Eighty years of living, Grandma Joanie puts things in perspective on how to keep your joy and hope, no matter how many lemons are thrown your way.
God the Father created me to be a woman. My gender was already decided so long ago. He did not make a mistake. He knit me like a fine, beautiful piece of art. God took me in his hands, and formed me, and turned me over and over smoothing this part and that part. He gazed at me and smiled and He said I have created this masterpiece. He said to himself, I am well pleased and looked at me and said this is good. He looked so pleased with his handy work.
Moving on. I was born September 11, 1937, at 11:02 in the morning. I was number 13 child. Wow. Things weren’t perfect. A lot of ups and downs. A perfect life doesn’t build character, a spiritual body, etc. I was married at 17 to my high school sweetheart.
As I continued on my path, we had eight children together. Our marriage lasted twenty years before it ended when my husband broke our marriage covenant. It was a painful time. My children were impacted and had their own problems, experimenting with what the world had to offer them. More sorrows and disappointments. Three of my children died, two boys and one girl. My boys were so very handsome. My girl was very beautiful.
My future was still moving on. I always knew Jesus was with me. I prayed alone. His word became a personal letter to me. God the Father became a loving Father to me. Our relationship became very real.
When God created woman, he knew what he was doing. He put into each of us different attributes. We are the exact representation of His being, His image. He provides and meets all of our needs. Females are made so differently from the male. We are physically uniquely different to accommodate childbirth. The Father made us that way. I think the woman feels much deeper and is more emotional than the man. We wear our hearts on our sleeves. The woman was created as a help mate for the man as was Eve for Adam. Husband and wife, mother and father. God created women fairest, blessed, honorable and to be sober.
Now, who can possibly want to be that woman, that wife, that mother? I think back when I became that woman, that wife, that mother. I think how being a woman is God’s gift to the man. God said that it is not good for the man to be alone. The woman was created from the rib of Adam and brought unto the man. The man shall cling to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. Each of us complementing one another. I found it takes a Mother and Father to raise our children. We fit together perfectly. I know a lot of us don’t get the perfect lives. We can keep trying.
I am eighty years old now. When I think back on my life, memories are mixed with good and not so good. A lot of years of sadness and many of happiness. We do reap what we sow. So very true. Blaming God and everyone else for our unhappy times doesn’t work. Seeing things so black and white then, I now realize there are the in between’s. When I went over my ups and downs, I alone was to blame, not God.
The Bible says that some will dream, dreams. I dream. Sometimes they are so real I can never forget them. I call them my spiritual dreams. My first spiritual dream was surreal. I was taking a nap, pregnant. In this dream, I and others were standing high above the earth with our Lord Jesus. I was on the right side of him looking down. As we looked, Jesus said to us, “Earth is a very tough and hard place.” We all chimed in, “but we still want to go.” He pointed to a very high mountain far away and said we had a mission. We were to climb that mountain and carry flowers to the very top. When I woke my arms were so tired as if I actually climbed that mountain. I understood that the flowers represented souls that we were to bring to heaven with us. I will always remember that dream when I was taking a nap, the flowers and how hard and how difficult it was climbing the road to the very top. We all wanted and cheerfully agreed to go. We all have a free will for this mission.
I think of eternity. It’s for eternity. You never get out. We are eternal beings. Just as heaven is for eternity. Beloved ones, do not risk for one minute going there without Jesus. Believe this while there is still time. Open your hearts. Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins. Mean it. Tell Jesus you know that he is the Son of God and you know He is the only one that can save you. That he died for you and the whole world. He gave his life so that you can have life eternal with Him.
Jesus said it is our choice. Follow Jesus. You are a flower and He wants you to live with Him forever and when you get to heaven, you will love Him even more.
Who is the man who reverently fears and worships the Lord? Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. Psalms 25:12.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Revelation 3:19
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. Hebrews 12:6
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For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27.
For you are my offsprings. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: Acts 17:28
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. Ephesians 1: 11:12
Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:4-5
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; Acts 17:26
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalms 139:14
By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee. Psalms 71:6
The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Jeremiah 32:40
Now, therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: Exodus 19:5
But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. Deuteronomy 4:29
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 2 Corinthians 1:4
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. Isaiah 40:11
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21: 3-4
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. John 17:23
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: Hebrews 1:3
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
I love how you love me,
I love how you care,
and I love how you praise my Name,
with hands held high in the air.