By: Julie Paulsen
As many of you know, I’m in the way, way, Beyond Bath Time season! But I can still get down on my knees by the tub to scrub-a-dub-dub our grandchildren! I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Dorothy, who is in the stage of life where all she can do is scrub behind a child’s ear, so to speak. But at the age of 97 this woman of God is so much more to her family and friends. On Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m., she sits by me at our weekly prayer meeting where I glean first hand from her humble wisdom poured out from a life lived by faithfully walking and talking with God.
Dorothy is leaving soon to winter in Florida. Her presence will be deeply missed by all who attend our prayer group. Sadly, our Midwest winter is hard on her frail body, so we reluctantly give her up to the warmer climate.
I want to be like Dorothy, who 59 years ago was my 3 year old Sunday School teacher!
Study her in the picture above. See that she’s talking to God by voice, mind and by using her hands. She is connected in prayer!
Notice, on her lap is a prayer list which she prays over not only on Wednesday morning, but every day of the week. Recently she asked us, “When can you take a prayer request off of your list?”, and then commented, “I just can’t stop praying for things until they’re answered.” She is tenacious in prayer!
Something you can’t see, or hear, is how Dorothy breaks out in scripture while praying. Her favorite and most recited is Psalms 91:1-2, He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. She knows the Word!
Also unnoticed in this picture is the old-fashioned, aluminum hair clip curler, right by her glasses, still holding a curl in place! Sometimes I tell her it’s there and other days I just let it go. I love this especially because it shows that Dorothy comes to the Throne of Mercy just as she is! She is humble!
Dorothy will be missed over the winter months. She often prays for her church family in Florida and I’m sure they are awaiting her arrival this week. I am assured she prays for us over the winter. We all look forward to seeing Dorothy next spring, if the Lord wills!
Dear ones of all ages, we can all be like Dorothy right now, in all of our seasons. Stay connected to God in prayer. Don’t stop praying. Know the Word and come humbly before the Throne. These traits will take you from your current “bath time” years, right into eternity!
JULIE PAULSEN is a mom to three grown daughters and the grandma to 12, almost 13! For her “empty nest” years she has invested her time in serving as a MOPS mentor mom and is passionate about prayer, revival, and living out the Titus 2 mandate. You can read her blog at: Laughing At Winter.