But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:4-10
We at AWM, Inc. have some great news we are really excited about sharing. My Aunt Grace Criswell Husky has joined us and is now an author for our ministry. Aunt Grace is a minister of the Lord Jesus Christ, is trained to operate as a consultant of Children’s Etiquette, and is recognized by the The Protocol School of Washington DC as one who is considerate of others in the manners she uses daily. In our family, Aunt Grace has always been an example to us for self discipline, respect for our elders, and over all courtesy. Aunt Grace adores children and has invested her life into them. Those in our family over the years have heavily relied on her wisdom and advice that she so lovingly shares. We have all been blessed by her in as she is the glue that holds us all together. Named after her mother, my grandmother Granny Grace, her name fits her perfectly. She has stood by my side my whole life and has always been my greatest confidant and source for encouragement. She hasn’t just done this for me, she has done it for every child she can get her hands on in our family. For this reason, I refer to her as Amazing Grace because she has been a gift to all of us who aren’t always deserving of such. Her loyalty is inspiring and everyone she touches is left with Love’s impact. Her sisters affectionately refer to her as the Family Chronicler because she is our families equivalent to having our very own personally tailored “Dear Abby”. Aunt Grace has served her community well beyond our immediate family. She has served the Lord to raise another church to life in the past in her community and offers wisdom and advice behind the scenes to this ministry. She is 73 years old and the Lord just keeps on using her. She truly is blessed to be a blessing to so many. She will be writing a series of articles on the importance of manners as she has observed the lack of this in our current society and finds that to be discouraging. The following article is the first one in her series. We praise Jesus for the learning opportunity He is now providing through her for children and families everywhere and look forward to seeing the fruit that her lessons bring to others. Thank you for your service to Christ through this ministry, Aunt Grace! And, most of all, thank you for always having been such a gift of grace for me and our entire family. Asking that all in the AWM, Inc. family help us as we pray for her newest form of of her personal ministry.
If you are a child with good manners, the adults around you are duly impressed. If you are in the dating world your date will notice and it might just win the heart of the one you have fallen in Love with. If you are in the Business World be assured good manners will Open doors for you and the job you seek..
I remember learning table setting and use of cloth napkins in my Home Economic Classes in my Senior High School years when we competed in a contest setting tables. A local Jewelry Store would allow us to borrow dishes for the contest. I was from a poor background so, this was my first introduction to table setting manners and what to do with a cloth napkin when seated at a dining table. My second awkward moment came when my neighbor, Mrs. Bates, in Ft. George asked me to pose for a photo in an article she was writing for the Jacksonville Journal on making New Year`s Resolutions for the New Year. She treated me to lunch at the then (new) Robert Meyer Hotel in downtown. I ordered a Tomato stuffed with Tuna Salad on a bed of lettuce. I wanted to eat it all but was afraid I would do it wrong. She suggested a scoop of Rum Raisin Ice Cream and I watched her slowly scrape off small bites as she savored every bite.
My further education came from my sister Betty when I would go out to dinner with her in the fine restaurants here in Orlando, FL. She taught me how to pick up and use the knife where to place it at the top of my plate and when not in use with blade facing me so when I picked it up again it was in the correct position to use to cut Also what to do with utensils when finished with your meal to signal to the waiter that you`ve finish eating. The napkin is laid to the right of your dish Never on top of the dish. Oh, and when you get up to go to the bathroom, you place your napkin in your seat, so it is not in the way of food the waiter may bring in your absence.
Good hygiene is a part of good manners also. I am from a generation where we dress to visit to God`s House, a doctor, lawyer, fly on a plane, etc . People make comments about me being “dressed up”. I see it as a form of respect for the Lord, (especially), if I could see HIM. I see it as respect for the person who spent MANY years to become a doctor or lawyer. And when I travel I always want to represent my country well. One of my favorite lines in a movie was from a woman that children were afraid of. One of the brave little girls got to know the woman who treated her to milk and cookies, And Talked to the little girl. As the girl was leaving the woman invited her back saying, ” You must wash your face, comb your hair and wear a clean dress”,– “We have our Standards to Keep Up!” How one presents themselves is how one can be expected to be treated by others.
Being thoughtful of others is good manners, whether, it is holding the door open for others, chewing with our mouth closed, not blatantly passing gas or belching in public. chewing gum with our mouths closed, not talking in a movie, on the highways by letting others have an entry in front of our car when needed and soooo many other ways that I will touch on in the future.
This is just some of the basics that would help in each doing our part in changing the face of our great country. If one is interested in improving their manners, I hope you will stay tuned.
Audra’s Aunt, Grace Elma Husky
June 18, 2018
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