My mum (step mum) inspires me to think outside the box and be creative with both giving to people, bringing in income, and organising my home. She is ultra-creative and through the years whilst looking after all of us kids, she has found different ways to bring in income. She also inspires me to think beyond myself, whether it’s picking up the local bakery bread and sweets that didn’t sell to then distribute to the low income families in our area, or how she tirelessly prepares my sister's meals (who is severely brain damaged and requires full time care from both mum and dad), and constant medication. She is a true Proverbs 31 woman in the flesh. She is generous in both her time and talents. I’m so grateful God brought her into my life.
My Biological Mum
My mum is no longer on this earth as she passed away at the tender age of 37, but her pioneering spirit continues to inspire me. She planted a church, released five worship albums, had four kids, and travelled extensively as a worship artist and a preacher in her 37 years. She was by default, a pioneer for women in the church in the 70s, and nothing would slow her down! When I feel like I can’t do something, I remember where I came from. She planted a church, made music, travelled, preached, was a great mum, and all with no extended family around. I’m blessed to come from such a rich heritage.
Joyce Meyer inspires me to keep growing. When I first heard her story I felt like “this is someone who is a little like me!” She has been through a lot and walked in the side effects of that for years, but she has worked hard and sought God’s Word to grow and heal. I love her practical teaching and her constant message of YOU CAN CHANGE. From when I came back to know Jesus until now, she has been a constant encouragement to me through her teaching, books, podcasts and preaching.
Ps Kirrily Lowe has been my pastor since I came to know Jesus in 2004. She has influenced me in great ways, mostly without even speaking. She has been my closest example of how a God-loving and God-fearing woman lives, speaks, reacts, loves and gives. She has been with me from the very beginning when I walked into church with a hangover and wearing something entirely inappropriate (!) to now being my biggest supporter as I preach the Word of God. Her grace for people and her forgiving spirit has been a great example to me over the years. She has taught me how to love people the way God loves them and how to see people the way God sees them.
Last, but certainly not least, is one of my sponsored children, Antonette. She inspires me because she is a constant reminder of how blessed I am to be born in a first world country—even the poorest of Australia is in the top five per cent of wealth in the world. She is a constant reminder of how easy it is to go beyond myself and impact someone else's world. She reminds of the “big picture” of my purpose here on earth. She brings me much joy and I can’t wait to meet her in person.
Words by Emma Mullings