Legacy

I grew up on a steady diet of fried pies, fresh tomatoes, pole beans picked right out of the garden, standing rib roasts, homemade ice cream, and lots and lots of women. A mother, 2 grandmothers and 3 great-grandmothers- all of them very different, all of them leaving their own special legacy.

From my Dad’s mom, Buddy, I was given an appreciation for the arts, for reading, and for good food- seriously good food. She loved Tennessee football, loved people, was a gentle spirit, and she loved her family dearly.

From Mom’s mother, Nana, I learned to appreciate hard work, to be assertive, to dress tastefully and modestly, to laugh when the going gets too tough, and she too, developed herself quite a fondness for the Vols.

My Nana is in hospice care right now. Monday she was fine; she went out to lunch and had a manicure. By Tuesday evening she was in a coma. She will die before the week is done. It is both devastating and miraculous how quickly life passes in and out of our existence. But she lived a lot of life in her 76 years, and not all of it was pretty. Nana had more than her share of hardship, and we learned many lessons from the mistakes she made. She was saved late in her life, and though she developed dementia shortly thereafter, there was a marked difference in her demeanor and her spirit after she became saved.

The irony of all of this is that lately I’ve been praying for a specific answer to a direction I’ve received from the Lord. I know I am to teach, and I also know that I’ve been called to minister to a specific group of women, those ages 16-23, about specific issues. I know that the circumstances of my life were used to bring glory to God. I have already been given an audience and a platform, but I’ve been praying about the specific message and how to deliver it.
But I have to be honest here, I’ve been very comfortable lately explaining my inactivity away by telling myself that I’m still learning myself, still maturing, acquiring wisdom.

Until now. I’ve been working on developing a ministry and book targeted at young women in regards to Jesus, and life, and choices. Every idea I’ve had to this point has seemed trite and overdone. But, in my garden on Monday, God whispered the answer to me. I know the calling for me now, the direction, and the content of my message.

Now I am hoping to be awarded a scholarship to the She Speaks conference in July of this year. I am hoping that this conference will help me to organize and design an effective way to deliver the message. This is an opportunity to hear women discuss Godly purpose and ministry in writing, blogging, and speaking. This is the tool I lack. Go here to see the website for the conference. Click here to see the blog with even more information. Consider whether you could benefit from it, and then apply.

It’s an opportunity to hone skills, develop ideas, and be inspired by the work other women are doing to glorify God. Perhaps you know someone who could benefit from attending. Maybe you’re the one who needs to go. Whatever the reason, check it out!

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1 Comment on Legacy

  1. Lindsey @ A New Life
    April 2, 2009 at 10:53 am (9 years ago)

    Praying for your dream and wishing you luck in the contest!

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