Posts Tagged: Sisterhood

Why I Hang Out with Older Women

Why I Hang Out with Older Women www.monahodgson.com

Hello, friend.

Turns out I grew up surrounded by a treasure trove and I didn’t know it. Grandmothers, aunts, women in the church. Sunday school teachers. Camp counsellors. The youth pastor’s wife. Women who, whether they knew it or not, poured into me out of their life experience and faith in God.

Turns out I grew up surrounded by a treasure trove and I didn't know it. Click To Tweet

In my 30’s and 40’s, while in the throes of momming two tween-into-teenage girls, serving a husband who had suffered a physical disability and the loss of his career, and losing my dad and walking through my fifty-six-year-old mother’s grief with her, I discovered the value of hanging out with women older than me who could speak life and shine light on my dizzying days.In my 30's and 40's, while in the throes of momming two tween-into-teenage girls, serving a husband who had suffered a physical disability and the loss of his career, and losing my dad and walking through my fifty-six-year-old mother's… Click To Tweet

Following my husband’s discharge from law enforcement, we moved to Arizona. That’s when I met June, Jeanette, and later met MaryAnn. These were older women who had embraced the Scriptural directive that we become women worth following as imitators of Jesus the Christ.

The love and care and prayers of these women provided the green house I needed for a season of intense spiritual growth–from the inside out. The love and care and prayers of these women provided the green house I needed for a season of intense spiritual growth--from the inside out. Click To Tweet

Not long after God brought June and Jeanette and MaryAnn into my life, He also stitched my heart to Karen O’s heart. A leader at a speakers’ conference put us together as prayer partners. Nearly 20 years later, we still connect through email at least once a quarter with updates, praises, and prayer requests.

There was no denying the reassurance I felt knowing that someone more seasoned than I, whose faith has been more tested than mine and strengthened again and again is praying with me and for me.

There was no denying the reassurance I felt knowing that someone more seasoned than I, whose faith has been more tested than mine and strengthened again and again is praying with me and for me. Click To Tweet
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How to Listen Like the Best Friend Ever

How to Listen Like the Best Friend Ever www.monahodgson.com

Nothing like a lesson in listening during lunch on a Thursday with me, myself, and I.

I ordered my Chili’s menu favorite—Caribbean Salad with Grilled Chicken. Next, I pulled a file folder from my tote, ready to edit a book chapter while waiting for the greens adorned with pineapple, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, green onions, cilantro, chicken, and more.

Before I got my head into marking up the manuscript, my 30-something waitress greeted her customer and friend seated in the booth in front of mine. A couple minutes later, she slid onto the bench across from her older friend and began recounting a personal saga that involved her troubled teenage son.

I perused the pile of papers in my folder while employing a few techniques I learned as a writer studying people for character research.

Here’s what I observed:

The listening friend’s chin drooped.

Her eyes narrowed in empathy.

A sad sigh lifted her shoulders and dropped them.

Her hand reached across the table to lock fingers with her friend.

Her mouth seldom moved as she listened. What?!

That’s what compassion and sisterhood look like. That’s what we want in a best friend, right? (more…)

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