Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
Lady Warrior #1, Rachel Taylor
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
She can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
And faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
Many women do noble things,
But you surpass them all.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
But a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
And let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31:25-31 (NIV)
Laying the groundwork for my conversion is a great friend and example of Christ: Rachel Taylor, my former assistant. Both AMTC and my family gained so much from her cheerful excellence.
Because when we were heated or gloomy, she was a river of living water, a walking ray of light in troubled times, a voice of reason and integrity. She never gossiped, denounced or complained. Instead, she was an oasis of peace.
If Jesus is the Cornerstone of our faith, Rachel was the cornerstone of our home. After thirteen years, she retired early. Her Vietnam-vet husband had grown ill. Coincidentally (or maybe not), after thirty years, my husband left, too.
Funny thing: losing Rachel was harder. Because she was my living tie to Christ.
If we hadn't had Rachel's bright presence, would my daughters and I now be Christians? Hmm. Her groundwork cleared a path for Christ to come... and for us to be able to believe.
Here's another thing: our transformations happened AFTER our dearest friend left us.
So for those of you praying for loved ones, don't lose hope. Until their very last breath on this earth, they can still choose Jesus.
I bet they will.
Thank you, Rachel!
## Gotcha! Lady Warrior #1, Rachel Taylor (Part 3)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.