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Big Mama

by PamFord Davis  
10/23/2009 / Devotionals

Do you have a nickname? It would be interesting to do a survey and discover the starting point of those that are unique. Did your high school year book feature familiar faces with silly signatures? Let me share just a few classmates: "Pineapple, Cherokee, The Kid, and Archie." Our son was known as "Bondo," because he did paint and body work! These labels do not usually last forever; it would not be very dignified to be introduced as "Pineapple" in a formal gathering!

I hope I am able to honor a very special lady, many remember as "Big Mama." Her family often spoke of her affectionately with the nickname; and she never outgrew it. I don't know how she acquired the handle; but it fit in many ways. I believe many outside of the family circle thought of her as their own Mama. Her tight knit family appreciated her as mother and grandmother. "Big Mama" happily hosted Thanksgiving Dinner for her descendants; and they found comfort in the yearly tradition.

"Big Mama" reached her 80's before we met while doing family history research. At first she seemed a little cautious sharing personal stories. Soon she opened her memory treasure chest and gave us the key! Her valuable information is written down for future generations and we are the richer for knowing her. "Big Mama" had a big heart; and she invited us inside as one of the family. Her gentle spirit lives on though she is no longer with us.

I rejoice in knowing we have a "Big Father!" God is big enough to handle any of our problems, and big enough to provide all of our needs. He is big enough to hold the universe in place and big enough to number the stars. Can we ever fully know how big His love is? "that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19 NKJ)." Our "Big Father" wants us to be filled, overflowing with His fullness! That is a big promise!

Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth's The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter.

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