A Tribute to My Grandmother

Life has been overwhelming since I last posted. On New Years my beloved grandmother, age 93, had a mild stroke. She recovered quickly from the stroke, but unfortunately she fell during the stroke and broke her hip. She was not able to recover from that and she passed away on January 10. I would like to write a brief tribute to one of the most wonderful women I have ever known. I feel so privileged to have been her granddaughter.

My grandmother was faithful to the Lord her entire life. She faithfully prayed for each of her children and grandchildren every day. She spent about two hours a day in Bible study and prayer. She read the Bible through every year since she was 16. Every person who ever met my grandmother, whether or not they chose to love the Lord that she had given her life to, knew that she had an amazing connection with her Savior. The Lord rewarded my grandmother’s faithfulness. All of her children, children in-law and grandchildren have remained dedicated Christians. Her two sons became ministers of the gospel. Her daughter (my mother) became a nurse, so she could minister to people. One of her grandsons is studying for the ministry. The other grandchildren minister as lay people.  All of her children and married grandchildren have maintained happy first marriages. All of her great-grandchildren are being homeschooled. I know that each of us have made our own choices, but she has been such a godly influence on each of us and I know that her influence has made a difference in all of our lives. I now just pray that I can leave a legacy of godliness for my children and grandchildren (if I have any) like she left us. I’ll miss her.

In memory of my beloved grandmother

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

10 thoughts on “A Tribute to My Grandmother

  • January 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm
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    I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Your grandmother sounds like an incredible lady who blessed those around her, and was blessed by God! What a testimony to the faithfulness of God to have blessed so many generations through her life!

    May God hold you in His hands and comfort you through this time,

    Dana (www.alexml.blogspot.com)

  • January 21, 2010 at 8:08 pm
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    I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother. That was a beautiful tribute to her. We each should strive to leave a lasting legacy like her.

    Blessings,

    Penny

  • January 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm
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    I thought this was a very nice tribute to Ruth. We are all priveldged to have known her. She was an influence on my life. About your comments of wanting to be a good influence on your children-You are. Also, it will be a while before you need to be concerned about your influence on your grandchildren. Although, I have to say that time rolls around very fast.

    Love Dad

  • January 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm
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    What a wonderful tribute you wrote about Mom! How true. When I was with her the last few days in the hospital, I tried my best to make her comfortable. As I watched her I pledged my life again to be everything to my children and their children that she was to hers. As long as we are in this world, we can each look ahead to a day when we will be laying on our death bed. What will be our tribute to our families and to others? I want my life to tell for Jesus.

    Thanks again, Mother

  • January 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm
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    What an inspiring story and what a legacy. You can see the joy in her face.

    Cathy

  • January 25, 2010 at 11:31 pm
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    Hi Rhonda, sorry it's taken me so long to write here and tell you how incredibly sorry I am about your Grandmother and now also Grandpa. It's so hard to lose grandparents~they are such a treasure. Sounds like you have a wonderful assurance that you will see them again~praise the LORD!!

    Becca

    Time Well Spent

  • January 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm
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    What a blessing to have your grandmother's faith and love as your family's heritage.

  • January 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm
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    So sorry to here about your loss. What a great tribute you wrote.

  • January 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm
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    What an awesome tribute! Wish we could have met her! Our prayers are with you all at this difficult time, Rhonda. Thanks so much for putting it all into words for the rest of us!

    Yvonne Eller

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