Lessons of a Life Well Lived


“…he lives with you, and will be in you.” John 14:17


In the summer of 1952, a young lady of sixteen gave birth to a little girl and named her Iris. Iris grew up in the small town of Westville, Indiana where a single yellow light flashes on Main Street even today and basketball reigns supreme. As an adult, Iris moved away from her tiny town as soon as possible and made a different life. She had three children, earned a degree in fashion design and served actively in her church.

In 1994 my mother, Iris Dee Johnson, went home to be with the Lord at the age of 43. Though I miss her greatly, the lessons she taught me by a life well lived, continue to echo through me. I never heard gossip pass her lips. She included everyone in her life regardless of income, race, or religion. I saw her sin, repent and ask for forgiveness even if it meant humbling herself to her children. Most importantly I observed her faith in action when I caught her praying before the sun rose, teaching Sunday school to two year olds, or learning God’s word through Bible Study Fellowship. She served the Lord by serving those He placed in her path. I knew that the Spirit lived in her by her profession of faith, but also by her daily walk.

God has asked us not only to encourage women in their daily tasks, but to go one step further and share with you the good news of His Son. The Lord has already blessed our prayer to be used by Him to further His kingdom. It seems like a daunting task even now, but I am reminded that nothing is impossible when, “he (the Holy Spirit) lives with you, and will be in you.” God did not intend for every child to have a mother exactly like Iris Johnson, but He does desire for every person to be like His Son. Would you join with our team in praying that we serve every woman who comes to us as the hands and feet of Jesus? We covet your prayers for our ministry.

by M.E. Brown
Guest Blogger

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