Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Trials and Grandmother's Rocking Chair

Antique Rocking Chair Displayed at Old Sturbridge Village

I have an old rocking chair which belonged to my grandmother. She was from Alabama and was married to a preacher. She had many trials in her life. She was a dear lady. I have decided to bring that rocking chair into my living room as a reminder of my grandmother. I will sit and rock, when times get rough, and sing her favorite hymn, "Tempted and Tried. . We'll understand it all by and by."

When a trial happens, the best thing to do is just start working. Just start cleaning or fixing supper. Say prayers and let the tears fall, but get some housework done. This will help bring peace.

We can think of the generations before us, and the hard work they accomplished at home each day. Our grandmothers read their Bibles and went to church and prayed. They had great wisdom. Yet our culture is changing and we often feel like pioneers in a new world and don't know how to handle anything.  Remembering the history of our families and the old days will help us keep our bearings.

This afternoon,  I am going to bring out the old rocking chair and I am going to sit quietly and pray and sing some of the old hymns and remember my heritage.

Mrs. White

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Cassidy said...

What a special heirloom!! Your grandmother would be so pleased! I agree when things get tough if I get busy and don't have idle hands I find peace and joy in the work and in the Lord.

*HUGS* Cass

Illinois Lori said...

Dear Mrs. White,

God "comforts us in all of our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds by Christ" (2 Cor. 1:4,5).

I want to let you know what a blessing your posts, and this one especially, have been to me the past couple of weeks. I am dealing with a trial that is causing days of anxiety. I know you've dealt with that, and with cancer, which is what I am in a "waiting period" for while I feel lumps and bumps but need to wait for my dr appointment to be here.
Some days I am fine, other days my mind can wander into dark and anxious places. I do not love housekeeping work as you do, but you are 100% right...it is the best thing to dive into when anxious thoughts assail! My natural tendency is to crawl under a blanket and hide, but then my mind is free to Satan's attacks of fear.

I do not have a rocking chair, but I have a nice easy chair and ottoman by the fireplace, and it is cold, rainy/snowy, grey, and foggy here in Illinois today, so I will put on some uplifting music, continue with my spring cleaning and my food storage plans, and take rests in my chair by the fire with my Bible on my lap. And I will continue to thank God for you, and to remember your needs before His throne, dear lady!
Thank you again for sharing your life here, you are a blessing.
"For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints." (Hebrews 6:10)

Many blessings,