Lessons From My Grandmother

My Nannie and Granddaddy, when they got engaged.

The more years that I add to my life, the more I realize the wisdom of my grandparents. I was blessed with wonderful grandparents that were of the generation that worked hard, loved quietly, stayed steady, and complained little. I was young, self-absorbed, and took them for granted. But I loved them, nevertheless, and I pray that they knew that.

As hard days seem never-ending and compounding lately in our country and our world, I have particularly been thinking about my maternal grandmother, who we all called Nannie. She was born in 1902, into a big family. She faced many early hardships and losses. Family losses, major moves, the Great Depression, both World Wars.

But through it all, she kept going. She worked hard. She loved her family. She didn’t quit.

I am remembering, and I will try to do the same. Here are some random memories and lessons I have been thinking of:

  1. Hard work helps to overcome anxieties. Nannie must have had anxieties, but she worked. Hard. Cooking, canning, sewing, mending, babysitting grandchildren. And when she sat, she kept her mind busy with constant crossword puzzles.
  2. Saving things for a rainy day is a good idea. Having gone through the depression and WWII, Nannie knew about economic challenges and shortages. She saved foil and plastic bags. She would wash them carefully, dry them, and fold to use again. She reused gift wrap and bows. She had reusable glass jars and wooden pegs and rope. We used to laugh about all the things Nannie had in her basement, but now I understand. She was ready for anything. She did not waste and randomly buy new things. She was careful with the family money.
  3. Music helps to calm and buoy the soul. Nannie loved music, especially the tunes of her Irish grandmother. She would hum them frequently, and loved watching The Lawrence Welk Show and Joe Feeney.
  4. Loving your husband, your children, and your grandchildren is a noble and wonderful thing. Nannie and Granddaddy met each other in 6th grade, and loved each other almost immediately. He loved her smile. They didn’t get married until she was twenty-five for various reasons, but they had a solid, steady relationship. The biggest smile I ever saw on Nannie’s face was one particular Christmas, when he held her hand, and she smiled at him. They were usually so busy, that I had never seen that before. But it deeply affected my child’s heart. Nannie showed her love to her children and grandchildren by cooking amazing foods, sewing them clothes, mending, being there always.
  5. Church and her faith in God were her bedrock. Nannie loved her church, her church family, her God. She always talked to us about it, and was a faithful member all her life. She is now a citizen of Heaven, and I so look forward to seeing her again. As the days continue, I am more and more thankful for my church family. They are there for us, supporting and praying. This will become more and more vital as these days become very challenging.

I could write on and on with many more lessons from my grandmother. I’m sure many of you also have wonderful memories and lessons from your grandparents. I would dearly love to hear any of them that you would care to share.

Love and blessings to you, Lisa

Look Up!

The Virginia afternoon sky

Between personal family concerns, gas shortages, and world conflicts, I was feeling burdened and anxious today. Too much news and too little God. The fastest way for me to shut down these worries is to go outside. I just spent a glorious hour in God’s sunshine, looking up. Looking up at the sky, the clouds, the mountains, the birds. Feeling God’s breeze upon my face. Here are some wonderful verses that He placed in my mind as I enjoyed the hour. Hope they encourage you as well.

The sky:

“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” – Luke 21:28

” ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’ ” -Acts 1:11

The mountains and hills:

“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” -Psalm 121:1

“Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God.” -Psalm 90:2

The birds:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” -Matthew 5:25-27

Thank You, Lord, for Your reminders to me to look up. Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Love, Lisa

Unbiased

When a person is analyzing an issue fairly, they look for unbiased truth. No commentary, no opinions, no slant. It is the only way to see a problem and possible solutions in a clear light. One of the most frustrating parts to me of this whole pandemic and the resulting world chaos has been finding the truth. Which news coverage is unbiased? Who has no hidden agenda in their reporting? What can we believe?

I am a person who would definitely like to know these answers. But I truly believe that there are no unbiased news sources anymore, unfortunately. There are news sources that I agree with more than others, but all have their slant, their bias, their worldview.

The only truly unbiased source of truth that I have found is found way outside of the news realm. It is the Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of Heaven and Earth, Judge of all, Savior and Redeemer. He has been here long before we all were, and will be here when the end of this world comes. He will be our God through all of eternity. He will create a new heaven and a new earth, one with no viruses, no bad politicians, no confusion, no pain, no crying. He will wipe away every tear and answer every question.

“I AM the way,

the truth,

and the life.

No one comes to the Father but through Me.” -John 14:6

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32

Virginia springtime

Look for the truth, seek Him, and He will give you peace in these troubled times. Because our times, our histories, our stories, are all in His hands. Love, Lisa

The Veil

Dalkey, Ireland

“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.” – 1 Corinthians 13:12a

“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” – 1 John 3:2

“I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6

“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit. At that moment the curtain [veil] of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.” – Matthew 27:50-52

So many mysteries and questions that we, as human creations, have. But all of the mysteries and questions are answered in one name alone: the Lord Jesus Christ.

Open the door. He is there, waiting for you, because He loves you so very much.

Love, Lisa