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Jody Mayhew has been a consultant and director of women’s ministries for over 30 years. As a teacher, she has carried her message of intimacy with God and a passion for His presence to four continents. In her role as women's representative for International Renewal Ministries, Jody facilitates Prayer Summits worldwide and advises leadership teams in corporate prayer. She is a founding member of Abide Ministries with the purpose of calling women to deeper relationship with the Lord and into active service in ministry. When at home in Portland, Oregon Jody ministers with her husband, Dan, teaching Bible studies, serving a traditional congregation, and coaching a community of house churches. The Mayhews have been married for 42 years and have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Daniel Chapter 1 (Pt. 2)

Jody finishes the second half of Daniel 1 today.

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Daniel Chapter 1

Fresh back from her adventure at the Grand Canyon, Jody begins the study in Daniel with the first seven verses of chapter 1.

Podcast: Acts 18

Jody continues her study of the book of Acts as she follows the journey of the Apostle Paul in Acts 18.

Podcast: Acts 17 (Pt. 3)

Jody finishes her exploration of Acts 17, Paul’s visit to Athens and his sermon at Mars Hill.

Acts 17 (Pt. 2)

Part 2 of the ongoing discussion of Acts 17, Paul’s stay in Athens and message to the council at the Areopagus.

Come Follow Me: Stages of Maturity

This post is one of the entries from Jody’s upcoming book, “Come Follow Me,” a year-long devotional based on her popular video podcast of the same name, to be released in the fall of 2016 by Two Worlds Press. 

“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace,who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” ~ I Peter 5:10


Advancing through different stages of maturity is an ongoing theme in the scriptures.  The aged Apostle John, toward the end of his life and ministry, spoke to three distinct categories of believers: little children, young men, and fathers.(I John 2:12-14)  Little children need to know, and grow in the love of the Father.  Their focus needs to rest on all that was accomplished for them at salvation.  Young men, in need of endurance, must focus on overcoming the evil one; growing in all aspects unto Him, by the power of the Word of God abiding in them.  For fathers—it’s about knowing and being known by God.  Intimacy is the result of living  and walking from the life of the Indwelling Spirit.

God’s intention is to grow us through each of these stages as ‘sons’.  When He invites us into relationship, He desires to train us as ‘sons’.  He is also a God of the process, and takes up residence within—bearing His fruit through us.


Question: Do you see evidence of these three stages of believers around you?  Why is having all three around a sign of a spiritually healthy church?