Monday, February 4, 2013

Do You Have Jesus Girls in Your Life? (Part 1)

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On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.  
Luke 24:1
Do you have Jesus Girls in your life?     Girls who aren't just friends, but girls who "get" you, and run hard with you, and encourage you to keep your eyes on the prize?     Friends who sharpen you spiritually?   

Let's look at the first group of Jesus girls...

 That Friday, their Jesus had been crucified.  Joseph and Nicodemus took down his body, packed it with a hundred pounds of sweet spices and oils, wrapped it in linen cloth, and placed it in the tomb.  

The Jesus Girls followed closely.  

They saw the men lay his body on a cool marble slab, and then they went home together to prepare more spices and perfume to add their contribution.  

On Sunday morning before the sun rose, the Jesus Girls met carrying their spices and oils.  They were Jesus Girls on mission together.  

But, as they got closer to the tomb, things were not as they should have been.  The stone had been rolled away.  The Jesus Girls looked at each other.  One of them became bold enough to walk softly up to the tomb and peer inside.  The other women followed.  Their Jesus was… gone.  

Just then, two men in gleaming white clothes stood beside them.  The Jesus Girls bowed with their faces in the dust. Afraid; so afraid.

But the men spoke to the women.  "Why are you looking for Jesus here?  He's alive!  Remember?  He told you he would be turned over to cruel men and die a sinner's death on the cross.  But he also told you that he would rise!  Jesus, your Jesus, is alive!" 

And they did remember!  The Jesus Girls remembered!  

As the sun rose above the horizon, the Jesus Girls ran to tell the Eleven. “Our Jesus is alive!”

These women, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary, mother of John and James … these were the first Jesus Girls.  So different from each other, but connected by Jesus.  They knew Jesus.  They loved Jesus.  They served Jesus.  And they did it together.  

Today, take time to think and pray about your friendships.  While not all of your friends should be Jesus Girls, you do need some Jesus Girls in your life. 

If you have Jesus Girls in your life, I’d love to hear about them and celebrate with you the beauty of friendship centered on Jesus.  If not, come back tomorrow.  I’ll share with you about the Jesus Girls God brought into my life this fall and three steps you can take to find your Jesus Girls.  Meanwhile, I'd love to see you over at Pop in and let me know that you found me through Knowing God Ministries.  

Would you like to dig a little more?  Read more about the first Jesus Girls in these verses:
Luke 8:1-3; Mark 15:40-41; Matthew 27:55-56; John 19:25-27; Mark 15:47; Matthew 27:61;  Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-11; John 20:1-18; Mark 16:9-11; Luke 24:1-12

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About Carol:
Wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother, advocate for the unborn and for disadvantaged women and children. Carol Godwin is married to the Senior Vice President and Provost at Liberty University. She has a Masters in Counseling from Liberty University. For many years, she counseled at Thomas Road Baptist Church, Liberty University and in private practice with a licensed colleague. Carol was trained as a chaplain through Virginia Baptist Hospital and was the first volunteer chaplain to serve in the Lynchburg Hospitals.

But get this: for many years she owned a trucking company that transported new furniture from the east coast to the west coast! Talk about diverse!

At present Carol serves on several ministry boards, babysits her youngest grandson two days a week and travels whenever possible. We at KGM are grateful, as well, that she is the mama of Dina Hester, one of our Board Members.

While all of this sounds like an amazing life, she was also orphaned, abused, and has faced widowhood not only once, but twice.
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