Grannies Say the Darndest Things

Before Oprah or Dr. Phil, there was my Granny Poo.  Sometimes funny, other times sassy, she was a witty lady who always knew just what to say. She was full of wisdom and grace, and her words are a road map for life. A few days before she passed away, I sat in a recliner chair in her hospital room and made a list of all her funny and wise sayings. When she awoke the next morning, I stood beside her bed and read my list. “Granny, remember when you used to say,” I started off and then imitated her voice and gestures as I recited each quote. She looked up at me and smiled. It was the last time she ever really saw me and knew that I was there. The last time that there was any hint of recognition in her eyes when she looked at me. Perhaps the last time that she understood just how much she meant to me. After she passed away, I typed all of her quotes and included them in her funeral program as a tribute to her. When I think of my granny poo, I can hear her say:

  1. Lord, may Your praise be continually in my mouth and acceptable in Your sight, Oh Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
  2. I’m just your lil’ Sister McKinney in the Lord.
  3. My anointing or calling doesn’t make me better than anyone else; it makes me responsible.
  4. Lord, I’ll tell dying men and women about your goodness everywhere. These and many blessings we ask in Your name, Amen.
  5. Never esteem anyone higher than yourself.
  6. Jesus of Nazareth, reach out your nail-scarred hands.
  7. God wants to bless you, but you have to stop thinking that you aren’t already worthy or qualified.
  8. Why do you always wait ‘till the last minute? Do the hard part first.
  9. Lord, we come boldly before the throne of grace. We know that you never failed us and we know that you never will.
  10. If God never gives me another blessing, He’s been good to me.
  11. Some things must be said because they must be said, and some things must be done because they must be done.
  12. No mercy given, no mercy shown. No mercy shown, no mercy given.
  13. Stay in your lane.
  14. Stop kissin’ on me. You gon’ mess up my pretty skin!
  15. I look to the hills from whence cometh my help, for my help cometh from the Lord.
  16. He is the author and finisher of my faith.
  17. We walk by faith, and not by sight.
  18. I’m doing pretty good, thank God.
  19. One day at a time.
  20. Order in the court!
  21. To God be the glory.
  22. A delay is not a denial.
  23. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things unseen.
  24. With love and kindness have I drawn thee.
  25. God is not the author of confusion.
  26. In everything, let there be decency and order.
  27. God sits high and looks low.
  28. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
  29. To whom much is given, much is required.
  30. Clean your room!
  31. There’s a time and a place for everything.
  32. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, Oh Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
  33. The prayers of the righteous availeth much.
  34. No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue that shall arise against me, in the judgment, He shall condemn.
  35. God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good.
  36. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
  37. Nothing can happen unless God permits it.

One thought

  1. I’m sorry for your loss. Your granny sounds like she was a soldier for the Lord 🙂 One of my mom’s sayings. Such a wonderful way to remember someone you love.

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