Summer of Mentorship [Week Six] :: Grammie (Doris Howard)
Everyone calls her “Grammie.”
You know you’re gonna learn a lot from an 80-year-old, follower of Jesus, named Doris who goes by “Grammie.” Such a great way to end the “Summer of Mentorship” series, right?
In this episode you’ll hear about how Grammie raised three kids, who all currently serve in ministry. She 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.
GCM Podcast Club Discussion Questions:
- Grammie shares about the power of prayer in her life. How have you seen God to be faithful to answer the desires of your heart? Does her story inspire you to have even more faith?
- “Your goal in parenting is to share heaven together.” Does this statement shift your goals or intentions for parenting well?
- How can taking our eyes off tomorrow and asking God what he wants for us today relieve stress in our lives? How could it affect the time we have with our kids?
- Grammie shares about the role of scripture in her life. Ask God to reveal a scripture you need for your life right now. Then ask who else you can share it with.
- There’s so much wisdom in this episode! What top three things stood out to you about Grammie’s testimony? How will it change you moving forward?
- Highland Christian Church–where Grammie serves as Spiritual Formation Leader
- Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation”.
- Rich Mullin’s life story, “Ragamuffin-the Movie”
- “Awesome God” song
- Revolutionary Parenting by Barna Group
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