For two years Aylward worked as a maid and practiced evangelizing on London street corners. In the mountain village of Yangchen, China, Gladys founded the Inn of Eight Happinesses, which first offered food and shelter to travelers and later became home to more than Chinese orphans. Sister Teresa, as she was first known, spent 19 years in a secluded convent before she heard the call from Jesus to relinquish her life as a cloistered nun and follow Him into the slums of Calcutta.
For two years Teresa wrote dozens of letters to her mentor and spiritual director and to the archbishop and cardinal in Rome. Nine days later, wearing a simple white sari and carrying five rupees in her pocket, Teresa walked out of the convent and toward the Calcutta slums, where she served the poorest of the poor for the rest of her life.
Their trust in God allowed them to persevere past roadblocks and persist along lengthy detours in order to fulfill the calling they heard for their lives. Women who remind us that we are not alone, that the battles we face today are not new, and that God is always with us in the midst of our struggles.
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She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with her husband and their two boys. Share your narratives, your poems, your Instagrams tagged with TellHisStory, … your beautiful hearts. You are the chroniclers, the people who help others make sense of the world with your words and your art. Visit someone or two in the link-up to encourage with a comment. Then, Tweet about your posts, and the posts you visit, with the TellHisStory hashtag. A final note: This is a safe place to tell your stories. Story is built into every single one of us.
Share the love of story by visiting someone else in the community! Grace Livingston Hill—her love for God has inspired thousands of women over the years her books STILL sell —and she was no stranger to poverty and hardship just like many of her characters. She and her aunt, Isabella Alden wrote during the end of the s and the early to mid s ;. One of my faith heroes is Corrie Ten Boom. Her ability to forgive is remarkable and an example to us all. Corrie ten Boom is in the book, Holly — amazing, amazing woman…and her sister, Betsie, too, such courage.
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I love the photo and quote from Susanna Wesley. I love that quote, too, Kim. I think sometimes we feel compelled to do something huge for God — like make a radical sacrifice or go live and serve overseas. Such important wisdom to impart. Thanks, Kim! How much fun that must have been to read and write about women we all admire so much. Thank you for treating us all to one book about all of them. It was a huge project, and at times a bit daunting, but so, so rewarding.
And now I finally have the time to go back and dig more deeply into the women who wowed me the most. Thanks for stopping by, Ginger. I did a couple of travel nurse contracts in Daytona. The hospital I worked in was right next to Bethune college.
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I had no idea the significant history of that college. Mary Bethune is one of my absolute favorites in the book, Michelle — what a story of perseverance and courage — and LOVE, in the face of so many obstacles and such pervasive racism.
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She really was an A Mazing woman! And yes, yes, yes, I can absolutely see how some of these stories of strength, courage and faith would impact a young woman — that is so cool, Ro. Thank you so much for hosting me, sister — I so appreciate and love you to pieces. Go Women of Valor! Visiting for the first time following my radically rich read-through of loveidol! Eager to add this intriguing title to my book list! Thank you for the guest post! Michelle, you have no idea how much I needed to read this today.
Yet I know I am pursuing the dream that God placed within my heart. I trust in his perfect timing and will continue to press ahead, and know that he takes great delight in these small beginnings. I definitely am going to check out this book and so look forward to reading it! Thank you Jennifer, for featuring this wonderful guest post today. So inspired.
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I am right there with you, Abby. I wrote this post before I heard my big, fat no, and now I am re-reading my own words and finding hope and strength in them. God is so good. Peace to you on your journey, friend, and keep pressing on. This book is on my must-read list, and I plan to use it as a resource for our Ladies Missionary Fellowship meetings. Thank you for your hard work and research to enrich so many of us! A woman who influenced me? She lived her faith and taught me so much when I was young and forming habits and likes that would stay with me through the years. So sweet, Susan — everyone needs and Aunt Lou.
BTW, this book would make a great winter read during those long, cold months — curl up with a cozy blanket and a cup of tea! On Sunday, the past president of Moody spoke at church about broken expectations and how sometimes God narrows our field to broaden our field. And yes — that is exactly right, Sandra! I am trusting in that. Exactly, Sandy: I thought….. But God had other plans.
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Great books like this make me I wish I was still teaching high school. I would have loved to have shared this book with my girls. I know of several people who have told me they are reading this book, or parts of it, together with their daughters — I love that! Such an inspirational story. I love the stories of all of the women featured today. I hope I win or if not I can check out this book on my Kindle. I pray you find inspiration, encouragement and hope in the stories of these amazing women, Alecia! I look forward to reading it soon.
I know it will be so encouraging.