Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Blood that Runs Through These Veins ~ Brave Strong Women

The Prairie Is My Garden by Harvey Dunn

Grandmother on father's side died in her early 40's. But the years she gave her family were strong years. She had soft black hair and her skin was gentle and pale. A small smile hid on the corner of her lips. They say she looked like me. She was a helpmeet to her husband on their rural prairie homestead. She raised five wild boys on that rugged parcel of land. She was a strong woman, she was a tender woman. She lived through hard times but was quietly brave through every single one of them.

Grandmother on mother's side passed away at a ripe old age. Her hair was white like frosting. Her eyes were determined and blue. She married a man who was studying to become a doctor. He changed his mind, bought a small piece of property and decided to raise poultry. Though she was a city girl, she supported him. Even when that small piece of land had nothing but a garage in which to live. She made that into a home with her young family until they were finally able to build one. This took years for nothing was financed. Every penny was saved, every dollar was earned. But they built a strong legacy for themselves, they built a hard working family.

When I begin to feel weary and weak in this earthly journey, I remember that I share their blood. It is brave and strong like the many believing women before them. It runs through these veins every day. And it is not just any blood, but one that has been washed in His blood, giving it endurance, perseverance and everlasting life. It enabled them just as it enables ALL OF US today to "do all things through Christ which strengtheneth" (Philippians 4:13).

I pray that I will pass this same sturdy legacy to my children and my grandchildren. It is a legacy of love, but not just any love, it is His perfect love and what we are able to accomplish because of it.

"Watch, stand fast in the faith,
be brave, be strong."
~ 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NKJV)


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21 comments:

  1. Beautiful! May we remember we came from so that we can be strong for where we are going. Lovely post. I am visiting from Teach Me Tues. this morning. Have a great Tues.!
    Joanne Viola
    http://daysnthoughts.com
    For some reason I could not sign in :( but did not want to be anonymous either :)

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  2. I love this post. I too come from a long line of strong women. Not just in character but, faith as well! Blessings from Ringle, WI.

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    1. Thank you for sharing that! And even earlier, we all come from the line of Noah's dedicated wife, a wonderful lineage that is :)

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  3. It sounds like you come from a long line of ladies who had a heart and mind for the home. Most of my ancestors were farmers until the generation just before me, but I'm getting them back on track. ;) And I think it's really neat that we feel a kinship with like-minded bloggers, too. :)

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    1. Yes, you and Magnolia Tea are special like that! hearty, brave, kind, loving, and strong women of the Lord!! I love you both :)
      "When I begin to feel weary and weak in this earthly journey, I remember that I share their blood. It is brave and strong like the many believing women before them."
      This touched me today and makes me ponder the strong women of faith im my heritage.

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  4. This made me smile and think about my nan! Love that woman, even named my oldest daughter after her! She raised 6 kids on a little bit of nothing but love. Nan has been rejoicing for 10 years now, and Pap is almost 90. One of my favorite things to do is show up at Pap's and over hear him praying. Sorry to remember my awesome grandparents in a blog comment! Thanks for the smile!
    Rebecca Ayers

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    1. How special! Thank you for sharing!!! :)

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  5. Wonderful post.. So thankful that God has blessed me with the same heritage..
    Blessings..

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  6. Beautifully written! Thank-you SO much for a truly wonderful read this morning :)

    Erin
    http://yellowbirchhobbyfarm.blogspot.com

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  7. So beautiful! Thank you for sharing and thank you so much for linking up over at http://rosevinecottagegirls.blogspot.com

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  8. Very glad to read your tribute to strong family women. I often think of my grandmother who immigrated to this country at the age of 19. She raised a family of seven on a small subsistence farm--while her husband worked in the copper mines.

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    1. Wow! Thank you for sharing her story! She must have been a brave strong woman too!!!

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  9. Thank you for sharing your family's story! What a legacy to leave with your family; you do come from a family of strong women. Quite an honor for you and a well written story.

    I found your post on the Modest Mom link-up :)

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  10. Hello, I just had the same line of thinking, I just finished a post myself about the same subject.
    Maybe it is the time of the year, where we all feel like time is just flying by, the Holidays are upon us. But, I also like to remind myself of all the Godly women who have gone before me!
    Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving, Roxy

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  11. I love this post...third one today on your blog that has brought tears to my eyes....:)

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  12. What a legacy. I love this post!

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