At the Consilium Lake with Diane Bailey


The Consilium is a place where women of wisdom meet to share their Christian faith, the reasons for their hope, and stories from real life experiences that will have you hugging, crying and happy.

As women of wisdom, we are commissioned in Titus 2:3 to be leaders and mentors. We are the older women who have been through many difficulties and celebrations in life. We combine our experiences and life lessons and use them to serve others.

Just as Jesus, the greatest leader and mentor of all, wrapped himself in a servant’s garment, then took a bowl (possibly olive wood), to wash the feet of those he led, we do the same as we bend our knees to take a seat next to another woman and listen.

Let us wash each other’s feet down by the lakeside of the house, by sharing our stories, the reasons for our hope, the purpose of our faith, and encouragement for the journey ahead of each of us.

If you look closely at our logo, you will see a wood grain in the background. This logo is on an olive wood bowl, a reminder of the Lord washing the feet of his disciples. That is who we are as Consilium Women of Wisdom.

At the Consilium Lake by Diane Bailey

The olive wood bowl is not seen except for those looking for it. Serving others, washing their feet and wounds is a quiet gift we give to them, bringing no attention to ourselves but allowing others to receive the gift of Christ’s love through us.

The Olive Tree has both a sentimental and religious significance in the Judeo-Christian faith. In the Old Testament, its oil was used to anoint prophets and kings and to light the lamps at the temple of God in Jerusalem. It was also used for nourishment, healing and cleansing, lighting, and symbolic purposes.

Later in the New Testament, Jesus Christ was described as the “Anointed One” the Messiah, Christians were called Nozreem or Masseheen, which in Aramic and Arabic means anointed with olive oil. Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan who used the oil for healing. (source here)

When Jesus went to Jerusalem, he went up to the Mount of Olives where he prayed and taught his disciples the word of God. The agony of our Lord was in the midst of many of these olive wood trees in the Garden of Gethsemane where He prayed asking His Father, “Let this cup pass from me but not My will but Yours be done.”

An olive tree grows twisted and pitted as if it has experienced and carried the suffering of the world on its shoulders. I wonder, when Christ knelt in the garden beside these trees, did he recognized himself?

As does Christ our example, we bend our knees to listen to the stories of women and help them draw closer to the Father.

The Consilium is open to all women who are seeking a community of Christian women.

We have also created a prayer room. Simply knock and the door will be opened to you.

Please leave a comment and jump into this group of women. I have no doubt you are a woman of wisdom too!


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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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