JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-Gesturing to a box of Cocoa Krispies, Pam Tebow smiled sweetly at the memory of young, health conscious Tim Tebow sheepishly placing the cold cereal into a grocery cart because it was on sale—not realizing a young boy spotted the already popular teen football phenom shopping.
“We heard later at show-and-tell [the little boy] brought his Cocoa Krispies and said, ‘This is the cereal that Tim Tebow eats,’” Tebow laughed at a Pastors’ Wives’ Luncheon where she spoke over an hour Jan. 26 to a sold-out home-town crowd at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, where she and husband Bob are members.
Hundreds were seated around decorated tables in the sunlit lobby of the education building at the site of the 27th annual Jacksonville Pastors’ Conference to hear Tebow, whose son Tim Tebow played football for the University of Florida, winning the Heisman Trophy. Drafted to play quarterback for the NFL Denver Broncos in 2010, Tim Tebow was traded to the New York Jets in 2012.
Tebow said she got a lot of calls about having to go out and buy Cocoa Krispies.
“Women, people are watching us,” she said soberly.
Listing six ways in which women can be influential, Tebow used illustrations from her own rich spiritual life to talk about the Master, the manual, prayer, mindset, mission and passion. When each of these are put into proper perspective and developed, they can produce “positive spiritual influence,” she said, joking she also asked God for a catchphrase and came up with words following a similar pattern, “miraculous, motivating power of Christ.”
It was in Charleston, S.C., at age 12 after hearing an evangelist present the Gospel for the first time, Tebow said she met her Master. “I asked Jesus to be my Savior that day,” she said. “The Master of my life needs to be the Master of each day.”
Since that time, Tebow said she has lived a “transformed life.” Mother of five and grandmother of four, she is a former missionary to the Philippines where husband Bob Tebow still leads ministry through the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association.
Urging the women to persevere, Tebow told them she works out with small weights for small muscles, while her boys work out with large weights for larger muscles.
“Faith is like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the bigger it gets,” Tebow said.
Holding up a worn, teal-colored Bible, Tebow said it wasn’t the usual “pretty little show-Bible” she brought to speaking engagements, but the real deal and an important part of her life.
Noting a well-meaning friend recently gave her a women’s devotional, Tebow admitted her surprise at the author’s revelation that she was not a “Bible study girl,” but would rather listen to Christian CD’s and read other stuff.
“Well ladies, you have to be a Bible study girl! You have to study the Bible,” Tebow said. “This is how God has transformed me.”
“I’m desperate and I open my Bible and God gives me truth from His Word and it transforms my situation and it has an impact,” Tebow said. “We have to put it into our lives and apply it.”
Singing Scripture, including the Psalms, despite declaring she is “not musical,” Tebow said this is how she taught her children and now teaches her grandchildren the Bible – and how she continues to memorize Scripture.
Some children have security blankets and dolls, Tebow said, while what they need is the Word of God that will be with them in every season of their life and at all ages and stages. And along with incorporating Scripture into every aspect of life, comes prayer, Tebow said.
“Prayer influences us; it influences the people we pray for; it influences situations we pray for,” Tebow said, describing times she has prayed for her family members and urging women to fight for their husbands and children.
“I am determined, like in a tug-o-war, I am going to hold on and I am not going to let go,” Tebow said she has told her children. “I am not letting go of you; I am not giving you over to the world; I am holding on.”
Tebow, now a sought after speaker for prolife and women’s events, said her “mission” changed after ESPN aired a clip of an interview during the Heisman Trophy Award ceremony in 2007. Curiously, she said, it featured the Tebow’s pointedly pro-life story—an account of health challenges during her pregnancy with Tim and her ultimate decision not abort him to potentially save her life after being told he would not likely survive or would have serious problems.
Indicating it was not something she expected, Tebow acknowledged God all along had prepared her and given her the kind of passion she needs for such a schedule.
“We have to be passionate about the things God is passionate about,” Tebow said, noting the importance of using one’s influence to share the Gospel—“because it can stand alone.”
Summarizing the six points she said serve as a guide for developing a base of influence, Tebow said, God gave Himself to us so that we can know Him, trust Him, and influence others for Him.
“We have a wonderful Master who has given us a manual. He has given us the wonderful opportunity to connect with him through prayer. He’s given us the mindsets of serving, of focusing on eternal things, of opening our mouth in wisdom,” Tebow said. “He’s given us the mission [and] the purpose of being passionate about that mission.”
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