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True Godly Women

I’ve had the blessing through the years of knowing so many Godly women.

There are a few that really meant the world to me.

Pull up a chair, get comfy and let me tell you about these three amazing women that have touched my life in such a wonderful way, and of course, there are many others because of their faithful love for our Father God.  

The first dear sweet lady was Mrs. Bramlett, if you have read the blog ” Those ol Mom and Pop Places., you will know exactly who I am talking about. 

Mrs. Bramlett was simply a pure sweet God fearing lady.  She never had an unkind word about anything or anybody.   

She loved the Lord, loved people, and read the Bible daily.  I so loved her.

I worked at their little cafe for a bit, and in the afternoon when times slowed down we would have a glass of tea and Bible study time. I learned so much from her.

But, what really touched my heart was when Mr. Bramlett passed away, she stood there in the funeral home, and I never saw her shed a tear. They were a dear couple that was married for over 50 years, and she said: ” It was all okay, she knew he was with the Lord, and she had peace beyond measure knowing he was with God.”

She was indeed a very precious, kind, caring woman that always had a smile for everyone and God in the center of her world.

I so love and miss her!

The next dear lady that I want to tell you about was a precious soul that everybody called Mammaw Pearson. She was my first husbands Mammaw, but more importantly, she was a true saint.

She read her Bible always, knew it cover to cover, walked the walk and never ever had a bad thought about anybody. She was a dainty little soul, with a sheepish smile and such a soft voice. She taught me so very much about God’s word and loving others.

I can remember one of the many family get-togethers, and how everybody was invited, even those that were once married, they all were still family to her always.

But what I remember most about Mammaw Pearson was when the kids and I spent a few days with her while Pappaw was in the hospital. Mammaw would kneel down every night with us by the bed for bedtime prayers.

She was a joyful, sweet kind soul that everybody loved so dearly.

Oh, how I love and miss her.

The last lady I want to talk about was a dear sweet lady that I knew in the work world. She worked at the office across the street from mine. I would go over often for various work reasons.

A very precious soul that I called Ms. Janet worked there. She was a true sincere kind woman.

She always had a smile, and lunches with her were always so enjoyable. We would talk about our families, Church and the Bible.

She so loved God and lived it.  I never heard her say an unkind word about anybody.

Even later when she got cancer, I never once heard her complain. “It’s in Gods hands.”   Her faith and prayers, and the prayers of so many others helped her through tough times with cancer and treatments.

Cancer eventually won and she went home to be with the Lord.

But oh how I miss her and that smile she had every day, no matter what was going on in her life.

I loved and greatly respected Ms. Janet, she was a true Saint!

I feel I have been so very blessed in my life with Godly women throughout my life.

From Grandmas to neighbors, to Mammaw and my first Mother in law.

All the precious souls at Shiloh where I went for years to Cloverleaf where I go now.

All the precious women I’ve worked with through the years and befriended.

God has truly blessed me with Godly women, mentors, prayer partners and friends.

I am so very grateful to the Lord up above for placing each dear precious soul in my life.

My prayer is that I will be thought of as a Godly woman just as all of these precious women are and were and that someday I can be that same Godly soul touching other women’s hearts!

A Blessing Board

How many of you have a blessing board?

Mine is actually on my desk, so I can see it everyday.

It’s a variety of sayings, scriptures, a song, poems, etc.

Things that I can look at and read during those stressful moments we all have daily.

I’ve had scriptures and poems and pictures all over my home since I was a teenager.

I remember the very first one I had was a wall plaque with the scripture.

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6.

I hope you have a blessing board, and if not I pray you will consider starting one.

There’s no rhyme or reason to it; no right or wrong way.

It can be as simple as “God loves you” written on paper and simply placed somewhere, that you will see it often.

Then just add to it, as you find things that help you, that bring you hope.

May God bless each of you dearly, take care, my friends!!!

Til next time!!!

The Dangers of Unforgiveness

Have you ever been hurt by somebody in such a way, that you didn’t think you could ever forgive them?

If we all were honest I would say we all have many times by many different people.

I know I have, I also know it took me a long time to truly forgive some of them.

But as long as you hold on to whatever hurt you have, or stay mad at the person, the only person that generally is affected in such a negative way is yourself.

I’ve had way more than my share of wrongs done to me, way more than I should have.

Please don’t think this is a woe is me story for sympathy because it’s not.

This blog is one of those please don’t follow in my footsteps blog.

And may I ask you to be open-minded as you read this?

It’s things gone wrong in my world that I hope to spare others from having happened to them.

I had a great childhood, our parents always made sure we had a roof over our head, plenty to eat, and we enjoyed a lot of fun times together. But there were times it wasn’t so wonderful!

My Mom and I never did seem to be able to be close as a mother and daughter should. It caused a lot of torment, tears and emotional scars. Some which I still deal with today once in a while.

But, she’s my Mom and I love her, and in my heart, I so long to have a truly genuine relationship as a mother and daughter should. That really hurts, but I’ve forgiven the wrongs, and try hard to forget the hurts.

Why? Because that type of relationship and static affects both of us, as well as our other family members.

Then there’s being left for another woman. You talking about knocking you to your knees, that will do it in a hurry.

Almost fifteen years of marriage, and two children and you get told at the Holidays he’s leaving. He found somebody else.

That crushed our world, please don’t think he was just a horrible man, because he wasn’t.

But he had a tragedy happen just a few months before the announcement. And Satan knew just when and where to pounce. I loved that man so, yet I hated him for what he did to our family, especially how he hurt our children!

But most of all I was ANGRY at her, for wooing him away. That anger grew and stewed and seethed inside me something awful.

No matter how hard I prayed, or attended church, or read the Bible, I couldn’t get past the rage I felt towards her.

But the strangest thing happened, he and I finally were able to talk a little bit without it turning into a war, and then I heard at work she was desperately sick. I felt sorry for her, I felt true sadness for her.

Then that Sunday night in choir practice I requested prayer for her. Yeah, I know, I was shocked when the words came out of my mouth too. But, never the less, I did.

I asked the choir members to pray for her for healing and for God to watch over her as only He could.

The most amazing thing happened when we said Amen, after all our prayers. I had peace, real honest to goodness down in your soul peace that only God can give, when you forgive somebody and set them free.

The seething anger, the hatred, the vengeful thoughts, the horrible despicable things I thought about her, all just simply went away, and was replaced with God’s mercy and grace!!

Please don’t hold unforgiveness in your heart of any kind toward anybody.

Please don’t let it destroy your joy and do that to you. There will be times you don’t think of the occasion at all.

That ugly monster will not show itself all the time, but it’s there lurking just waiting for the right moment to attack your emotions over and over again.

Unforgiveness is like cancer that just consumes more and more of you til your left just a bitter angry shell of a person.

It’s also like kudzoo that once that first little vine gets started, it spreads like wildfire inside you consuming all that is good, noble and peaceful.

Learn to forgive folks, it will bring a feeling of peace to your heart, a smile to your face and restful sleep at night.

No, it’s not always easy to do, but it’s necessary to do if you want a life of peace.

Sometimes you have to pray over and over again, “Lord help me to love this person as You do Father, help me to remember I choose to forgive this person, with Your help Lord!”

I promise you that if you sincerely ask God to help you, He will.

If that’s not enough motivation, stop and think of all the things you have done wrong to others, and all the sins and shortcomings you have done against God.

You want forgiveness from them and especially the Lord, don’t you?

Well, then don’t you think you should offer it to others as well?

You will be so thankful that you did!


Til next time!

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