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    Quotables: The Fruit of Her Hands

    October 12, 2009 by Brandy Vencel
    The Fruit of Her Hands:
    Respect and the Christian Woman

    My parents taught me to love and respect my Grandma. That meant writing thank-you letters when I received a gift, as well as writing newsy letters from time to time. I remember my mother {Granny’s only child} writing her mom once a week. I also remember the trips to see Granny and her trips to visit us.

    Over the years, she gradually became cranky. Still my parents would travel a couple thousand miles each year to see her. In between times they called and wrote and sent gifts. The last time they went to visit she wouldn’t let my mother even use her washing machine, so my folks went to the laundromat. Shortly after this visit ended, Granny had a stroke. My parents hurried back to take care of her.

    [snip]

    Mom and Dad were living in a mobile home while they were building their house. Dad rearranged the floor plans so Granny could have a room near theirs.

    It wasn’t easy. But God never promised obedience would be easy. He did promise blessings and grace and strength, and that is what He gave…Initially, Granny was not always pleasant, but God began to work a wonderful change in her. Though her speech remained garbled and confused as a result of her stroke, her heart cleared…She became a sweetness and a joy.

    [snip]

    I will always be grateful to my parents…for teaching me to love and honor [Granny], and for honoring and loving her themselves.

    New American Standard Bible


    Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

    The Ten Commandments

    By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

    Jesus

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