The Legacy of Women who Love God

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My Grandmother has passed away.  At the end of life, it is customary to remember all the days before- to think about- what is my legacy?

I can tell you what my Grandmother’s Legacy was to me.  A life spent loving God, serving God, sharing God, living a life honoring Christ.  She modeled, in so many ways, a life that said God is first in my heart.

I remember waking up in the morning when we were staying with them for family holidays or trips- and finding her sitting with her Bible and devotional book and her breakfast.  I knew not to disturb her when she was having her quiet time with God.

I had the thought- and wrote it down in one of my journals I kept as a kid, that Grandma always reminded me how important it is to spend time with God every day, and to put Him first.

My Grandma was a hard worker, and she was tough.  Not that she was lacking in tenderness- there was a sweetness so beautiful in her too- but I admired her work ethic- and how much joy she took from serving her family.

Boxes full of cards can be found in storage here at the house.  Many of them are from Grandma and Grandpa.  Their messages were always heartfelt and tender- talking about missing me, being proud of me, how much they enjoyed being with me and my children.  Their joy over my marriage to Phil.

It matters.  The love of the women who have gone before me.  They have modeled for me what a Godly woman looks like.

Proverbs 31:10-12,25-31

10 A wife of noble character who can find?
   She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
   and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
   all the days of her life.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
   she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
   and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
   her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
   but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
   and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

I am humbled and honored to have known women who love the Lord and serve Him all the days of their life.  To have had the chance to talk to my grandmother about being a Mom, to hear her wisdom and advice- to pray with her.

Through the jumble of emotions, there is joy.  I know Grandma is at peace, she is in the arms of Jesus.  Her suffering is no more- and I know I will see her again someday.

I am singing the song below at my Grandmother’s funeral.

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4 Responses to The Legacy of Women who Love God

  1. Christina Branch says:

    Rachel, your words are so beautiful. You remind me of the Godly women who have gone before me and that we are not alone on our walk. I am praying for you as you grieve, but it is awesome that because of Gods sacrifice we WILL see them again!

    • Rachel says:

      You are right Christina, it is good to remember those who have come before us and their faithfulness to the Lord. Yes, I rejoice even through my tears, for I know that I will see her again.

  2. I am so sorry about your grandmother. I share similar memories of my grandmother and remember that I did not think that I could bear life without her when she passed away. She also was my model for a Christian woman and I remain forever grateful for her. What great comfort to know that we will see our grandmothers again. Thank you for sharing your feelings this day and may God give you and your family his love and peace during these days of sorrow.

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you Ouida. Joy are sorrow are mixed within me today. Thankful for all the years we had together. Your prayers are a blessing.

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