Today I am joining Cherie at Heart and Soul Reflections for her link-up. She is doing a series on women who have had a positive influence on her life and has asked for stories from other bloggers about influences in their lives as well.
I thought I would use my normal Thankful Thursday post to talk about someone for whom I am very thankful and who has had, and continues to have, a big influence on my life. That woman would be my sister.
She and I are so very different. She is a fashionable, blond, athletic knockout and I am…so not that. She is on her way to her doctorate degree, she’s a college professor, a college ministry leader, and a deep, intellectual thinker who is also training her children to be very missions minded. SHE AMAZES ME!
But, in spite of our differences, she’s always been my biggest cheerleader (well, ever since we got past the whole little-girl-sibling-rivalry thing, which was a lot of years ago!)
She is the one who allows me to be myself and yet she subtly challenges me to be better, just by who she is as a person. I am not a deep thinker by nature. She gently pushes me to think beyond the surface. I tend to be too serious. She frequently reminds me that one can find humor in almost any situation.
When we talk (on the phone mostly, because we live so very many miles apart) she is honestly interested in my perspective, often because it is so different from hers. She has a knack for bringing to light varying aspects of a subject or situation that I had not considered.
She is most often the one I think of to call when I need to talk through something with another woman. She has a way of helping me work, step by step, through whatever it is I’m dealing with. Her spiritual vision and insight have helped me countless times when I couldn’t see my way clearly.
I love her with all my heart and I am so grateful that God gave her to me as a sister.