Whenever I participate in the five-minute challenge, I do a few things.
- First, I resist the temptation to read whatever anyone else might write before I write.
- Secondly, I consider any scriptures that come to mind.
- Third, I search my old writings to see if I had written on the subject before. Maybe I would be able to write again in a better way.
When I thought about the word “middle”, I thought about being the middle child. I wondered what there might be that I could write further on that subject. Nothing really came to mind until I searched my writings. Three writings about my grandmothers popped up. As I read them I realized something.
My ONEWORD “‘perseverance” was the theme throughout.
What an awesome reminder and encouragement for me to focus on as I begin a year of perseverance. Five generations of grandparents have left a heritage of perseverance; an example to live by. I want to keep these godly, amazing women in the forefront of my thoughts this year as I persevere through many things that may or may not be as trying as what they had to face in life.
I want to keep these godly, amazing women in the forefront of my thoughts this year as I persevere through many things that may or may not be as trying as what they had to face in life. Read this note I recorded about 3 years ago.
If you would like a little encouragement for perseverance, read about my heritage of grandmothers.
For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
As a child, my grandmother would always introduce me as her namesake. For some time I wasn’t sure how that was so. I always new her as Leona. It turns out her name was Amanda Leona. As was common in those days, many went by their middle names. My grandmother did because she was named after her grandmother (my great, great grandmother), Amanda Headley Hukill. You can see her in the picture below with her husband Jesse and their daughter Mary. It always made me proud to know I was the third Amanda. And I was curious about my heritage.
I recently learned that Amanda was quite a strong woman. She had a difficult childhood, losing her father at a young age. But she persevered. Records show that she was a strong Christian woman. She left her mark by donating the stain glass windows in a small Methodist church in SE Ohio. But more than this she raised her children to know and love the Lord as well. This heritage was passed on to Great Grandmother Birdie Moody, then on to Grandmother Amanda Leona Dawson, who passed it on to my father, Gene Elwood Dawson, who then passed it on to me and my siblings.
I thank God for a heritage of at least 5 generations that lived for the Lord.
Want to read a little more?
I Remember Grandma
Leaving my own Legacy;