Monday, November 1, 2010

paul, barnabas, and timothy

dear emily,

i am going to try to harness myself to writing a weekly post
for young moms, "monday's mentoring mommy moment."
how's that for an alliteration?  it's my prayer that other older
moms will also chime in with their two cents  and bless your
socks off.

hans says that everyone needs a paul, barnabas, and timothy
in their life.

the view from my brazilian room
paul is that older, wiser one who has something to teach us.  i
lean on many older women who have set a fine example for me
to "love my husband and  children, to be self-controlled and
pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, etc." (titus 2:4)  they
encourage me, pray for me, and give me great advice.

barnabas is the friend who is basically in the same boat and has
children the same age.  my 'barnabases' have been my best
friends for over twenty years.  their kids call me by my first
name, and i hope their grandkids will too!  these are the ones i
complain to when hans has to go out of town again,  i blow it
with the kids, or i want to strangle a teacher.   

last, but not least, is timothy.  it's so sweet to have a younger
woman to pass along the privilege of raising children and a
husband.  :)  she will force us to really examine ourselves and
our relationships, which is good for us.  how can we tell an over
worked young thing to do something that we have never done?

you, sweet emily, are sandwiched in between me and my girls.
how precious is that?  we are paul, barnabas, and timothy.



Crown of Beauty said...

Hi I have read up on the posts I missed since I last visited two weeks ago.

Lovely posts about brazil, and lovely pictures too!


I appreciated your post about paul, timothy and barnabas.

Welcome back!


Joan Elizabeth said...

That is a really great application of the Bible personalities. I think I have been lacking in doing all three things (not about parenting having not walked that walk) but life in general. Something to think about, it's never too late to start.

Sandy said...

Such a sweet post today. I enjoyed
Your children are very fortunate
to have you as their mother, Lea.
We are also fortunate to have you
pass along your wisdom to all of
us, regardless of our age.

Single and Sane said...

Yesterday's sermon was about those relationships that we need in our lives - the focus was on David and the men who surrounded him, but Paul's relationships with Barnabas and Timothy were mentioned, too. I love the way you applied them in your life.


I Love Pretty Little Things said...

What a wonderful post! Women friends of all ages keep us all younger and wiser. To be mentored or to mentor is such a wonderful gift!

Ruth said...

Hi Lea... i simply love this post. thank you so much for inspiring me. i must tell you you are one of the Pauls to me...


High Heeled Life said...

Wonderful post ... your words of wisdom and life always inspire me! Happy All Saint's day my friend... xo HHL

Farm Girl said...

Lovely post! I do think all you say is so wise. I know I wouldn't have made the choices I did if not for the influence of the older women God brought into my life. I think I will enjoy your Monday Mentoring posts. As I am sure Dear Emily will with her lovely sixth in her arms.

Southern Lady said...

Well said! We all need those around us who will inspire us and those whom we shall inspire. Carla

Vickie said...

Such a great post, Lea - this is so personal to me at my time in life! I'm where you are - I have my "pauls" and my "barnabases" and my "timothys". We do need all three, don't we! I'm off to think about this some more and to give thanks for all these different stages in my life, AND to be thankful for the people in my life!

koralee said...

I love this post! I so agree we all need a paul...barnabas and timothy in our lives. I feel blessed to have all these relationships.....

Novemeber hugs sweet one. xoxoxo

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Great post...what a gift you have. I love the description! How blessed also to have friends for over 20 years..we live in such a moving society that that alone is a true miracle.
Love the picture from your trip.

Sonja said...

there you have it... the perfecr sandwich! :)

Rachel said...

So very true! How we need those people in our lives. Okay, so I'm really starting to miss my Barnabas!

Jenners said...

I love this thought ... I do think we all need types of people in our lives.

Gloria said...

What a wonderful idea you have, and so biblical to do this.
It also reminded me of Jan Karon's Mitford book. Father Tim named his dog Barnabas for this reason...:) Very sweet!
May God bless you as reach out to those young mothers.

Have a wonderful evening!
and...thanks for praying for my daughter Beth, and her baby Sophie..I appreciate it so much. God has been so good to all of us!!!
xoxo Gloria

Uncanny Colleen said...

From a "Timothina":

I appreciate your encouragement and prayer!

My name is PJ. said...

I really enjoyed this, Lea and I never thought of it this way. Excellent!!!

Bree said...

thank you lea for the gift He has placed upon your heart-your words continually bless me! praying for you this morning, may it be bright and cheery in His word!

vivek said...

