Women who have influenced me. (1 of 5)


I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by some pretty spectacular people in life – men and women.  I decided to take an opportunity to celebrate a few of the women who have imparted to me throughout my life.  Any good in me is largely due to their influence.  While my mom stands in front, I’ve decided to celebrate her for a nice Mother’s Day write-up.  Besides, who else would I talk about on Mother’s Day?

So, this week is dedicated to a few of those women.

Susan Woodward (A.K.A. Mimi)

I have known Mimi since 1985.  That would have barely put me into double-digits in terms of age.  She has loved on me with the greatest of depth since that day.  She has rejoiced with me, and she has been one of my greatest encouragers when I’ve suffered. 

I’ll never forget her coming to visit me and my newborn baby boy.  While I was experiencing so many joys as a new mom, I was also enduring one of the most difficult times in my life.  I was facing life as single mother with a broken heart, and I could barely catch my breath most days.  Sitting next to me on my living room sofa, Mimi gently embraced me and said, “Dusty, one day you will look back, and this will have been only a bump in the road.”  I struggled to wrap my brain around her confidence, but I held onto to her words.  Today, I can say without hesitance, it was a bump in the road.  She believed.  She prayed.  She loved.  And, so it was.

Mimi wakes up daily with a freshness of God.  Her spirituality is truly new every morning.  She has walked with God many years and still gets excited about the things of Him.  One would think she just got saved only a week ago.

She has the purest love for the body of Christ of anyone you will ever meet.  She loves people.  She is the greatest encourager and prayer warrior.  If you ask Mimi to pray, rest assured she will.   

She lives out the 1 Corinthians 13 definition of love.  She endures all things, believes all things, and hopes all things.  Mimi’s love never fails.

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8 responses to “Women who have influenced me. (1 of 5)

  1. Dusty,
    That was a sweet, sweet Write up of Susan, she is a precious, precious woman of God, friend. I love her to pieces too! Love you!

  2. You know whats is amazing …..even though you were one of the few to say this about Susan Woodward in this arena there is many she has impacted as well through her years of consistency and encouragemant. Thank God for Susan Woodward and thank you Dusty for taking time to reconize her!

  3. Betsey

    Dusty,

    Your opinion of Susan is one many of us share. I know that there are many of us who have our own “Susan encouraging and inspiring moment.” She is such a precious woman, and you have described her well. She is a great woman to honor.

  4. What a precious lady!
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Gayla

    Mimi Susan is one of my favorites. I, too, have been on the receiving end of her encouraging words and boy has she prayed for me through the years. She and Papa Billy are gems.

  6. Mimi, if you’re reading this, I just want to say thank you for all the prayers you’ve prayed for my Dad. It means a lot.

  7. Amy Hull Watson

    I am confused?? I thought you told me that I was your number one… HUMMMM …

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