Tribute to Grandpa Anderson

Grandpa Anderson: We laid an amazing man to rest today! As I sit here typing this all the stories and memories coming rushing through my mind.  See I spent every weekend and every break with my grandparents.  If I hadn’t called them, they were calling me asking where I was and when I was coming. We would get there and Grandpa would ask what took us so long.  He would play with us, tease us, give us stern advice, and we loved every minute of it. In my younger years there are very few memories that I have that don’t involve him and Grandma Anderson. 

We were separated through the years by no fault of his.  But when I got to see him he treated me as if I had been there all along.  Teasing me, correcting me, pushing me to be better.  Grandpa could be a very gruff person, not in a way that made you feel bad, not in a way that made you feel unloved.  But with words from a man that had confidence in what he was telling you and assurance that if you listened you would be better.  And through out the years I have learned that he was almost always right!

As we laid him to rest today, all those memories, all the love and yes regret of years I had let be ripped away from me came flooding into me.  I know he loved me more than words can say and I know that he knew that I loved him. I had spent the last 6 years doing my best to show him.  He was a man of integrity, what he said was what he meant and it was what he did and lived.  He was a man who loved his family, worked hard for them and loved spending time with them.

He was a real and true husband. Married to my Grandmother for almost 65 years.  He was devoted to her and his children, Grandchildren and Great Grandkids.  He will be missed by all of us.  I will never forget all that he’s taught me and the person I am because he was my Grandpa!

Today as I looked around at my family. I couldn’t help but think how blessed I truly am.  They are wonderful people who love me and do their best to live lives with integrity and love just as Grandpa taught them.  I looked around and realized although Grandpa is gone, He lives on in each and everyone of us! We are his legacy, we are carrying on all that he taught us, all the love he gave us! I’m blessed and thankful for each of them!

Faith, Grace, And Blessings,

Angie

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Are you working for God’s Grace or Accepting God’s Grace?

I love the Lord with all my heart! Something I gladly shout from the roof tops and tell all that will listen.  I know that He is my Savior and that He has redeemed my soul.  But there comes a time in your relationship with God that you need something from Him that you can’t earn, you can’t work through.  I have hit that place.  See God is growing me, He is strengthening me and He is getting me ready for the next place in my walk with Him.

I need the Lord to deliver me, to comfort me, to take away a battle that has been in my life forever.  Satan continually fights me in my health.  I believe God can heal me, He has done it before.  He has given me 2 miracles.  He saved me.  But it was different when all these things happened.  The healings came when other believers reached out to me.  My miracles came with instructions to pray every night and He would bless me.  He saved me, and my part is to live a life pleasing to Him and glorifying His name.

But this battle with health, it just keeps coming back up.  Satan bombards me everytime I turn around.  I get one problem taken care of and another jumps right up.  I keep thinking what am I missing, what am I not doing.  See I’m not worthy of Gods deliverance from this battle, I need to be faithful, I need to do as all the scriptures tell me, I need to find the exact words, I need to pray the exact amount of times, etc…  I just can’t figure out what I’m missing, what does God want from me? Someone tell me what more can I do and I will gladly do it.  I am willing to live for God, do for God, all that He asks of me.

So what am I missing?  I’m missing the fact that God just simply wants to be God.  He doesn’t need me to fight this battle, He doesn’t need me to check off a long or short list of to do’s.  He simply needs me to let Him be Him.  I simply need to let go of my control and allow God to be God.  I’m a little OCD and I need the instructions and the lists, I need the outcome laid out for me and to know how everything works.  See but God is looking for me to just simply wrap myself in Him and say its your will, your way and I trust you completely!

I’d like to sit here right now today as God speaks this to  my heart and say it’s done and it’s that easy.  Its simply a lot more complicated in my flesh than that.  But knowing the problem is half the battle, right?  So today what I will say is that I am going to begin to just let go and let God completely, without instructions, without knowing, without deserving it.

Your probably wondering why I would share this.  I share because maybe someone else is sitting where I am and God is speaking to them as they read this.  I share because maybe someone is reading this and they have been here and can pray for me as I go forward with God.  I share because it helps me work out things in my heart!

Faith, Grace and Blessings,

Angie

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A Legacy of Grace and Love: A Tribute to Great Aunt Shirley Wireman

 

A Legacy Of Grace and Love:

My Great Aunt Shirley passed away on December 3rd, we celebrated her life Saturday December 6th.  What an amazing woman and an amazing Legacy that she left behind. I know that most of you have never and now will never have the chance to meet the Amazing Lady that I was Honored to know.  But what you can know if the Legacy that she left behind for many generations.  And you can know what made her that person so that we too can continue the legacy that she left behind. This post will not do her life justice, there just aren’t enough words. But here it Goes!

First of all and most of all, She was a woman who loved God with all her heart! She put Him and all that He asked of her first and foremost.  She loved beyond measure and without condition. She reached out and served the least of them.  She always had a kind encouraging word for everyone.  Even when you weren’t living the life or being the person she knew that you could be, she always encouraged and loved and told you about the love of Christ. Nothing stopped her from sharing Gods love and word openly to all she met.

She was devoted to my Uncle Thureman completely! She valued His opinion and strength above all things here on earth.  She served him and walked beside him in all things in life with Joy and peace.  She honored him by the way she lived her life and represented him to the world.

