Lessons From My Grandma’s Lifeline

On Easter evening my husband, and the kids and I stopped over to my grandma’s to visit for a bit. She was glad to see all of us together because typically it’s just me and one or two kiddos visiting at a time. I made sure she got something to eat for supper and we shared small talk and then went on home.

(Photo taken Easter 2021)

This visit with her makes me want to get better about making every moment count for “good” because you just never know…things can change quickly and without warning!

The next day after visiting my grandma, my mom called early…which isn’t at all normal because my mom would rather sleep till mid morning if the possibility exist…so I mentally braced myself for whatever news was to come.

She told me my grandma had gotten up to go to the bathroom in the early morning hours and had fallen. Her shoulder was broke and she was now in the hospital where she still is as of now.

Thank God when she fell she was wearing her lifeline necklace — the one she grumbled about last year when my mom insisted it’d be best she have one.

In case you don’t know what a lifeline necklace is, it’s this plastic electronic piece with a push button. If an emergency situation occurs the person needing assistance pushes the button and through a speaker system they communicate back and forth with a medical care specialist until help arrives.

Obviously we hoped my grandma wouldn’t have ever needed to use it BUT we are soooo incredibly thankful she had it when she desperately needed it.

I can’t help but think about that name —lifeline.

We all have access to one really…

Hebrews 4:16 says this, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Sounds like a pretty fitting lifeline right?

Approaching God’s throne’ is referring to the very truth that we’re invited to humbly yet boldly come to Him in prayer, trusting He will provide in His own perfect way.

Prayer is our lifeline which connects us to God. The beautiful thing is that we don’t have to wait for an urgent situation to arise in order to use it.

My grandma wore that lifeline necklace faithfully for the past year and it’s presence mattered, it helped her feel safer throughout the time she’s had it.

The same is true for us with prayer as our lifeline to God…BUT the difference is this— my grandma knew she had access to medical care through a push button device because it was a physical piece which she could see and feel.

Prayer, on the other hand, isn’t necessarily something we’re physically reminded to do. Instead we must make a regular, not meaningless, habit of using this lifeline to stay connected to God. Prayer isn’t something we should limit ourselves to only when we’re in dire need.

Let me tell you when my grandma was down, she was down physically and emotionally. She was scared in that moment and knowing her love for God I’m certain her thoughts went to Him. That lifeline hanging close to her heart was surely an answer to prayer in a literal form. She was reminded of it and reached her hand out and clasped hold, pushing that button for help.

That lifeline was something new for her in the sense of her declining health but a lifeline of prayer is something she’s held onto for years. In fact if it wasn’t for her strong faith I may still be lagging in my own.

With my grandma’s situation I’m reminded just how fragile life is. But my hope is placed in Jesus and you can bet I have been and will continue to use the lifeline of prayer in the ups and downs of this crazy thing we call life.

Maybe you’ve been struggling with something but haven’t thought to call out through your God-given lifeline, don’t waste another minute…God is on the other end and He longs to hear from you and comfort you with peace and direction.

Have a blessed weekend!!

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” -Philippians 3:20-21

Author: alimw2013

About For His Purpose~ My name is Alicia and I'm a thirty-something year old who loves Jesus. Only through God’s amazing grace and mercy I have been redeemed from past regret and shame. Reading His word has allowed me to look past Satan’s forceful lies, to see myself for who Christ says I am in Him. Through writing I have learned why I made the choices I made in my younger years and I now have a better understanding of why I desire to love God like crazy these days. Despite my daily failures, God remains faithful always. I am reassured of His unconditional love for me by every ink-drop spilled out on paper, each committed prayer as I cry out to Him, and deep understanding reflected through reading His word as truth. Yes keeping a blog will make me vulnerable to others’ opinions- there will be some who don’t understand, some who may criticize or judge, but on the other hand if just one piece expressed through my writing grabs someone’s attention and directs them to God, then pouring out my heart in a blog for the world to read is worth it. I choose to glorify Him alone through words streaming across a glowing screen. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t reveal the fact that I’m incredibly quirky; I’m my loving husband’s best friend, my vivacious kids’ craziest cheerleader and spiritual trainer (3 John 1:4). I love anything farmhouse and rustic style. I think cupping a warm coffee mug in the palm of my hands is more satisfying than the contents within. I share a common obsession with my husband for the mountains, but I would (without a doubt) settle for waves crashing against my legs at the Atlantic Ocean just as well, and I almost always have a Yorkie curled up on my lap while writing. *All photos are photographed by forhispurpose.blog and therefore may not be stored or photocopied in any manner.

63 thoughts on “Lessons From My Grandma’s Lifeline”

  1. I’m praying for your grandma.
    My mom also was reluctant to accept a ‘lifeline’ in her older years, but she did, and it helped her several important times.
    Thanks ago for making a connection between the lifeline, and prayer.
    Great photo. 🤗🌼

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  2. Life sure is fragile. We tried to get one of my parents to wear a lifeline. Turns out dad could have used one (he survived both times). He knew his eternal life will not be fragile and there is a lot of comfort for all who receive Christ’s lifeline. A great analogy Alecia.

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    1. Oh man Lisa, I’m so sorry to read this….one of my best friends who’s in her forties has Parkinson’s so I’ve seen it up-close. I will be praying for your dad and will be reminded of him often..❤️🙏

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    1. Thank you so much, this is actually my dads mom..he passed away 20 years ago but my mom has just stayed that closely connected to her mother in law after all these years…pretty heartwarming.
      Thanks for reading! Blessings!!

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  3. Thank you for this good analogy regarding your grandmother’s lifeline necklace, I pray that she is well and recovering. In the UK we call it Community Alarm, my mum begrudingly accepted it but eventually saw the value in it. Tying this into our connection to Heaven by prayer is a valuable lesson to us all, thank you.

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  4. I’m hoping she is healing. My mom needs to own the Lifeline button. I’ve mentioned it, but she just shrugs her shoulders about it. I don’t want to get her one if she won’t wear it day in, day out . Good stuff, Alicia.

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  5. Prayers for your grandma!
    What a great reminder to always be in prayer and not just when things are bad. I must talk to God a thousand times a day! I even thank Him for dirty floors! 😁
    Such a wonderful post!! I needed this today! ❤️

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  6. Such a great illustration of our precious lifeline! Thank you, Alicia. I’m so happy for you all that you enjoyed one another’s company so recently and your hugs and love will sustain her in hospital. I pray she is well looked after and recovers swiftly.

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  7. I hope your grandma is ok now, God lover her! Those necklaces sure do help. My stepmom wore one and her and my dad also had the box. I’m surprised they were not cancelled though, as many false alarms as they had! My little nephew always snuck over and pushed the button when no one was looking! 😂 And my stepmom would accidentally press the button if she was leaning over doing something. I would get the call from lifeline that they needed me to check on them.

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    1. Oh my!😂 I suppose those buttons would be intriguing for a little kiddo!❤️ It’s honestly only by God that my grandma remembered to push hers because she’s pretty forgetful or unmindful these years, typically.

      She’s doing okay but she’s in the nursing home now and I’m sure that’s where she’ll stay..it’s bittersweet for sure.
      Thanks for reading and commenting.😉

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