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Granny’s Legacy: Proverbs 31 Woman

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:  “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31:28-31

This week’s devotionals are based on my grandmother, Charlene Seale, who went to heaven last month. That’s me in the photo with her above. I was about four years old at the time. It’s one of my favorite photos.

To me, Granny is a shining example of the Proverbs 31 woman. She left an extraordinary legacy by faithfully completing ordinary tasks.

Granny lived a quiet and humble life. She spent all her 92 years in the same small town. She never drove a car. She didn’t have to. She always had family members close by who would take her to church and wherever she needed to go. 

She faithfully taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School year after year. She cooked, cleaned, quilted and gardened, yet somehow she had time to teach me how to make mud pies. 

I spent lots of time at Granny’s house as a child. I learned to wash and dry dishes, and I thought it was fun! Granny was a great teacher. She didn’t seem to mind that it might take twice as long with my “help.” 

Other times, I simply played on the kitchen floor with the same wooden blocks that my mom played with. Granny saved the dishwashing soap bottle tops for me. I pretended they were people. 

During the last month, I’ve replayed these and a hundred other memories over again in my mind.

Then, I realized that my Granny is one of the best examples of Colossians 3:23-24 that I’ve ever seen. She did all her work for the Lord, and I somehow could sense that even as a child.

I want to be like her. I want people to see Jesus through my everyday actions – even if that is folding laundry.

I have a long way to go. 

What are your everyday actions? 

How can others see Christ through you as you complete your daily work?


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I knew I recognized these people! I loved your Gma, and you are so right! What a gentle and precious Christian example! You are, too!

You are such a huge example in your writing and your daily life, Stacy! You are a blessing!