This is my great great grandmother.
Thanks to my mom and my grandfather’s cousin we know a good deal about grandmother and grandfather.
Cousin Emily was the family historian and made sure to write down a bunch of information about her grandparents.
Recently, I was reading through her letter, copied by hand by my mother, and read something that I could relate to.
Upon my rereading it to our daughter her comment was, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!”.
This is what the letter said:
I saw myself in my great great grandmother and felt the truth of grandfather’s words.
Because I too like fine china and I have the tendency to want leave some things unused, rather than enjoy them daily.
These words reminded me of what is important.
Like grandfather said to grandmother, my family is my best company and far more valuable than something man made.
This world is temporary, but the human soul is not.
God has given me stewardship over many things and I want to be honorable before Him with how I handle them, including my relationships.
I believe Grandmother understood this truth as well, because Grandfather died when my great grandpa was only a child (the youngest of six) and Grandmother ran the family on her own.
The stories passed down about her include her clever and resourceful use of money and the property Grandpa left to educate and provide for her family.
I don’t know what happened to Grandmother’s best china, but it’s of little importance.
Her devotion to her family is a legacy I want to continue.
I’m inspired by the words of 1 Timothy.
1 Timothy 3:11 NLT — In the same way, their wives must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your blessings. Lord, thank You that You have reminded me through my own ancestors the priorities of life, not to get caught up in the material things, but rather to serve You and love others. Lord, I will never be able to walk in Your love without Your help and guidance. Thank You for Your Word which instructions and Your Holy Spirit which comforts and guides. Please continue to help me leave a legacy for my family of faith, love, perseverance, patience, integrity, and truth. Lord, I believe Your Word is truth and all I need for each day. Thank You for Your blessings. Thank You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful works! Amen.