Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint

#3-Pass The Story Down

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<<Legacy

Tell your children about it in the years to come, and let your children tell their children.
Pass the story down from generation to generation (Joel 1:3 NLT).

“Grandma, do you know everywhere you walk, you leave your footprints?” Looking down, I saw a perfect set of footprints on the freshly carpeted floor. My granddaughter was right— and her words gripped my heart. She was watching my every move, even where I walked, and the footprints I left behind. It made me wonder—what kind of impression am I leaving on the hearts of my grandchildren?  

Someone said,  “A child is born only once, but a grandparent is reborn with each new grandchild”.  How True! Grandchildren have the ability to pour new life into grandparents.

There’s just no greater joy than spending time with them. My husband, Dave and I never cease to be excited about having the grand-kids come for a visit. We may sometimes be tired when they leave to go home…but its the most rewarding tired there is! It doesn’t take long for us to rest up and we’re ready for them to come again!

I think of my own grandmother…Grandma Biggs was the happiest when she was with her children and grandchildren, yet the joy of the Lord remained constant in her life no matter whom she was with. My greatest childhood memories are wrapped in the love and joy I felt when I went to grandma’s house.

I was always greeted with a joyful smile and big hug. Her laughter was contagious—her love unconditional. In her eyes, I could do no wrong. Grandma was always there for me—to listen—to pray—to encourage.

Grandma Biggs

Even after she died, memories of her life were a constant source of encouragement. When life’s challenges left me shaken in faith… and in need of wisdom….I asked myself, “What would Grandma want me to do”.

I knew the answer even as I asked it. This loving fortress of a woman would encourage me to look to the Lord for strength and direction. He’s the One who remains constant through all the seasons of our lives. He’s the One who forgives and loves unconditionally….And gives grace to help us do the same for others. He’s the One who promised to make all things work together for good to those who love Him.

I always wanted to be like my grandmother and confess I have a ways to go. I struggle at times to forgive and love unconditionally…yet Jesus stands ready to show me how to love and forgive others…as He has loved and forgiven me. I struggle at times to choose joy—yet He continues to send His, when mine runs low.

I know He hears my heart’s cry. I know He loves and forgives me. I know my life is a work in progress…

And so is yours. He will complete the work He started in me—and in you!

The old song, “It Is No Secret…what God can do. What’s He’s done for others, He’ll do for you. With arms wide open, He’ll pardon you. It is no secret, what God can do.” * It’s an old song, but still  relevant for today.

Jesus is the True Joy Giver for all who come to His table of Grace. 

Do you sometimes struggle to leave loving impressions on the hearts of others? If so, please join me at the throne of Grace where our Advocate Jesus Christ intercedes for us.

Lord, you know we sometimes fail to love others. How we need your grace to love and forgive as you do.  May we be found faithful to follow and love you all our lives. Help us leave loving footprints of the Savior on the hearts of others… and for generations to come. Amen. 

*It Is No Secret What God Can Do – Stuart Hamblin

 

15 thoughts on “#3-Pass The Story Down

  1. This is beautiful, Glenda. Each one of us will someday be somebody’s memory . . . a legacy to our grandchildren, and one from our grandparents. You are rich! (and so am I). Thank you for a precious reminder of what we receive from others . . . and give back . . . a loving legacy.

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  2. OH MY, WHAT WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF YOUR PRECIOUS GRANDMOTHER, GLENDA. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DESCRIPTION YOU HAVE OF HER LIFE. SHE AND YOUR MOTHER HAVE LEFT A WONDERFUL LEGACY OF GENERATIONS TO COME. DID I TELL YOU WE HAVE 3 MORE GRANDS NOW. EVERYTHING WAS FINAL MONDAY AT 3:30 P.M. WE HAVE BEEN CELEBRATING ALL WEEK. IT’S LIKE CHRISTMAS!

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  3. Norma, so happy to hear about 3 more grands being legally added to your family. They are yours now and I am sure the wait has been worth it all. Merry Christmas indeed, you have been lavished with extravagant love! Thank you for stopping by and sharing this morning! Love you!

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  4. I love that photo, Glenda. Brings back memories of my own grandmothers! I’m not a grandparent yet, but I’m already thinking about the legacy I want to leave. I love the words to a choir anthem we used to sing back in the 80s: May all who come behind us find us faithful!

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    • Susan, I pray God will bless you with many grandchildren…you’ve already started your legacy. Oh yes, I love that song too! It’s just the message we want to leave for “all who come behind us”. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  5. Hi Glenda,

    Love the snow pics!

    I’m just at that place where I’m gearing up to be in Grandma mode. Daughter #1 just celebrated her 1st anniversary with her wonderful husband, and although they’re not “ready” yet, I know she’s got the fever. At 24, a lot of her friends already have children of their own and she’s tired of being the babysitter:-) But all that’s to say, it’s an interesting place for me to be in, because growing up on the mission field, I had very little interaction with my grandparents. We had “replacements” on the field – older missionary couples who doted on us – but my relationships with my real grandparents was through letters and rare (every four years) visits. Instead of looking at it in a bad way, however, I look at it like I do my adopted status – that I have no “predisposed” family traits I must comply to/with and therefore, I am free to be the best Grandma I can be in CHRIST. And boy, as I think about the time coming ahead, I’m excited. Thanks for sharing your heart today.

    Hugs,
    Becky

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    • Becky, I agree, you are free to be the best grandma in Christ. May He grant you many grandchildren to love and leave His footprints on their hearts. Thanks for stopping by and warming mine! Hugs

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  6. Glenda, this is wonderful! When our first grandchild was born, I told the Lord that there must be some way to describe the emotions and event of holding that baby for the first time. He whispered in my spirit, “Nan, think of all the double blessings (portions) I gave My children throughout My Word. A grandchild is precisely that – a double blessing. All the love you have for your child is doubled in your grandbabies.” Isn’t that beautiful? Thank you for your thought-provoking words. Bless you!

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    • Nan, It’s true, our love for our children is doubled through their children. I know of no greater blessing than to be a grandmother! Thanks for stopping by and warming my heart today. Hugs

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  7. Sweetie, I finally got on my computer so I can reply. I remember Grandma Biggs so much! This is a beautiful blog. Love you!

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  8. Grandma, I absolutely LOVE this last post! Your writing has encouraged me and many others. Sadly, I have never met Great-Grandma Biggs (Pa-Paw or Ma-Maw), although I know that one day I will be able to rejoice with them in heaven! I have always cherished our many “visits to Grandma’s house”, we always create so many wonderful memories, each and every time! I’m looking forward to our next visit over Thanksgiving! LOVE YOU!

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    • OH MY GOODNESS, HANNA! WHAT A DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE TO FIND YOUR COMMENT HERE THIS MORNING! YES, ONE DAY YOU WILL SEE YOUR GREAT GRANDMOTHER AND GREAT-GREAT GRANDMOTHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HEAVEN! WHAT AN AWESOME HOMECOMING AND THANKSGIVING THAT WILL BE!! LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN A FEW WEEKS WITH CALEB AND YOUR MOM AND DAD.
      SENDING YOU BUNCHES OF HUGS WITH LOVE.

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