Faith and Wrinkles

Jan 19

Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. Proverbs 8:34 NIV


Slide.  Shuffle.  Slide.  Shuffle.  You always know when my grandmother is coming.  The walker drags across the floor before her, and her feet will follow – slow and steady.  Slow and steady doesn’t just describe her walk; it describes her life.  Frances Chapman King was born January 19, 1915, in the midst of The First World War.  She has seen more in her lifetime than many of us can fathom.  She remembers a time when life was slower.  It had to be.  The recent invention of the automobile hadn’t made it her way.  She traveled by horse and buggy or by foot. 


She grew up in a home that honored the Sabbath.  Her daddy didn’t want a lot of playing and foolishness on Sundays, but “the boys would just slip out to the pasture and play where he couldn’t hear them,” she remembered.  They rode the buggy to church.  Behind the church the horses were tied and given food.  While they ate, sparrows came to share in their good fortune.  “Thousands of sparrows would be sitting in the church yard,” Grandmother told me, “And to this day whenever I hear a flock of birds outside, it takes me back to that old country church.”


The Great Depression didn’t seem to touch her family as much as others.  Since they grew most of their own food and didn’t own a car, they weren’t affected by food and gas shortages.  Instead, they helped others by selling extra eggs and tomatoes at the grocery store.  Neighbors could buy milk at their house, as well.  Five cents for a quart of buttermilk and ten cents for a quart of sweet milk. 


Grandmother didn’t have electricity or indoor plumbing until after she married.  But to hear her talk about it, it wasn’t a big deal.  She fondly recalls how they got the electricity. The electric company called for people to sign up to get power, but you had to agree to buy something that required power, as well.  Both my grandmother and my great aunt Mary each bought a Frigidaire.


Each wrinkle tells a story, and her soft brown eyes have seen much. Much to laugh about and much to cry about.  And even though her eyesight has left, she can still see.  She sees through each hurting soul that gets near her.  “Tell Grandmother about it,” she’ll say getting right to the heart of the matter.  


Today is my grandmother’s 94th birthday.  God is not done with her, yet.  After ninety-four years, my grandmother still loves God with a passion.  She gets up every day and prays, “Use me, Lord.  Let me be useful to somebody today.”  And He always grants her request.  Whether it’s a grandchild calling for one of her age-old recipes, a person who needs help paying their telephone bill, or another elderly friend who she offers encouragement; God still uses her.  Friends, she is not at the end of her life.  With a lot of faith and wrinkles, she is just getting started.


Let me point out, Moses was eighty years old when God asked him to go to Pharaoh and request the release of the Israelites.  Do you think Moses thought he had already fulfilled his plan for the Lord?  He was just getting started. 


How about Noah?  The Bible says, Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.(Genesis 6:9 NIV)  Noah was walking with God and probably thought he had already lived out God’s plan for him when God called him to build the ark.  Noah was six hundred when the floods came!  God didn’t tell him to order a big boat from the local boat builder; he told Noah to build it with his own hands.  Can you imagine a six hundred year old man building a boat?  Talk about arthritis! 


Wherever you are in your life, God can use you – if you are willing.  As a tribute to the faith of a ninety-four year old lover of the Lord, won’t you join me today as we say, “Use me, Lord”?


**If you’d like to leave a birthday wish for my grandmother, leave one in the comments or email it to me.  I’ll be sure to read them to her.  Thank you!

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  • Allison Jan 19 at 4:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Grandmother King!!
    How blessed I am to know you.

  • BethAnne Jan 19 at 5:02 pm

    I laughed at you calling it “sweet milk” — that is such a grandmotherly thing to call milk.. My husbands grandmother went home to be with the Lord this morning at 4 am…….we will miss her, but will never forget all her stories and the fun we had with her. Enjoy your grandma…she is just precious!
    Happy Birthday Grandmother!!!

  • Mel Jan 19 at 7:56 pm

    Happy birthday!!! my great grandmom is still alive and she too has the faith thing going on…sweet milk and buttermilk and stories to tell, thanks for sharing!!

  • Xandra@Heart-of-Service Jan 19 at 8:27 pm

    I am honored to share my birthdate with such a godly, wonderful woman! Happy Birthday, and I echo your prayer that God will use me today.


  • ocean mommy Jan 19 at 9:26 pm

    Happy 94th B’day to my dear friend’s grandmother! Your passion and willingness to be used by our Savior has blessed my heart today. You have encouraged me to do the same. Now…have a big piece of cake and a tall glass of sweet milk!

  • Victoria Jan 19 at 9:46 pm

    I am a new reader of this blog, but already I can tell it will be well worth my time. A birthday blessing for your Grandmother:

    Happy Birthday! I want you to know how much reading this little piece of your history has blessed me. 🙂 I have a passion for helping people to dedicate their lives to the Lord that He may use them for His glory. I see so many people who feel like their reason for living has passed, but your life gives me hope! Please continue living for the Lord and know that He is being magnified through you each day! I will spread this testimony to those I meet as the Lord guides my heart.

    May God bless you richly for saying with Jesus,” I have come to to be served, but to serve.”

    In Him~


  • Beth in NC Jan 19 at 9:49 pm

    Happy Birthday Dear Saint! God bless you as you leave such a wonderful heritage and example for your family to follow!

    What a sweet post!


  • Amy Wyatt Jan 20 at 2:28 am

    Happy Birthday Ms.King. Hearing about your life and your faith has truly been a blessing to me today.

  • Anonymous Jan 20 at 3:42 am

    What a glorious tribute to a wonderful lady! Mrs. King’s sterling reputation has preceded her … I have heard so many glorious stories about Mrs. King from Martin Morris and many other notables … HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY … may you continue to live in good health for many more years … what a wonderful heart you have … HATS OFF TO MRS. KING ON HER BIRTHDAY!
    Jackie Goodman, Atlanta

  • Darnelle Jan 20 at 5:48 am


    Jesus, may we all be as in love with you at 94 as G-ma King!

    (AND, I wanna wear RED when I’m 94!)

    Happy Birthday! I wish I could meet you!


  • Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe Jan 20 at 8:35 pm

    What a precious post. Happy birthday Grandma King!!!

  • KelliGirl Jan 21 at 1:54 am

    Happy Birthday to your grandmother! My grandmother turned 90 this past October and I can really to relate to your touching tribute. God wants us to grow where you’re planted and your grandmother is certainly a shining example for us all!

  • Peggy Jan 22 at 10:58 pm

    What a BEAU TI FUL WOMAN & tribute!
    l_______HAPPY 94th______l 
    1____Grandma King_______1 


    How wonderful to be faithful and still have a Grandma to share & build your faith! Enjoy each day
    of celebrating a wonderful woman with her! Praising God!

    A happy birthday to YOU, a happy birthday to You…every day of the year may you find Jesus near!

    A happy birthday to YOU, a happy birthday to YOU, the best you've ever had…and many more!!!

    I have not had a grandma around for
    centuries! Never knew one 'til she died!

  • Anonymous Feb 2 at 3:33 am

    I havent been on here in too long…

    Awe i love grandmas…and love that story..My grandmother passed away almost 8 yrs ago this Feb..thier isnt a day I think of her…I loved her…
    So thankful to see your awesome..and blessed you are to have her..TO have her see you a great mother, wife.,..and a Christian living her faith… girl..

  • Truly blessed Feb 6 at 2:55 am

    My first visit to your blog will not be my last…belated Happy Birthday to that wonderful grandmother. This article speaks to many issues. I will be following.

    Be blessed

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