No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you.
This week we shifted gears from listing five blessings to honor women who have blessed our lives. Is there a woman or women who have impacted your faith and influenced your life with God’s love or attributes of his love? I immediately started to list names of women in my life and those who have had an influence on who I have become. It is my to honor to reflect on some of those women.
LEGACY – dicitionary.com – “Anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor.”
As I think about leaving legacies and my list, I want to remember women who I feel made me what I am today – those women who nurtured me, encouraged me, challenged me and prayed for me. I want to remember those women who I feel have passed on to me a legacy to leave for those who come after me.
Proverbs 13:22 “A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children…” What inheritance are you leaving your children and grandchildren? My hope is that I can leave a little of these beautiful ladies to pass down to my grandchildren. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines inheritance in this context as “the acquisition of a possession, condition, or trait from past generations”.
“Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.” ~Pearl S. Buck
Louise Templin - Mom was strict, she had a heart of giving – would give her last dollar to help someone. She also had a heart of love and caring. She taught me about the importance of home, family and tradition, and what a wife should be as well as how to honor and love her husband. Mom and Dad were married for almost fifty years when he died, and Mom held on to that love until she died this year. Mom loved to cook and handed that legacy down to my sisters and me, and my children and their spouses. She sewed and quilt. Mom taught me to save taking me to the bank to open a savings account. I believe the biggest legacy that Mom leaves me is her love of family. She loved to have people over on holidays and she insisted on it no matter what. She and dad always had something special planned on holidays – a poem he would write, Easter baskets and stuffed bunnies, costumes she made for the kids for Halloween and Thanksgiving and always the family tradition, that will hopefully continue in generations to come, is that recital around the table and all of us holding hands and repeating The Lord’s Prayer (a tradition handed down from Dad’s family that I remember at my Granny’s house.) While my vault of memories is full and causes me to smile through my tears, my mom’s real legacy in my life runs very deep … and wide – her love. To my mom who we lost in February this year I leave this song of tribute. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvQDLlKff6c (A Mother’s Love by Jim Brinckman). Thank you Mom for the stepping stones. Happy 80th Birthday on May 10 Mom and Happy Mother’s Day – I MISS you! I hope this song blesses each of you like it did me
Ella Arnold Templin - My grandmother. She at one time or another practiced various religions. She loved church, and she kept going until she found the right one that ministered to her. When she came to town, she took us or we took her. She loved the Lord and I have so many fond memories of her and church, and even one after I married and she, my hubby and I were leaving church. The pastor greeted her and she told him how he had misquoted a verse. She willed me all her Bibles, but for some reason they disappeared when she died. That hurt because that was a great connection the two of us had – our faith. What an example for me as I entered into my teenage years and my future husband and I would drive down to visit and go to church with her. I remember when I was small she lived on a farm. I watched her churn butter and milk cows. My Granny was also the one that taught me about history of my Father’s family and told me stories, giving me that love of genealogy and family as she recited to me how her family came from TN to AR by covered wagon, and how some of them fought in the civil war. Precious memories. I thank her for giving me a heart of memories and wish today she were here for just one more chat so I could take lots of notes.
Bertha Racker - My Granny worked hard. With ten children how could she not! I remember watching her wash clothes outside on the porch with a wringer washing machine. and watching her in the kitchen cooking (maybe that cooking legacy is where Mom got it). I also remember Granny wringing a chicken’s neck to fry up for dinner, and oh I remember the homemade biscuits and unfortunately recipe lost. I remember her flower beds and believe that’s where my love of flowers and garden work came from because Mom was not into yard work (Dad was). Granny worked hard, went to church, and loved us. I also remember her taking me to town on Saturday and those candies she bought me – I love them to this day – maple nut candies. She didn’t have a lot of money, but like my mom she spent it on her loved ones. YUM! I never walk by maple nut candies in the store when I don’t reflect on my Granny.
Matthew 5:15-16 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Beyond our families and those closest to us, there is a way that we can leave a legacy to “everyone” [vs. 15].
Virginia Williams - My Mother-In-Law – My MIL took me under her wing just like a daughter. She loved me – took care of me when I was pregnant with toxemia and even my children after I went back to work and she is a phone call away – next door if we need ANYTHING. She loves the Lord and always has an encouraging word if something is bothering you. She, like my mom, loves and adores her family. She loves yard work, she loves cooking and she loves the Lord. She works very hard, is very organized and loves to sew which she has passed down to my daughter and both her daughters. My daughter was born preemie and she made beautiful gowns and dresses for her until she could fit into newborn. I thank her for raising my husband to be the Godly man, father, hard worker, and husband he is. He has so many of her attributes and loves the Lord and his family like she does. Her arms are always outstretched in love and prayer. She is a light – his light and she shines before men and women in her hard work ethic and love.
Amanda Williams Crane - My daughter – My daughter at times has put me to shame with her love of the Lord. She taught me to love christian music. I was an oldies girl until one day when she was about five, she asked me to turn the radio to 94.9. Has that changed my life and that is about all I’ve listened to now for 25 years – sometimes I’ll put on an oldie. Amanda was a preemie, not expected to live, many months of prayers and she came home but was supposed to be a sickly child and be mentally slow. NOT - God took over – she was summa cum laude in college for her BA and Masters and she was the valedictorian of her high school. She is an organizer and a perfect housewife and a great example of a Proverbs 31 woman. Currently, my Amanda is like Sarah and Hannah in the Bible – anguishing over not yet having a child - but she hangs on to hope, and we are looking forward to that day God blesses her with a baby of her own to hold and love and teach that child about Jesus. We believe with all our hearts that God WILL honor her because of her faithfulness and love for him, and because of the thousands of prayers being lifted up for her through Proverbs 31 Ministries and our church.
Whitney Williams - My daughter-in-love – She rocks. Her love of the Lord is as amazing as my daughter’s and talk about encouraging. She always has something sweet to say. She is fun, will try any new thing and she can organize and decorate beautifully. She’s about to birth my first grand baby, Colt, a boy in August. I thank her for that, and I am so proud that God sent her to be the mother to my grandchildren as we continue to pass down legacies. She is going to create some new ones and hopefully her grandchildren will remember her one day as someone who was the reflection of the Proverbs 31 Lady. Whitney is always full of joy and I believe joy is one of the greatest gifts a mother can give her children.
Beth Moore and Melissa Ross Taylor – I put Beth and Melissa in the same category. I started Beth Moore conferences when my children were small and was blessed immensely, but it was not until I retired last year that I found Melissa. I have grown because she stretches us. I am more into my Bible, verse mapping, verse memorizing and praying for and with women all over the world and look she has me blogging and now leading a facebook group of the most precious women. I would say Beth was my first mentor, but definitely now Melissa is so in tune individually with all of her family of girls that she mother’s us, she knows us, she loves us, she grows us, and she teaches us. I thank God for helping me find Melissa. Follow me to grow in His word at MelissaTaylor.org.
How about you? Do you have a woman or women that has impacted your life? I hope so and ask you to share below. If not, my prayer is that if you are reading this that God will bless you with woman who will impact your life for the Lord’s Kingdom!