1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 
My middle daughter’s love language is quality time. She loves spending time watching her favorite channel, Hallmark. Not necessarily my favorite; none the less, sitting with her fills my cup and its growing on me. I typically allow her to pick the show. Lately, she keeps on asking to watch “Murder She Wrote”, an old mid 80’-90’s mystery TV show staring Angela Lansbury. When I asked her why she keeps requesting this series over the dozens of other new shows, she stated “In honor of your grandmother.”

"Murder she wrote," was one of my grandmother’s favorite TV shows, she passed away years before my middle daughter was born. I find it precious how sentimental this is to my daughter, simply by only hearing the beautiful memories of my grandmother’s life through the stories we have shared.

My grandmother grew up in a German orphanage in New York. She lost both of her parents by the time she was 8 years old. Records show the orphanage tried putting her up for adoption; however, every attempt failed and she was returned to the orphanage swiftly labeled “unruly”.

I have so many valuable memories about my grandmother. One that changed my perspective on many things took place while I was in middle school. I was writing a paper about the Great Depression. Part of the assignment was to interview a family member who survived that devastating era. When I sat down to interview my grandmother, I was prepared for the mix of emotions that might pour forth as she relived that experience. I began asking my list of questions and was surprised her answers were quite contrary to what I had imagined. She said, “Actually dear, it was not so depressing for me. I barely knew we were in a depression. It was like every other day prior to the depression. We were still fed our not so fancy food, had a bed to sleep on and a roof over our heads. We didn’t know the difference.”

Her responses to my questions were far from what I was expecting to hear; however, I remember feeling hope rise up in me. I saw how God had kept my grandmother (Psalms 121) , I saw the great work He completed in her (Philippians 1:6), and I witnessed her final years surrounded by a large family who loved her just as she was! She has left us with so many cherished memories - love, laughter and a legacy of family that still lives on!

Her life reminds me of the saying. “It’s not how you start the race, but how you finish’! My grandmother’s life was far from ideal but what I loved most about her, was her perspective. She fell in love with Jesus and felt that she was the richest most loved woman. A box of sugar-free chocolates made her day. She often sang a song, “I’m a Lonely Little Petunia in an Onion Patch” when her insecurities would get the best of her; but for the most, part she learned to love God, love herself, forgive, let go and love beyond the circumstance.

Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. 31 The second is this:'Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these."

Hugs and Christ's Love, 

Ana Martinez
EVENT INFO: BRAVE  Friday March 22nd, 2019

Bravery in the ordinary can lead to a life that is extraordinary. Come be inspired to rise up and make a difference in your community. Experience stories and music that will fill you with hope that you can live a life of bravery too. A free event for middle school and high school girls and their guardians. Speakers, music, self defense, giveaways and more. Invite your friends – they won't want to miss this epic night!

Location • Mariners Church Worship Center
Come at 5:30p for patio fun, games and food. Program starts at 7pm
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