She raised her children to love God, and love people.  You can see that evident in the way her wonderful children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren love the Lord, each other, and all they come into contact with.  They carry on her legacy every day and I know that she is prouder of them than words could every say.

Family was important to her.  She would tell us all every year at the family reunion that her wish was that we wouldn’t stop getting together and that more would come.  It was so important to her that we didn’t lose sight of each other or the roots that we came from. She always remembered those that had already went on with fondness and thankfulness for all that they had done in their lives.

Never a harsh word spoken, never an I can’t! She was a woman of Love, Grace, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  A true virtuous woman whose price is far above rubies! We will miss her abundantly, but more than that we will grow daily and allow her legacy to live on through each one of us!

Some people say there is no perfect people.  I will agree that I’ve only met one. Did she have her flaws, I don’t know I’ve never seen them.  But I also know that her perfection came from her love and submission to Christ and her service of others! May we all strive to be the person she was! Pleasing in the sight of God and a true witness here on earth!

Loved and Missed Greatly and Never Forgotten!

Faith, Grace and Blessings,

Angie

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The Day After….

The Day After: Thanksgiving

Wow, The hustle and The Bustle, The Preparing and getting everything done.  Its all worth it when you take the time to sit down with family.  I wanted to honor my family and do a recap of our day.

What an amazing time I had, 46 family members and friends that I love beyond what words can tell you.  I worried about things being alright, having room for everyone, is the house clean enough, will everyone like the food, maybe I should decorate.  LOL yep that’s me, but I should of known better, when we all get together its just about Love and Family!

Our dinner is at noon and in true fashion we ate about an hour late! What can I say it’s a tradition. The house filled quickly with people, laughter, love and food. We spent hours eating and just spending time together!

My favorite part of the day was when we get in a circle and each one of us gives thanks for their blessings! As 46 people gathered around, I was completely overwhelmed! Overwhelmed by the things God had done in each of their lives, but mostly overwhelmed by the love and blessings that God had given me in each one of them! My family means the world to me and to have them all together sharing their thanks. Well I was just totally overcome with how much God has loved me thru each one of them.  It hasn’t always been easy and its not like we haven’t struggled, but in the end we are together and we are a family that loves unconditionally.

This year we had family giving thanks for their new found salvation. That is the most precious gift. My grandfather gave thanks for his new wife of only a few weeks! His happiness was a blessing to each of us!

A day of Thanks that will be an amazing memory and will continue to bring us blessings for years to come! I love you all and will forever be thankful for each and everyone of you!

Faith, Grace and Blessings,

Angie

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Thanksgiving!

November is coming to an end.  And Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I see all the post on social media of everyone giving Thanks! What an awesome thing to read all that God has given us and to thank those that have been such great parts of our lives.  So here is my thanks for the month, and year.

First of all, I want to give thanks and praise to God for Saving me, for being who He was, is and is to come.  I want to thank Him for not leaving me where I was, and for taking me where I’m going!

I want to thank my mom and my family for all that they have been to me, for me, and with me.  Their prayers and love are beyond measure! Life isn’t always easy, but it is always better when you have great people at your side!

I want to thank God for my wonderful husband! I am truly thankful for the strong, amazing, loving, protector that He is to me and his boys! Thankful that he loves me more today than he did the day we married, and he never stops telling me and showing me.

I am so thankful for my 2 boys, they truly are miracles! I am so thankful to be able to go on this journey in their lives. Thankful that they are both becoming little men of God! They are healthy and amazing little boys!

I am so thankful for Pastors and a church family that accept and love me for who I am and are always encouraging be who God created me to be!

I am thankful for all my friends! I am so blessed with amazing people in my life! They are always there and they are always on my side!

I am just truly thankful for this life that I am living! And here at Faith, Grace & Blessings we hope that you are living your life to the fullest potential!

What are you thankful for?

Faith, Grace & Blessings,

Angie

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Today, Today, Today!

“Focusing on Today!

This is something that I have to remind myself of often.  I get so caught up in the days to come, that I completely forget to enjoy Today! I make plans for the future and realize the present has already passed me by.  I have always been a lady of lists and to do’s, wish would be great if I took the time to do today and not worry about tomorrow until today is done.

I have recently began to work on this part of my life with God! Focusing on what He has for me today! And getting to tomorrow when its time.  I want to enjoy each day that God has given me.  I want to be present now, doing what He’s placed in front of me today.  I don’t want to wake up and realize that my babies are grown and I missed most of it! What a tragedy that would be.

So today, I’m going to focus on what God has placed before me in this moment.  I’m going to live every moment, loving with all I have everything that He has given me today.  Tomorrow’s to do’s and worries will come soon enough.  But Today will never come back again.

How do you deal with focusing on Today? Do you Get bogged down with all the tomorrow’s?

Faith, Grace & Blessings,

Angie

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My Boys, My World!
You see I wanted a girl! lol Having children for me wasn’t easy. I had 5 miscarriages and I had this idea of what my little family would be if I had one. We prayed and received our answer to prayer and it came in the form of 2 crazy, dirty, rowdy, fighting, amazing little boys! I can’t picture my life or family any other way now.. and I got my girl in my little Niece who is just the most adorable little Monkey ever! God knows exactly what you need, trust in His answers!

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