Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Is often needed for love
For courage to love
For courage to speak up when you love!

The above poem was written in the heart of a young, thirteen year old girl known to most as Andee. She found herself growing up in a world without the security she once knew. Her grandmother, Marie Coates died September 27, 1979 after an extremely painful journey with Cancer.

God is faithful to heal and restore the hearts of all who are willing. The little girl known as Andee is now grown and sharing a special relationship with her own granddaughter. I am that little girl!!

As I gaze into the eyes of my precious granddaughter, Savannah I think of my Nana and realize the gift God has given me. My Nana taught me how to be a Nana, giving me courage to love and speak up when I love.

In the grip of HIS grace,


* I pray each of you who travel by are doing well. I will be away from the computer and with a dear friend whose husband died, today. Thank you for your prayers, love and encouragement as I share GOD'S love with others!


Ella said...

Amen....And prayers for your dear friend in this time of loss.
Blessings, Ella

Katia said...

Hi Andrea, what sweet words of love about your dear grandma and your sweet grand-daughter.
I am sorry about your friend's husband.
Many blessings dear friend.

Kristie said...

Sounds like she was a wonderful grandmother!

I'll be praying for your friend's comfort today as she mourns the loss of her husband.

Denise said...

Such a sweet post. Will be praying for you today.

Danae Hudson said...

You are so beautiful!!

RCUBEs said...

That's an amazing story and life is truly a cycle. Now, you are that loving Nana to your adorable granddaughter. Passing all the beautiful qualities your nana had shared with you. Such love. Never ends. Take care sister and may the Lord sustain you with His strength!

T said...

What a sweet cycle! Praying for your friends.

Heart2Heart said...


Praying for you sweet sister that you can offer the comfort and peace that your friend needs right now. Praying for her that God will extend His wings and cover her and lift her up so she will know she is not alone in this season of sadness.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat


Andrea, as we approach Mother's Day I often of the special women (Grandmother, Godmother and Aunt) who raised me.

God certainly has an amazing way of perfecting and restoring everything in our lives, especially those broken areas.

Be blessed.

Just Be Real said...

Andrea, first I give you a (((Andrea))) you are such an inspiration to many. Wonderful post dear one, thank you.

Tammy said...

Godly grandmas and parents are a blessing. Beautiful post!

Tracy said...

It's beautiful to read about the relationships God blessed you with with your Nana, and now with your granddaughter.

Rita said...

I hope the funeral goes well and your friend will be comforted. It sounds like you had a wonderful Nana and you are going to be a great Nana! Aren't those grandchildren wonderful? I look forward to seeing mine next week when they come.

Tiedupmemories said...

Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your friend! I bet you are the best grandma! Such a sweet post from a very sweet person!

Diana said...

I'm so sorry to hear the news Andrea. I'm sure that you will be a great comfort to your friend.
That was a lovely prayer. I too was very, very close to my grandmother. I think about her everyday.
Love Di ♥

Jessa said...

Very sweet.

I wanted to let you know of an urgent prayer request at

Lynn said...

Such a beautiful prayer Andrea.
I am so sorry for your friends loss of her husband.


Unknown said...

Savannah is precious! You are blessed to be a Nana.

I'm sorry to hear about your friend's loss.

Colleen said...

Beautiful post. Beautiful poem. Hugs and prayers.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sweet story. How wonderful it must be to be a Nana. I am sorry about your friends husband, I will keep them in my prayers. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post and tribute to your grandmother. I never had a close relationship with mine.

Thanks for sharing....


Loren said...

We were both blessed with wonderful Nana's ~ oh how I miss her and simply cannot wait to be reunited one day !!!

Praying for you dear friend and know the Holy Spirit will lead you and move powerfully through you as you minister HIS Love and Comfort to your friend!

Love you

Auntie Cake said...

Prayers for you friend who lost her darling husband.

Saleslady371 said...

You are a very loving Nana and a very loving friend. Praying for you and your friend and I'm sorry for her loss.

KathyB. said...

What a sweet picture,the story behind the picture and the sentiments so deeply felt make you all the more special.

Donna's Book Nook said...

I wasn't able to catch up on blogs yesterday. It seems grandparents are so special and grandkids will cherish those memories for their entire lifetime.

I know you have been a blessing to your grieving friend.

The Red Brick Farmhouse said...

Sweet Andrea~

What a blessing it must be to be a Nana. I look forward to the day I can hold my grandbabies in my arms and love on 'em! :> )

I am uplifting your dear friend and her family, and for you as well. What a wonderful friend she has in you!


Pet said...

Andra I will be praying for your friend. And hugs and prayers for you.

Charlotte said...

Andrea That's such sad news! I'm so sorry for your friend. Thanks for the sweet post and great photograhp!


Kathleen said...

What a unique position & privilege we grandmothers have. I didn't know either of mine since my parent's had me late in their lives, and their parents died before I was old enough to remember them.

That said, I have treasured my times with my grandchildren. I like to think they're more secure because someone thinks they are perfect, just as they are.


Unknown said...

Thank you for a beautiful and heart-felt post.


christy rose said...

What a lovely post Andrea!! I will be praying for you as you minister to the family that just lost a loved one.

Nancy said...

This is one of your most beautiful posts yet. You got me. I didn't know it was you until you told me. What a lovely poem. Your thoughts are so helpful. I know they minister to many. I had a wonderful grandma, too. So now I hope to be like her to "my boy."

LisaShaw said...

Beautiful sharing. I can relate on several levels.

There is such JOY in being a Grandma. I have two little Grand girls and I adore them and if not for my Grandma who is with the Lord since 1990; I would not have known how to love my kids or grand kids if not for my Grandma and Grandpa's SAFE love.

praying with and for you and for your friend who lost her husband.

Auntie Cake said...

Hi Andrea,
I know its been a tough week for you, but hoping you make it through with weekend with your dear friend who lost her hubby.

I know you make it a point to share the love of God with all those around you, may you be able to do that this weekend,

Monique said...

Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing.

Mary Moss said...

Dearest sister/friend. You are not only and amazing "nana" you are an amazing human being.

I thank God daily for your presence in my life and in the world.

Love you tons,

Andrea said...

Andrea, your poem is beautifully written from your beautiful young heart.

I love my grandchildren so much, so I relate to your inspiring words.

I'm so sorry about your friend. I will pray for her.



quietspirit said...

Both this poem and the one you wrote for your friend are touching.

JD/ Jill said...

I am also sorry to hear of your friends loss. She will be in my prayers...

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