements.

Your Elizabeth should:
Have a steadfast walk with the Lord.
Give Godly counsel in truth and love.
Encourage you in your walk with Jesus.
Encourage you in your marriage.
Be someone whom you desire to learn from.
Pray for you.
Rejoice in your successes.
See your God-given gifts and encourage you to use them.

Mary rushing to Elizabeth touches my heart. She was a real young woman with a burning desire to share with her cousin and friend all that had just happened to her. I just love that. The Bible tells us that Mary lived with Elizabeth for three months.

No doubt they were talking and talking and talking and talking...


Denise said...

May God bless you, and your Elizabeth extra sweetly.

Melissa in Mel's World said...

We ALL need an Elizabeth in our thankful you have Celia!

Have a great day!

Melissa in Mel's World

Braley Mama said...

Praise Him for our friends!!!!

Karen said...

I LOVE that picture...the joy of close friends!

momstheword said...

I have been blessed with having several people who I know I could go to if I needed to. Some of them I have known for years and years, others not so long.

But you're right about who should fill that role. You don't want someone who is possessive and jealous of your time, or is more discouraging than encouraging.

LisaShaw said...

Thanks for sharing this precious message and beautiful photo of you and your sweet friend.

Love that photo of Elizabeth and Mary. May I use that?

You are precious to me Joanne and before I go on a blog break I wanted to stop by and tell you that meeting you off line was a JOY to my heart and I look forward to seeing you again in 2010.

Merry CHRISTmas and Blessed New Year to you and your family and hey no possum on the Christmas menu ok?! :)

Love you.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

And their wombs leaped in unison for the acknowledgment of the common "thread" they shared. Ours should leap as well.

My current "Elizabeth" is Nancy. She's close in proximity and always blesses my heart with her tender watch and care over me and my family.

Merry Christmas, friend. Hope you are well.



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