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Today’s Bible Reading: Acts 9

I love and adore all the ladies in my Group here at church. A few years ago, I told each of these dear ladies which woman in the Bible they reminded me of and explained how I came to that conclusion. The exercise made me feel so blessed to have such a wide array of women in my life who were like the amazing women in the Bible. We had an Esther, who is beautiful on the inside and outside and who has great wisdom and courage. There was a Mary, sister of Martha, who sits quietly at Jesus’s feet and listens carefully to him, because she knows what is really important. We were blessed with a Deborah, who is a fearless warrior.

Acts 9:36
There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor.

As I read this passage, I remembered the exercise and thought of a lovely woman in my life with whom God has blessed me. This wonderful woman of God, who reminds me of Tabitha, is named Zonnie Sell. When I was a teenager, I lost my Mom tragically. I was very blessed that God gave me many wonderful women to “mother” me. Around 8 years ago, I started serving at the Guest Services and met Zonnie. She volunteers in many areas at CedarCreek and the Cherry Street Mission. She is often the first to volunteer to help anyone in need, and she touches everyone she meets.

Zonnie and I became fast friends, and I asked her to mentor me. She has been such a godly influence in my life, for which I am very grateful. I really admire her, because she radiates Jesus’ peace and love. She believes as she spends time in God’s presence in Bible study, prayer, and obedience that he changes her and makes her fruitful. She is so humble that she wants her actions to bring glory to God and not herself. Zonnie has an amazing ability to help others identify their strengths and weaknesses and encourages them to step out of their comfort zone and serve others. She encourages her friends and gently prods them to pursue their Spiritual Gifts. When necessary, she’ll even correct me, but in the most loving way possible. She loves everyone she comes into contact with and accepts them for the people who God made them to be.

I often say that I want my ministry to be like hers: I want to be so close to God that he works through me to help others. I am sure when the day comes that she meets Jesus, he will say to her, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I believe it is important to have good Christian role models and mentors, like Zonnie, that point us to Jesus. Fellow Christians who are willing to help us grow closer to Jesus, encourage us to serve others, and to tell the world about Christ.

Is there someone you admire whom you could ask to mentor you? Is there someone who would benefit from your mentoring? Who in your life reminds you of Tabitha? How can you serve others and be fruitful?

Next Steps:
Make a list of people who have helped you grow closer to Jesus and thank them. Consider finding a mentor or mentoring someone. Make a list of people in need and help them in some way.

Jesus, you are so amazing. You have put kind and compassionate people in my life who help me, encourage me, mentor me, and most of all love me. I am so thankful you work through other people. Please help me to be fruitful. Please do not let me be prideful. Help my life bring glory to you, because you deserve it. Amen.

This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.

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2 replies
  1. Janis Wainwright
    Janis Wainwright says:

    I love the story that this writer shared about Zonnie and her other friends. I too have been blessed by Zonnie’s fellowship. My husband and I used to tell her that when we grow up we want to be just like her!

  2. Martha Preckler
    Martha Preckler says:

    Best article EVER, Marsha! I love you and your insights!
    Thank you for being an LIO team member
    Your forever sister,

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