Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Blessed Life

{95th birthday}

Doesn't my Grandma look amazing in this picture taken just a couple years ago from her 95th birthday?  Hard to believe she was five years from 100 and still looking so beautiful.  That is the testimony of a life well lived.  A blessed life that exudes sweetness on the face and lots of love with every smile.  A few days after the new year my Grandma went to be with the Lord.  She was 97.  We knew her time was getting short and the Lord was gracious to give us time to see her one last time.  And we got to introduce our daughter to her right before Christmas.  Grandma Jean was an August baby just like our sweet Sienna.

There are a few things I'll always remember about Grandma.  She was a reader.  She always had a book sitting on her kitchen table that she was working on.  That is why she was so sharp because she kept her mind alert.  After I witnessed her love of reading year after year, it motivated me to become more disciplined and read more.  My aunt recently told me that Grandma would spend an hour a day reading her Bible.  What a wonderful way to spend your time and it showed.

Grandma was one of the sweetest ladies I've ever known.  She was so pleasant to be around.  She had a large family and everyone loved being around Grandma.  That's the picture of how I would like my life to look... lots of family that LOVE being around me.  I remember our last morning together gathered around her kitchen table on a snowy December morning.  I read Psalm 91, Psalm 23 and Romans 8 to her before my dad prayed over her.

"He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall he not with Him also freely give us all things?  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  ... in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life... shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."  

After these words she said, "that is so beautiful."  Yes, Grandma, God's Word is beautiful and so are you.  You are loved and you are missed.  We'll be seeing you again soon.  

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