If my life were to be perfect (by my way of thinking) I would live in the mountains, or where there are trees and green, in community with strong, conservative, like-minded and biblically-based believers. There would be a pastor who shepherds his manageable flock, unified and upstanding elders to support him, and women practicing Titus II as a way of life. There would be transparency and accountability - both with love. Yes, I know I'm a dreamer. Idealistic. Most outgrow this stage in their 20's and I never did.
While I don't know about you, I've never had this. I've had bits and pieces of some of it, but not the package deal. It would be very easy to sit and cry and have a pity party, and Lord knows that's easy enough to do, but that's just too pathetic and it's not in me (most of the time) to stay there for too long.
So over the years I have built up my own team of disciplers. They are always at the ready, 24/7. I don't have to get dressed, make a phone call, or pray they're not busy, or find time in my schedule or arrange to have the car to meet them. Meetings never have to be canceled due to illness or family emergencies.
They are very convenient, and have well earned the investment made in their purchase,
and their place in my family library . . .
For digging in to what the Lord has for me~
Interlinear Greek-English New Testament
Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary
When I can't pray, the Puritans teach me~
The Valley of Vision
When I need to grow as a woman~
Female Piety ~ John Angell James
(Yes, a man! Who would have thought? Convicting stuff, this is not for wimps.)
Loving God with All Your Mind ~ Elizabeth George
On the Other Side of the Garden ~ Virginia Fugate
When I need encouragement as a wife~
The Excellent Wife ~ Martha Peace
The Fruit of Her Hands ~ Nancy Wilson
Reforming Marriage ~ Douglas Wilson
When I need encouragement as a mother~
Praise Her in the Gates ~ Nancy Wilson
When I need to train my children or am weary from doing so~
Child Training Tips ~ Reb Bradley
Raising Godly Tomatoes ~ L. Elizabeth Krueger
Raising Godly TomatoesWebsite ~ L. Elizabeth Krueger
Standing on the Promises ~ Douglas Wilson
When I need insight for the boys~
Future Men ~ Douglas Wilson
What He Must Be ~ Voddie Baucham Jr
And insight for the girls~
Beautiful Girlhood ~ Mabel Hale c/o Karen Andreola
Her Hand in Marriage ~ Douglas Wilson
When I'm a little strung out over studies~
A Charlotte Mason Companion ~ Karen Andreola
The Well Trained Mind ~ Bauer & Wise
And when I need wisdom in knowing how to direct another woman~
Spiritual Mothering ~ Susan Hunt
So what about you ~ do you have a team of disciplers on your bookshelves?
Please share them, there is always room to grow!