Wisdom from Grammie :: Doris Howard {Ep 109}

Feb 22, 2016

Her birth name is Doris. But everyone calls her “Grammie.”

Enough said.

You know you’re gonna learn a lot from an 80-year-old, follower of Jesus, named Doris who goes by “Grammie.”

Then you discover she raised three kids. All who currently serve in ministry. Mentored Rich Mullins. Buried her husband after 32 years. As an older widow adopted a 14-year-old girl. That girl, now a married adult, lives less than a mile away to help care for Grammie.

Mostly you learn God provides.

After I stopped recording the interview Grammie said a piece of wisdom I can’t stop thinking about:

“We just need to obey and leave the consequences to God.”

What you are contemplating right now? What is He asking you to stop doing or start doing? How much time have you spent with all the ‘what ifs’? Who are you afraid to disappoint? Or what do you think you’ll miss out on?

Maybe you and I should absorb take Grammie’s advice and just obey and leave the rest to God.

What we chat about:

  • How scarlet fever at age 3 & her grandfather’s prayers inspired her faith.
  • The goals Grammie set at the age of 14 years old, and how God met them all.
  • Her journey to Bible knowledge–learning one story at a time.
  • How Grammie and her husband, Morris, started to mentor Rich Mullins.
  • The death of her husband 3 months after Rich came to live with them and two weeks before her daughter’s wedding.
  • The 3 sentences God gave Grammie after her husband’s funeral.
  • How she became a missionary to a young Asheville church at the age of 70 years old.
  • Her ministry to parents called “Pioneer Parenting: to share heaven together.”
  • The four chapters of the Bible Grammie would pick for moms to read.
  • The one question to ask when hard things happen.
  • Grammie’s empathy for the young mom with little ones–her encouragement when you feel like you can’t serve.
  • A word of hope for days you get discouraged by circumstances.
  • The prayer Grammie prayed for each of her kids.
  • What their family worship time looked like once a week.
  • How we can share Christ from the overflow of what we are learning, in the every day moments.
  • Why Grammie calls Philippians 4:4-9 “mental health verses” (& connects them with Colossians 3).
  • God’s provision in Grammie’s old age, from her obedience with a 14 year old girl from youth group.

Links Mentioned:

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1.Listen on the blog. Click through to GodCenteredMom.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post.

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  1. SuseFish

    Just wonderful – what an inspiration.

  2. Cheryl

    Oh my goodness! What wisdom!! I just keep playing it over and over. What I wouldn’t do to have someone like this, to speak truth into my life. Heather, I LOVE your podcasts! They help me through those days when I need to remember how important my job is to the kingdom of heaven. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU for listening to God’s calling you to this ministry.

    • Heather MacFadyen

      Oh friend! I’m so glad to hear that. And after the week I had. . .I think i need to re-listen to my own show!!! Don’t we all need reminders of His goodness and our value in His plan? So glad I found your comment today. Thank you for taking the time to write me! blessings

  3. Stephanie

    Heather~thank you so much for these podcast. I have listened every week since October. Thank you for sharing Grammie! I have 3 boys 6 and under..she was SUCH an inspiration to me! Keep up the great work!! We appreciate it!!

    • Heather MacFadyen

      bless you!!! you’ve got a lot going on my friend. I remember those days. Praying God continues to breathe fresh life into you today.

  4. Rachel

    I continue to be amazed when God gives me exactly what I need to hear during different seasons of my life. And this…this podcast felt like words directly from God. Grammie’s comment about taking one day at a time and God supplying our need for today was like a balm to my anxious hurting heart. Thank you Heather for this ministry. I have been truly blessed by listening to your podcasts. I just discovered them and so I’m having fun going back and listening to the older ones as well. God bless you!

    • Heather MacFadyen

      I adore that part about the internet. That we can put things out there, then He can bring them to the right person at the right time. Praying He continues to be the balm to your anxious, hurting heart. Blessings

  5. Sarah

    Wow. I’m not sure how I came across your podcasts, but I have been enjoying them immensely, and this one with “Grammie” was just fantastic. Before opening my podcasts yesterday I had been praying for the wisdom of an older, Godly woman. Seeing the description of this podcast was just a total “God moment” for me. I pray for a local “Grammie” in my life! Thanks for the fantastic podcasts!

    • Heather MacFadyen

      Oh! YAY! I’ll join you now in praying. Lord, you know Sarah’s desire for a godly, older woman in her life. Bring that woman to mind. Tap that lady on the shoulder urging her to share her wisdom with Sarah. We know it is your longing as well. Amen.

  6. elizamaree

    Heather, I really, really, really enjoyed this episode of your podcast! Grammie is such a blessing to those around her, and really made me miss my Grandma! Her ‘one day at a time’ wisdom really spoke to me, especially the part about asking God what He wants me to do today. Thankyou for sharing this wonderful lady with us all on your podcast!

    • Heather MacFadyen

      Thank you for listening! And I’m with you on the missing my grandma. Hard when our daily lives aren’t intersecting with more generations before us. And loved the same parts you did. One day at a time, Sweet Jesus!

  7. Jackie Siekbert

    Excellent!! Wisdom gleaned from a senior Saint. Enjoyed this so much.

    • Heather MacFadyen

      My favorite thing. . . wisdom from godly women! so glad you agree!

  8. Jessica white

    Wow what an amazing women of God. I loved this episode!!! So thankful for your brother introducing this sweet lady to us. I have already listened twice and feel like I keep getting more and more blessings each time.

    • Heather MacFadyen

      Ha! twice!! Well, I guess I listened to it twice as well. 😉 I’m so glad it was a blessing.

  9. Nell

    I just adored this interview. She is a precious gemstone of wisdom.


    • Heather MacFadyen

      Thanks Nell! Isn’t she wonderful? So thankful my brother connected us!

  10. deborahktuttle

    i listened to this a week or so ago and was completely blessed. It was such a gift to me in the season of life that I am in. She’s precious!

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