FROM THE MARGINS OF MY GRANDMOTHER’S BIBLE
I can best describe my grandmother (Dee Dee as her four grandchildren and our friends affectionately called her) in this way: If she is not in Heaven there is no Heaven. Of course I believe in Heaven so she was the kind of person who epitomized Galatians 5:22-23 and the Fruit of the Spirit. From love to self-control, I can never remember her unfruitful, even though I did see her patience pushed a few times by her only grandson.
The point is that we knew she loved God and was devoted to him. How much, I guess, I didn’t realize. When she passed away one of my cousins found her Bible and all the notes it included, whether taken in church service or watching services on television when she was no longer able to attend services in person. Those notes amounted to seven pages of type-written inspirational quotes and sayings, all documented in her Bible.
How God Sees Us
“God is no fault-finder, always looking for things to condemn in us. He estimates us at our best, not our worst.”
Where I find it in scripture: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Give to the World
“Give the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.”
Where I find it in scripture: “You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35b)
It’s All in the Mind…Sort of
“There is very little good or bad–it’s only in thinking.”
Not sure I agree with this totally or could find a similarity in scripture, but there are so many truths in this. Evil does starts in the mind. Love love!
- Do more than exist–live!
- Do more than touch–feel!
- Do more than look–observe!
- Do more than read–absorb!
- Do more than hear–listen!
- Do more than think–understand!
- Do more than talk–say something!
Embrace Getting Old
“Don’t complain about ‘old age.’ It’s a privilege denied to many.”
Jesus Take the Wheel
“Christianity should be a steering wheel–not a spare tire.”