Beyond Blessed plus a Giveaway

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In light of the Legacy Campaign for Proverbs 31 Ministries, I decided that my blessings this week would be women of faith that have impacted my life.

  •  Mary Taylor (Grandma) ~ I remember going to church with her and grandpa when I spent the night. She was a minister’s wife for many years and therefore, at the church to do whatever needed to be done. The church has always been an integral part of my grandma’s life. Her example drove this home to me growing up.


  • Helen Chezem ~ Helen was my Sunday School teacher when I was in elementary school. She helped me as a new Christian to grow in my faith as well as teaching me the importance of memorizing scripture. I still remember climbing the “mountain” in our classroom as I memorized verses and began to recall them in times of trouble.


  • Kay Taylor (Mom) ~ She showed by example the kind of Godly wife and mother I needed to be. My parents have been married for over 40 years, which is rare in this day and age. They are even more in love with each other than when they were first married. Even in light of various trials and      circumstances, she has remained grounded in her faith. My mom has also taught me that no matter your age or spiritual maturity, digging into the Word through personal devotions and Bible studies are so important.


  • Barb Theiss ~ Barb was placed in my life at one of the darkest times in my life when my husband left our three small children and me. She had walked the same road a few years before me, so she was there to lift me up, help and encourage me when many others turned away. Barb’s counsel brought me back close to God, so that my heart could be healed. I could not have made it through that valley without Barb becoming God’s hands and feet for me.


  •  Lucy Spelbring ~ When I think of the proverbs 31 woman in the Bible, my mind immediately goes to my Grandma Lucy. She had such an incredible work ethic and accomplished more before lunchtime than most people accomplished all day. Her faith showed through in her actions. She went out of her way to help and encourage others. She was the glue and spiritual framework that the family built upon.

I am so thankful that God blessed me with these women and several others to help shape and encourage me on my faith walk.

It is your turn, who has left a legacy in your life? I would love for you to share your story in the comment section and I will randomly select one woman to be honored for the Proverbs 31 Legacy Campaign.



13 thoughts on “Beyond Blessed plus a Giveaway

  1. Jamy like you my grandmothers. My paternal grandmother was always in church and when in town we were there with her. I remember my first grade teacher and her ministry. She took every single one of her students to church with her, one at a time and she would drive up to our house, pick us up and treat us to ice cream on the way home. Can you imagine the joy waiting on your teacher to pick you up and what an impression on me even today.

  2. Jamy, it is wonderful that you have had so many godly women in your life. I wish I could say the same. My mom has definitely been a rock for me but we didn’t grow up as a church family. I am trying very hard to do things different with my son though by attending church with him and getting him involved with learning about how wonderful God is and how much he loves us!

  3. Jamy,
    This is such an awesome idea for a blog post! We need to be reaffirming one another, woman to woman; lifting one another up; giving the women in our lives a “peek behind the curtain” to see the influence they have had on us.

    I would say my maternal Grandmother played an enormous role during my adolescence in showing me both sides of the “working woman” debate. She was a teacher until she was in her 80’s and a very educated woman (unusual for someone born in 1913). She was also an incredible homemaker with baking/cooking, housekeeping, and gardening skill to rival just about anyone. She also taught me the value of stewardship and gratitude in regards to life’s many blessings. I never felt like she didn’t have time to talk to me. I miss her very much!


  4. Jamy,

    Thank you so much for this! I have thought about family legacy, as far as how my family and my husband’s family have left a legacy for us. But I don’t know that I have really thought about the women that have influenced me outside my family. I am definitely going to put more thought to this. Maybe I will use this as part of my blog either this week or next. Thank you for the inspiration!


  5. Jamy, Wow. Great people around you. Inspires me to write those who have helped me along my life journey.
    thanks for sharing

  6. I love this Jamy! Thank you for sharing about these wonderful, Godly women who have impacted your life. My sister has been one of those women for me. She is just an amazing woman of God and is always there for me no matter what. Love this post and thanks for sharing!


  7. Great post! Thank you for sharing about how these women touched your life.

    A few years ago my aunt Elvira passed away, she was more like my grandma. I had the privilege to give her eulogy, there were so many little things she did that still bring a smile to my face. She went through some very hard and hurtful things in life (divorce). I remember one day, I must have been in at least 14 years old she told me that when she just couldn’t take it anymore she laid her Bible open on the floor and literally fell upon it crying out to God for His help. I know He heard her because her heart was always full of love for others. She always helped everyone and gave her last dime if someone was in need. Her story encouraged me to seek God no matter what happened in life and to have faith that He always listens even if we don’t understand what His plan is.

    Thank you for letting me share this story with you.
    God Bless you,

  8. Megan Jones my youngest daughter. When she was 8 yrs old she wanted to go to Vacation Bible School since we never went to church. We went to that church after VBS but it was a little too overwhelming. So she went to another church’s VBS and it felt like home. We both came to know Jesus as our Lord and baptized the same day. She has a quiet grace about her and her love for God, her husband and son continues to mature me. She has always had piercings and tattoos so once people hear her speak of God they will walk away blessed and less judgmental. She’ll be 30 years old in August and her heart is so mature.

  9. Loved your post! The nostalgic feeling I got while reading, was awesome! What a testimony of love! As far as the question you posed about who has left a legacy in my life? It would have to be a blog posting all in itself…lol…I tend to be a little too long-winded when it comes to writing about friends/family that have help to mold my faith! 🙂 Maybe one day, thanks for the inspiration!
    God Bless 🙂

  10. Jamy :

    That was an awesome post. I love how God blesses each of us with the person we need at just the right time. After reading this post, I may have to write a blog of my own about the legacy of faith in my own life. There are so many though it may take multiple posts. I wanted to thank you for checking on me too. It means more than you know.

  11. What a beautiful list of women, Jamy. Thank you for sharing your heart here. My mother and my mother in law have probably had the most impact on my life. Women of faith, courage, and strength who continue to model love and sacrifice everyday.

  12. I love this post!!! I have always been especially fond of the hymn “Be Thou My Vision” because of the line in verse 4 – “Thou mine inheritance through all my days”
    I was so blessed by women in our family who showed me a love for God, a dedication to helping others and a way of creating a sense of peace in me that has lasted throughout my life so far. I’d love to borrow this idea for a post.
    Thank you for sharing this!

  13. my grandmothers. Mamma Byrd (my dad’s mom) taught me to appreciate the arts – writing, literature, theater, music. Gram (my mom’s mom) taught me to appreciate the art of running a home – cooking, baking, taking care of family. Without Gram, there is no way I could’ve raised my son on my own.

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