Hi Lea,
How are you and everyone around. Its been a long time since i've been into this blogosphere, especially urs which i missed very much. My Mom is doing well recovering still but much better. As u know Moms always tries to do some work even she is not well, but thats howz this goes.

Now I'll try to be regular over here n will be my pleasure and thanks a lot for your wishes which are working great.

You have got a great idea, wish you the very best,take care keep smiling..
See you soon.

vivek said...

Hi Lea,
How are you and everyone around. Its been a long time since i've been into this blogosphere, especially urs which i missed very much. My Mom is doing well recovering still but much better. As u know Moms always tries to do some work even she is not well, but thats howz this goes.

Now I'll try to be regular over here n will be my pleasure and thanks a lot for your wishes which are working great.

You have got a great idea, wish you the very best,take care keep smiling..
See you soon.

myletterstoemily said...


i adore father tim AND his barnabas!

thanks for reminding me of them.

{Jodie} said...

So true... and I'm glad for the internet too, that sometimes we're able to find Barnabuses even here... like YOU!

It's no substitute for Barnabuses in 'real life', but it's a nice addition. 'Course if I had my druthers, I'd have you here in living color!

You're right though. All 3 are very important. I wonder that anyone could do life well any other way.

Uncanny Colleen said...


I'd be honored for you to link to my blog for a Monday's Mentoring Mommy Moment. (Did I get that right? I'm suddenly craving M&Ms!)

By the way, my little guys all have big Bible names. Joseph, Gideon (who's middle name is Joshua...I think we should have given more consideration to the combination of two mega-warrior names), Jeremiah and Caleb. Seems to make "Larry" and "Colleen" seem a little below par...but, I suppose that it's another reminder that we have this treasure in jars of clay!

Much love - Colleen

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I love and value my Paul, Barnabas, and Timothy friends. In this season, I'm especially enjoy the Timothys. I never thought of myself as a mentoring sort of gal; I suppose I wasn't old enough at that time, but now I'm rounding the bend in that department and find a great delight in touching the hearts of young women and men.

You're doing such a superb job of mentoring young Emily.

Keep to it.


Meg said...

What a sweet post! I'm thankful to have very many Pauls and a few Barnabas' in my life. And one day I hope to have a few Tims as well.

I loved your interpretation of my dream! What a wonderful way to think of it. Thank you so much for that!

Have a wonderful day!

My name is PJ. said...

Lea, You have no email linked to your blog, so I'm stopping by to tell you that you may link to my blog anytime.

Lana said...

Dear Lea, I never thought of it in that way. Now that you have brought this to my attention, I can think of several Pauls, Barnabases, and Timothys. I always come away from your blog with such a blessing. :)

myletterstoemily said...

thanks, pj!

Maria said...

Yes, as with all the others here ~ it's wonderful to have women of all ages in our circle of friends ...
When my oldest, Amanda, started teaching, I mentored her every day ~ throughout the year...
Now, she has become my mentor... Amanda has been adding new life into my teaching.

What a great post!
I hope you are enjoying your stay in Brazil! How exciting!
*blessings always*

Lana said...

Lea, it's me again. I wanted to send you an email, but couldn't find it in your profile. If you wouldn't mind writing to me so that I may send you the message, my email is honeysucklelane (at)

Thanks! :)

Mountain Mama said...

AMEN! We need those paul's, barnabas', and timothy's in our life. Each one as important as the other.
Thanks for sharing.


~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

a g r e a t post, Lea. I'm so with you and the other lovely ladies commenting here. Different ages go PERFECT together. My life is enriched!
Have a most wonderful Wednesday. xxxx

Rosie said...

Yes dear Emily, you really are blessed to have a precious mentor such as Lea.
Strong arms to hold you, a soft shoulder to lean on and a heart for God.
I look forward to next Monday dear heart...xoxo...Rosie

Sandra said...

What a wonderful post and bless you for your latest ministry. There are far too few older women who are able to be a Biblical and Godly example to younger women. There are far too many older women who go on "feelings" and their "opinions" rather than God's Word. There are far too many who would rather hear something nice than be convicted over un-Godly actions.
The trip to Brazil looks marvelous.
Keep on.

Darcie said...

I LOVE this post Lea. Really made me think who all those people are to me and if I am one to another. Beautiful post.

Terra said...

I admire your photos of autumn trees, and agree about Paul, Timothy and Barnabas companions. That is a sweet part of living and growing, especially for Christians.
I decided to start following your blog today.