My Grandma was fistey. I knew her from around age 60 to 93. So the last part of her life really. Who knows all the reasons why she was the way she was by the time I came around… and who cares. I loved her for her. Temper and all. She spoke the truth. And not soap box-ish. And not for attention. Just old fashioned Truth that always started like this, “Now you listen here…”
And no one dared disrespect her. We all “listened here.”
She spoke with authority. She was articulate and had a way of opening one eye up bigger than the other when she was getting her point across. Without fail she used the Scriptures, The Word of God to validate her position. I thought it was scary as a little girl, (I mean who can quote Jesus like that out of know where) and as an adult…I craved it. It was solid information. It didn’t sway with the 5-O’clock news opinion or the neighbors gossip. She knew what she knew.
She married very young on a Sunday morning after the 9am church service, in a royal blue form fitting dress and high heels. They had three children and she raised them while working as a secretary for over 30 years to supplement my Grandfather’s Bankers income. (Which was unheard of in the early 1940’s.) She taught Sunday School and Wednesday night Mission Training for girls. She and my Grandpa moved from a small town in GA to the big city of Atlanta with no help and no friends. She invested in real-estate though they were dirt poor and farmed a small piece of land as well. She stood for women’s rights way before it was popular and actively lead a protest against Walmart “taking over the small businesses” in her town. All this, and she flat out unashamedly adored her husband for over 60 years before he was hit by a car and killed… right in front of her eyes. And that just scratches the surface of her 93 years.
So “Listen here…” was well earned.
The last 3 years of her life she was in an assisted living home about 5 miles from my house. I will FOREVER thank God for that time with her. I would grab Chickfila and head over for advice or just to watch an I Love Lucy re-run with her. She did NOT like my potty mouth but sure had a way of cussing me out without using a single profanity. Anybody get that? Hysterical. At one point I was afraid she had lost her spunk due to the pain in her shoulder, when I opened the door and saw her pitch the remote control across the room at the TV screen faster than Babe Ruth.
She said “I’m tired of hearing THAT MAN lie! Get him off my TV!!!” It was Barock Obama. I chuckled and turned him off. Her TV screen wouldn’t have survived Trump verses Hillary. God Bless America and God rest her soul.
The truth is hard to come by these days. People say whatever will get a bandwagon behind them and promise things they can’t deliver. They swear by a God they don’t even acknowledge and expect that to mean they are credible. They want food but won’t farm, demand health care but won’t work, and they want the blessings but don’t show up on Sunday to give the worship. And God is just so gracious that He still provides. He amazes me with His outlandish fountain of love POURING out on everyone of us… deserving or not. I’m mostly the “not”.
We read hundreds of articles each week trying to get to the bottom of current hot topics all while desperate to hold onto our own original thoughts and opinions in a sea of total mind garbage and muck.
I miss her.
I miss her cut the crap Truth.
She could spot a wolf wrapped in sheeps skin from a mile away, call it out and make it run back to where it belonged. Today people would rename the thing to avoid conflict, ask how it was *feeling* under all that fur, and call her a bully for telling it not to dress that way. Jesus warned us about people who came teaching false truths. Here in Matthew 7, He was giving His famous Sermon on the Mount…
“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?”
She never apologized for chasing off the vicious. When I told her about the term “Politically Correct” she glared at me and said “Now you listen here, be worried about Biblically Correct and nothing more.” Oh Granny…people would hate you in 2016. And you wouldn’t care at all. I love you more each day. How can that be?
I can’t ask her opinion anymore. But she left me some good hand written recipes, a love for beagles with fleas, and her green Bible with The Words that anchored her life and changed mine. I remember the way she would read to me and then rub her hand across it several times like it’s touch was soothing her soul. It was the most peaceful thing in my world, even when it was delivered by a grey curly haired fire ball.
