Grandma twice before 40

2008 would be one of the most trying times in my life as a woman seeking the Lord. My husband had a major back surgery April 3rd and 6 days later, on April 9th I became a Grandma to our teen daughter’s little girl.

My husband Gene would have his 2nd of 4 back surgeries in April 2009, lose his job and be put on disability all while my daughter gave birth again on June 3rd. The pattern of our lives for 2 years was surgery, baby, surgery, baby, surgery and another surgery in 2010.

Since 2008, I have really learned what a tender-heart my Savior has and all that has come our way has given Him opportunity to reveal sides we didn’t even know existed.  It was a time of growth, confusion, anger, questioning, trying to control my out-of-control life and double blessing.

Below the pictures are the links sharing some of my journey of becoming a Grandma before the age of 40 not once, but twice. And what a journey it has been…

Grandblessings Juliana and Amiyah (on the right) Easter 2012

When Grace Meets Innocence

I’m Here!

Whole Trust

More Lessons of Grace

Our Grandbaby is Here!

I Love Anything In Pink

The Sisters Meet for the First Time

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6 Responses to Grandma twice before 40

  1. Using our stories for HIS glory, Amen! My life theme is: Let the redeemed of the Lord SAY SO! I’m not proud of my past, but I am proud of God’s redeeming love, proud of His grace, and proud of His Word being true, that where sin abounds, grace much more abounds! Another motto is that sin can NEVER take us farther than God’s grace can save us! Your story on Renee’s blog reminded me of the Lifehouse Everything skit you can find below. I pray it blesses you!
    http://adjustedsails.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/god-delivered-me-from/

  2. Love the beautiful prayers from Susan JOY…and Wow…what a remarkable story Lelia! There are so many I know who went through abortion and have felt that a miscarriage was punishment for their choice…or a friend who once said to me, “I have done the unforgivable…” I told her nothing was unpardonable. Jesus came to set us free. She assured me her sin would never be forgiven. She had had an abortion she confided. I tried to assure her that she believed a lie…she was forgiven.
    How many women have been separated from God through the guilt and shame and pain of abortion. What a healing blessing you offer. May the Lord continue to bless you and open doors and hearts as you obey this awesome call on your life!

    • Wow! Thank you so much and awesome that you are such an encouragement to your friend. 🙂 I have learned that nothing we have done is too heavy to be nailed to cross. You bless me….thank you!

  3. susanthornton2012 says:

    Dearest Lelia,

    I’ve just finished reading through several of your blogs and I’m thinking out loud, “WOW! Father God, you are really using this woman’s life, her circumstances and all the good, bad and ugly that Lelia has experienced!” Woo-hooo!! Lelia, I praise God for what you have so boldly shared, the courage of being open and honest and recognizing that your Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus receives all glory and honour.

    When we consider Acts 1:8, we have Christ’s plan, His command to carry out the plan, and the power to carry out His goal to reach the whole world with the Good News of His salvation. We, as believers in Jesus, can easily be diverted from this first and foremost of Jesus’ instructions, particularly if we have been lugging all the extra baggage from our past with us! We may be comfortable in our own salvation and cease to be concerned for the salvation of others. We may hide behind excuses such as, “I don’t know enough” or “I need to understand the Bible better,” and by such means escape our Jesus-given assignment to be witnesses. Jesus told us clearly that ALL we need, to enable us to share the Gospel is, the power of the Holy Spirit.

    I will continue to ask Jesus now for the Holy Spirit to come upon everyone who reads your blog and that He will prepare the hearts of the women attending your conference in March 2013. May you and all of your speaker’s have the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon your lives as you share what the Lord has laid upon your heart’s. May there be MANY who will come to know our Saviour Jesus and MANY who will rededicate their lives to Him. You have touched my heart Lelia and I will continue to pray God’s blessings IN and THROUGH your life, your husband, children and grandchildren.

    Let’s keep in touch if possible, as I would delight in witnessing what God will be doing in the ministry that He has prepared for you. Blessings and heaps of warm Canadian hugs! xx

    “Heavenly Father, my Abba, use each one of us at Your time and place, for Your purpose and for Your honour and Glory forever! Lord Jesus, I’m one of Your believers. I’ll open my mouth, make a sound, and You, Holy Spirit, as Acts 1:4 says, will give me utterance. I trust You to give me words that will communicate with You, Lord God, (see 1 Cor. 14:1-6) and communicate Jesus to people. In Jesus’ Name I pray, and keep on praying until I experience Your Holy Spirit’s fullness, Amen and Amen!

    Yours for being available to the Holy Spirit to win someone to Jesus today,

    Lovingly, Susan JOY Thornton xx (Ontario, Canada) XXXX

  4. Susan JOY Thornton says:

    Dearest Lelia,

    I’ve just finished reading through several of your blogs and thinking, “WOW! Father God, you are really using this woman’s life, her circumstances and all the good, bad and ugly that Lelia has experienced!” Lelia, I praise God for what you have so boldly shared, the courage of being open and honest and recognizing that your Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus receives all glory and honour.

    When we consider Acts 1:8, we have Christ’s plan, His command to carry out the plan, and the power to carry out His goal to reach the whole world with the Good News of His salvation. We, as believers in Jesus, can easily be diverted from this first and foremost of Jesus’ instructions, particularly if we have been lugging all the extra baggage from our past with us! We may be comfortable in our own salvation and cease to be concerned for the salvation of others. We may hide behind excuses such as, “I don’t know enough” or “I need to understand the Bible better,” and by such means escape our Jesus-given assignment to be witnesses. Jesus told us clearly that ALL we need, to enable us to share the Gospel is, the power of the Holy Spirit.

    I will continue to ask Jesus now for the Holy Spirit to come upon everyone who reads your blog and that He will prepare the hearts of the women attending your conference in March 2013. May you and all of your speaker’s have the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon your lives as you share what the Lord has laid upon your heart’s. May there be MANY who will come to know our Saviour Jesus and MANY who will rededicate their lives to Him. You have touched my heart Lelia and I will continue to pray God’s blessings IN and THROUGH your life, your husband, children and grandchildren.

    Let’s keep in touch if possible, as I would delight in witnessing what God will be doing in the ministry that He has prepared for you. Blessings and heaps of warm Canadian hugs! xx

    Heavenly Father, my Abba, use each one of us at Your time and place, for Your purpose and for Your honour and Glory forever! Lord Jesus, I’m one of Your believers. I’ll open my mouth, make a sound, and You, Holy Spirit, as Acts 1:4 says, will give me utterance. I trust You to give me words that will communicate with You, Lord God, and communicate Jesus to people. In Jesus’ Name I pray, and keep on praying until I experience Your Holy Spirit’s fullness, Amen and Amen!
    Yours for being available to the Holy Spirit to win someone to Jesus today,

    Lovingly, Susan JOY Thornton xx (Ontario, Canada) XX

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