Isn’t it funny how some of the most random things can bring back some great memories? Last weekend I made Chicken and Dumplings the old fashioned way. The way my Granny used to. While mixing my dough, I found some precious memories flooding my mind. It made me realize how blessed I am to have had some amazing, Christian women in my life.
Precious Memories from Precious Women
My mama is a strong Christian woman and is probably one of the most selfless people that I have ever known. She was a single parent in the days when that wasn’t a normal thing. She fought hard to raise my sister and I. Her sacrifices were many and I am sure there were times that she felt like giving up. She worked hard and there were not very many Sundays where she could go to church. But the life lessons that she taught me were immeasurable. From her, I learned about sacrifice and about perseverance.
My Great-Grandmother, my Granny, was a true spit fire! She would tell you her opinion about something in a quick minute. My Granny was a very hard worker and would stay in her garden until time for lunch everyday. She took care of me and my sister when my mom had to work. From her I learned to lick the cake mix bowl, how to make biscuits and dumplings and how to work in the garden. I remember her reading her Bible every afternoon. She also took us to church every Sunday even though she didn’t drive and had to find a ride of her own. I remember sitting with her on the second pew on the left and singing the old hymns. From her, I learned to work hard and to appreciate the things that the Lord has given.
My Grandma Margaret was a Christian woman who was laid back about her faith but you always knew it was there. She worked long hours in a factory and would come home and cook dinner. My sister and I would go see what they were having before my mom would come home. My poor mama would end up eating cereal for dinner on the days when my Grandma Margaret and Pa happen to be having something good. I remember going shopping with her on Saturdays. We would go to the grocery store and the drug store and usually to the Speedy Chef for a hot dog. Simple times but they are very precious memories to me. From her, I learned that no matter what is going on you have to hold on to God.
My Grandma Wyatt lived about an hour away from my home so I didn’t see her daily like I did my other grandparents. But this in no way means that she didn’t have an enormous impact on my life. She passed away when I was in the 6th grade after a short battle with cancer. Even though she died when I was young, she still comes up in my conversations several times a week. She was the mother of 17 children (3 died after birth) and she had 62 grandchildren. This woman could cook a meal fit for a hundred kings and everyone would pile in every Sunday afternoon after church. She had the biggest heart and an even bigger laugh. From her, I learned not to take things too seriously and to laugh even when things might be hard.
The Most Important Lesson Learned
From these four amazing women that God placed into my life, I learned the lesson that has carried me through life. It is the most important lesson to make sure that any child learns.
They taught me that no matter how far away from God I may have allowed myself to go, that God will always want me back. I learned to ask God for forgiveness for my sins and how to turn from them. They taught me to always learn from my mistakes and to pull myself up and to return to God.
I learned that Proverbs 22:6 is true!
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6
In my life, I have turned away from God many times. Because of these women and the precious memories that they gave to me, I have returned. These women who have loved me, taught me how to find my way back to God. It really is an amazing thing to see how God works in our lives.
Back to the Chicken and Dumplings
So, on this day when I decided to make chicken and dumplings the old fashioned way, God chose to remind me of these amazing women. Like I said earlier, it is funny what will bring memories to mind. As my husband and I ate our meal, I shared with him this flood of memories. We enjoyed time together making new memories built on the precious memories of the past.