Yesterday, in Part 1: What Kind of Woman Are You?, I shared the importance of how we live out our dash (-), i.e. the space between our birth date and our death date. I also shared the first of 3 characteristics of the kind of woman my grandmother, who recently passed ,was as well as the woman you and I can become during our individual dashes.
Woman of welcoming
No matter who walked through the doors of 3205 Gunther Avenue, s/he was welcomed with open arms, a warm smile and a “You hungry”? My grandma would sit and laugh with strangers like they were old friends and when you left, she would ask when you were coming back to see her. She wasn’t just her biological family’s grandma, but she was everyone’s grandma and anyone who met her was treated as such. She had a warm and inviting spirit, was always smiling or laughing and feisty too! One couldn’t help but to love to be around her.
Woman of the Word
“A well-worn Bible is a sign of a well-fed soul and a Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone whose life isn’t. ~Anonymous
As is evidenced by the picture here, my grandmother was a woman of the Word. One of my aunts reminded us that even in her demented state of mind, where my grandmother had long forgotten her children and grandchildren’s names, the word of God was so deeply embedded in her spirit that she could (and often would) recite Bible verses from memory. If you started a verse, she would often finish it. Listening to her at times, one would know that she had the Word of God hidden in her heart.
Woman of Waiting
“Until” is a word that will forever hold a special place in my heart as it relates to my grandmother. It was something she uttered to my best friend and I over 10 years ago as we were getting ready to leave from a much needed visit with her. She spoke those words to me, fully understanding the weight of that word in her own life as a woman of waiting. It wasn’t the kind of waiting that we think about when we are anxious about something and wishing God could hurry up and grant our desires. My grandmother knew about tarrying until, an ancient concept in this microwave society. It was a confident, peaceful waiting and a waiting of endurance because she wasn’t waiting on a “what”, but a “Who“. And while she waited for the Savior that she worshipped and loved to carry her home, her heart was strengthened and she developed the courage that she would need daily.
The courage she needed to stand in the face of ridicule and ostracism from her own family.
The courage to stand when she laid her husband of 56 years to rest.
The courage to be an anchor for one of her daughters who had to bury her first born son unexpectedly.
The courage to leave her husband and 9 children behind to come to a foreign county in order to pave the way of opportunities for them.
She knew personally of the One for whom she was waiting. It was the One David quoted in Psalm 27:14, a verse she always shared with anyone she met. Her hope was in Him and Him alone and that gave her the courage to continue in her Word, worshipping, waring, welcoming and exercising wisdom, as a woman of waiting. It didn’t mean she wasn’t still moving forward, but that she was still continuing to become God’s best in every season and every moment of her life as she waited on God to do what only He could do.
As you consider what kind of woman you are and the woman you desire to be, even while waiting , I pray you would consider these characteristics of the kind of woman we should all aspire to be as we become God’s best right NOW. Consider your dash (-), how you want to live and what kind of woman you desire to become.
Which woman are you? Do you find yourself in one of the characteristics listed below? What would you add to this list?