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Author Christine Johnson & Quiet Strength — 22 Comments

  1. Hi Melissa. Thank you for stopping by.

    Connie, your family has an amazing legacy of strong women who bless the people in their lives. Your stories reminded me of those quiet warriors who keep their families together. May the Lord bless each of them richly.

  2. I would say my mother is the one who has shown me to have quiet strength.
    She is in the latter stages of Alzheimer’s and even though she can’t talk you can see it through her eyes.

  3. Hi Christine,

    What a beautiful testimony to your grandmother, to her strength and quiet faith, and to God’s goodness. Your family was indeed blessed to have had her in your lives.

    In my life, the person who has shown inner strength over and over again is my husband Steve. He suffered complete paralysis due to a freak staph infection which left him a quadraplegic in April 2004. The doctors did not believe Steve would ever walk again. When I asked him about it, he merely smiled and said, “Thy will, dear God, not mine, be done.”

    Fast forward to November 2012. Steve now walks again (granted, it took him over 2 years to gain use of his legs and leave the wheelchair behind). He drives a car, he can feed himself. He is permanently disabled, and our lives are different than they were in 2004. But in a way, they are BETTER. Steve’s inner strength and his complete total reliance on God has made a difference in the lives of so many people. I am truly blessed to be his wife and walk beside him on this journey, holding his hand.

    -Kathleen

    P.S. I’ve read LEGACY OF LOVE, and it is EXCELLENT!!!

  4. Hi, Christine! I just left a comment for you at Goodreads and am very much looking forward to reading “Legacy of Love.” It sounds wonderful.

    The person with the most quiet strength ever was my Mom. My father passed away when I was a baby leaving my mother with three little children under three-years-old. She had been a teacher before she married my father so she was able to get a job with NASA. She worked hard and then came home and worked even harder. She always smiled and taught us well. We never had a car but took the bus wherever we needed to go. Mom lavished us with love and brought us up with good values. Sadly, she passed away in her 50s from cancer after a 10-year battle with it. She never complained and kept her strength and a smile on her face. Her death left a huge hole in my heart that took years to heal. Today, my sister appears to be the one who has inherited her incredible strength. She and her husband raised three wonderful children and then he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. This cruel disease took him little by little. My sister nursed him at home for as long as she could until he had to be placed into a nursing home until he passed away. Today, she is helping to care for our brother who spiraled into alcoholism after the sudden death of his wife. I live in another state and don’t see them often but we talk a lot. She is so much like our Mom and I admire her so very much. I believe there are many people like that out there and we don’t know them because they ARE so strong, but keep it to themselves. My heart and my prayers go out to each and every one of them.

  5. Wonderful comments, friends. That’s why I love this blog, hearing from authors and then readers!

  6. Hi Melody! Thank you for stopping by. Mentors are so important in our lives. How wonderful that you found someone to share her wisdom as you stepped into a new phase in your life.

  7. Megan, our husbands do, don’t they?

    Hi Paula! Your sister sounds wonderful. Such a blessing to your whole family. Visiting the nursing home means so much to those who must be there. Bless her for doing being there for him.

  8. Hello Christine and Lyn, wonderful interview today, enjoy your comments and seeing another chance to win your book…
    I would say my sister that lives in Ky is the one with quiet strength in our family, she helped our parents a lot through the years when they needed it and was their when Daddy went into nursing home-she visited often and kept up with nurses that helped him..she is there now when anyone wants to visit or needs a shoulder to lean on.
    Paula O

  9. Amen! Betti, what a witness your mother was to all her children…and still is through your sharing of her story.

    I’m getting choked up with these wonderful stories of quietly strong women of faith. Blessings, Christine

  10. Jocelyn, your mother truly was a tower of strength. I am humbled by all she endured and overcame. Her faith must have been very strong, coupled with good old-fashioned fortitude. Thank you for sharing. Blessings ~Christine

  11. My mother. I never had any grandparents – they were all gone before I was born. My mother is gone over 9 years now, and I still miss her. She never raised her voice in anger, even though I’m sure with 5 children she could have! I think I remember her strength the most because she always sat in her rocker, morning and evening, to read her Bible and pray. I know that her quiet strength, to be able to deal with all that life dealt her, came from the Lord.

  12. What a beautiful testimony! We are so blessed by the older women in our lives, and I can tell that your adopted grandma took your whole family into her heart. How wonderful that you were able to echo her example with those special kids who so needed your wisdom and compassion. Blessings ~Christine

  13. My mom showed a quiet strength in my life…and I believe in the lives of our large family. With 11 children to raise, a husband who pioneered 3 farms in 3 separate Provinces and all the work she had to do, she didn’t complain. I often would see her in the morning, kneeling by her bed and praying. She smiled and encouraged all of us everyday …I still miss her 🙂

    Would love to be entered to win this book…love the LIH line of books!

  14. “Who in your life has shown quiet strength?”
    Our adopted grandma. She has passed away and is greatly missed by her family and ours! She was grandma to our two youngest daughters. She had worked in the schools before she retired and wisely told me to take my skills to school, that I would appreciate it when I retired. I worked with vision-impaired students with braille in the classroom and put print above their work for the teachers. Then I worked with other special needs children, retiring from the middle school I had begun at 12 years earlier. Kathryn invited us into her family and was a great source of strength and encouragement. She was a gift to my life, especially. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  15. My mother had quiet strength. She had a long battle with cancer. Before that, she lost her husband in World War II and also lost her first baby. Later she lost her only son. But she continued on enduring life’s challenges including being a single mother. She did an awesome job.

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