Sis. Liz Mauldin
Liz Mauldin is originally from Scottsville, Kentucky. When she was 10 years old, her dad answered God’s call and moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas. It was there that they began Grace Apostolic Tabernacle in their garage in 1982 with 18 people. She met her husband, Harold, at church, and they started dating in 1990. A month or so before her 18th birthday, he called her and asked, “How old of a person would you date?” Knowing he was 23 years old, she said “24.” Their first date was to a southern gospel concert with their whole church. By date, I mean he was allowed to drive her there and sit by her. It must have been a good date because they married six years later. They have two kids: Derek and Jared. Sis. Liz was the President of the A.B.of C. Ladies Ministry for 10 years. She and her husband pastor Grace Apostolic Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
What is a piece of advice that has affected your life?
There have been two different pieces of advice that have affected my life. The first was from my Grandmother Keen, which is my mother’s mother. She wrote me a letter before I went off to college. In it she said, “Don’t let them change you.” I have always remembered that. She was a kind, simple woman full of love and country wisdom. She had ten kids and raised them all. I have always remembered those words of wisdom she gave to me before I went off to college. I lived away from home, which I had never done, for three years. I came home for church, of course. But I was alone at college. I didn’t go to school with anyone from church, I didn’t have any friends, and I was very quiet person. There were plenty of opportunities to do things that I had never been exposed to. I can honestly remember being in situations and thinking, “My grandparents could be watching me. My dad, Lord forbid, could be watching me. And if he wasn’t- God would give him a dream about what I was doing.” That piece of advice affected me a lot during the time that I left home and went off to college.
The second saying that has stayed with me is something my Dad wrote, “Work smarter not harder.” That is one thing that for the last ten years I have kept for myself. I try to find better ways of doing things. I try to make sure I am not wasting my time. Whether it’s in life, at home, or at work, I try to work smarter and not get so stressed out about things. Everything is not worth all of the work. Take things a little bit easier and enjoy life.
What is a great piece of advice you were given as a mother?
“The laundry and the house can wait; enjoy the kids.” I give that out frequently to new moms because it is true.
Is there a boundary in your life that is non-negotiable?
My doctrinal beliefs, of course. I believe in the name of Jesus and baptism in Jesus’ name and no one can change me on that. There are a lot of personal boundaries that I have kept from my youth up. I have my own personal convictions that may not be someone else’s, but they keep me rooted and grounded.
What scripture have you stood on in your life or has meant the most to you?
Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Honestly, they vary at different stages in life. I have several that I go to. Philippians 4:13 is one. I know that one is used over and over, but it is the one that has carried me the most through every aspect of life from my youth forward. There have been so many things that have happened in my life that I didn’t think I could do or face, but I’ve always gone back to that scripture and known that He will give me strength through it all. I’ve always thought if He has given this to be done, it will be accomplished through His strength.
Where do you pray? What are your study habits?
I don’t really have a specific prayer place. I pray in my recliner in the morning before everyone gets up when it is quiet. I pray in my car and also at the church because I am there when most people are not. I will stop and pray at work. One day, I had been listening to gospel music at work and the Holy Ghost began to move on me. I thought, “I have got to get out of here before it happens (speaking in tongues).” I ran to the bathroom to have a little church. So, I don’t really have a specific room for prayer, it’s more of a timing thing.
As far as study habits, I do better if something just comes to heart or mind and I study it out, or if I am preparing for class, I will study what God impresses me to teach. If I read a scripture and become curious about a word or topic, I will study that out. For me, there are two different types of reading. A daily read or light read and a meat read. The meat read is where you learn, get more in depth, and really study it out. You can see in my notebook, there might be two or three different things that I have been studying out for a while from my meat reads. There are scriptures that I study and feel that God reveals them to me that I would not share or teach on. That’s between Him and me. I do use my Bible app to read along with or listen to on the way to work. My voice on the reader is set at .75x speed and with an English accent. It makes scriptures sound like an old James Bond is reading. I guess, I’m a multitask reader/studier.
What do you think makes a strong woman, and is there a woman who embodies that quality to you?
A strong woman is a humble woman. The Bible tells us that a meek and quiet spirit is of great value. I like to say, “Meekness doesn’t mean weakness.” Meekness is a powerful thing. There are so many ladies that I know who are powerful women. The elders in my life whose walk with God has survived the test of time and are still going strong are strong women to me. There is a lady in our church, Sis. Jessie, who is 94. She is our last original church member who started with us in the garage. Of course, my mother. Those are two meek women who love the Lord and are strong. You can’t tell them anything different. They are convinced and persuaded. A persuaded woman is a strong person. We are all to be persuaded. A persuaded woman who is humble and meek is a valuable woman. The don’t have to be a loudmouth. They don’t have to be up front leading the band. They just have to be persuaded.
Do you make free time for yourself? If you have free time what do you do?
That is something that I need to work on. If I do get to take some time for myself, I like the outdoors. I like to walk and enjoy nature and things like that. I do not like shopping. I would much rather make memories with my family than to have a bunch of free time. I’ll do free time when I’m older and grayer.
Besides Christianity and marriage, what was the best decision you ever made?
The decision to go to college and become a nurse was a good decision: a God decision. Other than that, the decision to not be afraid to step out and go a mission trip. I stepped out and did something different, even when I was nervous and others were nervous for me. I went on a mission trip to Sis. Mary Mitchell’s in 2015 with my Mom, Terra Goodin, and Sis. Karen Lanning. I cannot explain what the Lord did for me there, but it changed my life and worship. I was scheduled to go to Honduras with Celebrating Teachers at the first of March, right when COVID hit. Praise the Lord that date was moved before the travel restrictions. But I am waiting and anticipating for this work to resume and see what God will do.
Was there a season in your life that contributed to your strength?
Yes, there have been many seasons in my life that have contributed to my strength. Each of the seasons have shown me a different attribute of God. It’s not that I was strong in each of these seasons, but they showed me His strength and how to depend on Him. When we are weak, He is strong. He has brought me through each season. Every season that I have walked through has helped me become a strong and persuaded person in the Lord.
Strong women are persuaded believers.
Sis. Liz described the strong women in her life as meek and persuaded, which is exactly how I would describe her. What a perfect piece of advice she shared with us concerning motherhood, “The laundry and house can wait; enjoy the kids.” I can remember thinking as a small child how long a year was. Now, it feels like they come and go so quickly. As I grow older, time seems to fly by. I feel like I was just a senior in high school, and now I’m a senior in college? That’s crazy. As I watch the young couples in our church grow their families with new babies, I realize just how fast those babies grow up. So, this blog is dedicated to all the moms of young babies. Days may seem long, and I am sure that you are exhausted, but one day you will look back and think the years felt like minutes. The laundry you’re stressing over can wait and so can the dishes. You don’t have to have the perfect house, or even be the perfect mom…just be present in the moment and those moments will live on forever.