In the years before my first child came along, my husband and I spent a lot of time with a couple five years ahead of us in life. Ross and Jeanna’s marriage served as an example to us newlyweds. We watched as they learned how to navigate the new world of parenting. I learned so much about mothering in those five years of shadowing my dear friend.
I am sure it wasn’t easy on Jeanna to have a young married like me hanging out all the time. I am a little embarrassed now when I think about how many hours we sat smack dab in the middle of their life. But they welcomed us and showed us how to live and love in the countless hours we spent sitting around tables and televisions. Although we never gave it a formal label, my sweet friend was my mentor. She opened up her life and taught me how to live.
Sophie Hudson’s (a.k.a. Boo Mama) newest book, Giddy Up, Eunice: Because Women Need Each Other, explores the need women of all ages have to be in community with other women. Hudson points to the examples of three relationships found in scripture: Mary and Elizabeth (see Luke 1), Ruth and Naomi (Book of Ruth), and Eunice and Lois (2 Tim. 1:5). These female heroines of the faith give us twenty-first-century women something to think about. Hudson combines her humorous southern story telling with some solid teaching from scripture to make Giddy Up, Eunice her most impactful book yet.
Not sure if you need Giddy Up, Eunice? Let me assure you, Eunice is a book for every woman.
Six Women Who Need to Read Giddy Up, Eunice
(All quotes are straight from Boo Mama herself.)
The younger woman
“If there’s a downside to putting yourself in a position to honor and listen to women of faith who have so much to teach and so much to share, I can’t think of it. Unless you easily tire of older women telling you how young and cute and darlin’ you are. But that would pretty much be the only potential drawback.”
The older woman
“If you’re in a place where you feel like your usefulness (to the body of Christ) is questionable, that is a lie. These women in this room need you. The women in your church need you. We need you. You stay in it.”
The wise woman
“The areas where we are wise are meant to intersect with someone else’s questions.”
The confused woman
“The areas where someone else is wise are meant to intersect with our questions.”
The friendly woman
“Genuine friendship often compels us to meet and talk and listen and learn out of joy instead of obligation.”
The shy woman
“If we don’t open up, we can rest assured that we’ll miss out on other women’s wisdom and perspective. We might even walk around with a bunch of burdens we shouldn’t be trying to carry alone.”
I have been all of these women at some point in my life. At the risk of sounding a bit cuckoo, I am all of these women right now. I am younger in the faith, younger in my marriage, and younger in age than some of the women in my life. I gain wisdom and insight when I listen to them speak and watch the way they live. I am also older than some women in my life (and that number is growing by the year!). It is my honor and responsibility to speak truth into their lives.
Because of my years on earth, my years as a mother, and the years spent in God’s Word, I have some wisdom to share with those ladies around me. And because of my limited years on earth, my limited experience as a mother, and my limited understanding of God’s Word, I am often confused. The wise women around me untangle my confusion and help me walk in wisdom.
Sometimes, I am outgoing and friendly. Other times, I feel left out or prefer to be the wallflower (and all the ambiverts in the house shout/whisper “Amen!”). Some women will depend on my friendliness to draw them in, to give them a safe place to grow and learn. I also need those kinds of women, the ones who will carry a conversation and ask hard questions at just the right time to draw me out of hiding.
Giddy Up, Eunice confirmed the importance of seeking out a relationship with older women in my life and challenged me to give myself, my time, and my heart to younger women in my life.
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