When I stop and look around I know we would ALL be better off with our Bibles in our hands instead of our phones. Google is giving us anxiety and we walk away with A BUNCH of opinions, but no Truth. Sounds crazy I know, but for anyone who needs some solid unchanging ground, it’s available…and sister…it’s free.
Here is what I know for sure…she lived a long time in not so easy circumstances and never lost her footing, and she gave Jesus all the credit. I’m in. You with me? Please be in with me…
You don’t know where to start? I got you…
I’m going to give you my best shot at some practical ways you can study the Scriptures. I promise not to throw anything at you and “Listen here…” This is good stuff sister.
Open It Up. No seriously, it’s not a collectable or a stand for your candle. It’s “Alive and sharper than a double edged sword able to pierce souls and judge attitudes.” Hebrews 4:12 I’m not talking fiction stuff here. This isn’t Harry Potter, it’s Jesus Christ. You will never look back once you unleash His power in your life.
Start Anywhere. The New Testament is everything AFTER Jesus Christ was born and The Old Testament is everything BEFORE. It is ALL God breathed and useful for teaching according to 2 Timothy 3:16.
Get A Pen And Notepad. You know what the difference is between a person who reads the Bible and puts it down frustrated and a person who understands the Bible and comes back for more? The person who studies it. Write down these three questions and then answer them as you read each passage. Underline, highlight and make bullet points. Do what you do when you are trying to remember stuff.
- What does this passage reveal about the character of God?
- What did I NOT know?
- How can this be applied in my own life?
We all say we want to act like God but how can we act like Him if we don’t know how He behaved in each situation? I hear all the time “I already know what the Bible says.” Um, love bug you totally don’t. None of us do it’s OK. You will be A-MAZED at the miss-teachings of the Bible as you start reading it for yo selfie. And yes ma’am…the Bible still applies to your life even though it was written so long ago. These were real people. So to say you can’t learn from them is like saying that in 200 or 2,000 years your life didn’t count and can’t be used for good or bad lessons. That’s just not true. You exist. Your story if written down will impact future generations FOR SURE.
Still unsure on what book to pick? I love the book of Ruth and James. I’m also fond of Romans and Acts. I recently re-read Genesis and became FACINATED with our lineage and with God’s unbreakable covenants to Abraham and Noah.
Here are a few more tips…
When you read what are called “The Gospels” written by Matthew, Mark , Luke and John remember that these were all men who witnessed the same events and just recorded them according to their personality. Like if you and I both saw a Beyoncé concert and wrote a blog about it…it would all be true just I would highlight the crowd, police, and the noise and you would focus on the dancing, songs and costume changes. See there? All true…different accounts.
Wisdom and Poetry can be found in Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs. Though I don’t recommend starting in Job. Save that for later…just trust me. But Song of Songs, now that’s a goooood love story. It doesn’t disappoint.
See there? You can do this. You are smart. Make me a deal? Spend 10 minutes a day giving it a chance? Pray and ask Jesus to give you wisdom and the desire to know Him. He is the Creator of your soul…you will not find Him boring or distant if you seek Him. In fact He will reward you. “Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
If all that seems to daunting I have another idea. There is a new book out called Open Your Bible. (perfect) Written by Raechel Myers and Amanda Williams the founders of the She Reads Truth App. They are young enough to relate and old enough to be wise. This book will hold your hand gently and take you into the Scriptures in about 7 weeks. It’s beautifully written and easy to grasp yet absolutely not a waste of your time.
You can get it HERE. It looks like this…
The pages are preeeety.
You know what my motives are here love bug? It’s not fame or popularity. It’s not a bunch of likes or shares or whatever the language is for that. It’s to be obedient to God, by reaching out to you. He can do the rest. I’m just a girl, (OK lady) madly in love with The King and if even ONE of you trusts Him because of this blog…you were worth it. I love you endlessly. Be brave enough to say “yes” to Jesus.
He. is. everything. Never changing or shifting like the shadows but fully reliable generation to generation… #promise