IMPORTANT LIFE LESSONS FROM AUNT LOTTIE


IMPORTANT LIFE LESSONS FROM AUNT LOTTIE

 

RECEIVING WISDOM FORM ANOTHER IS OFTEN THE KEY TO OUR FUTURE

RECEIVING GODLY WISDOM FROM AN OLDER PERSON IS OFTEN THE KEY TO OUR BREAKTHROUGH

 

I originally posted this in April of 2010 and decided to post it again today because this practical wisdom is so helpful in my life, and hopefully will be in yours too…….enjoy! 

 

My grand-aunt, Aunt Lottie was a unique and special person who enriched the lives of many.

She was a loving, giving, straight-talking, humorous, industrious, personable, and caring person who loved the Lord and was always ready to serve.  I have many, many fond and cherished memories of Aunt Lottie, but the one thing that stands out about her was the practical wisdom that often came from her lips and that she demonstrated in her life.

A few important life lessons that I learned from her were:-

 Never be afraid to give – you can never out give God.

 Don’t take life too seriously – Laugh at circumstances, laugh at yourself.

 Learn to make do with what you’ve got.

 Don’t get caught up in other people’s success to the neglect of your own.

 It doesn’t matter how you cook once the food tastes good.

 Never be afraid to speak your mind.

Let children be children.

You don’t have to get married or have children to live a fulfilling life.

You control cleaning – do not let cleaning control you.

When married set limits on the amount of time you are out and go home to your husband.

Don’t get into a husband and wife’s business because when those two heads hit the pillow, that’s a different story.

Always be concerned about the spiritual state of others.

Make it a priority to regularly go to church, read your Bible and pray.

The most important thing in life is to personally accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.

I truly thank God for ordaining a place in time where Aunt Lottie’s life connected with mine….. and now with yours.

Blessings!

Kim

 

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THE CHOICE

THE CHOICE

"THERE IS NO SUCCESS IN A CAREER THAT CAN MAKE UP FOR FAILURE IN A FAMILY" - JOSEPHUS JIMINEZ

“THERE IS NO SUCCESS IN A CAREER THAT CAN MAKE UP FOR FAILURE IN A FAMILY”         ATTY. JOSEPHUS JIMINEZ

 

The following is a post written by Atty. Josephus Jiminez that I read on MountainWings.com.

I am re-blogging it because it has a powerful message for us all when it comes to choices relative to work vs family.

Read and be challenged, encouraged and blessed!…Kim

 

THE CHOICE

EVERY moment in life, we are faced with a choice.

Which should command our preference–the demands of our job or the duties to our family?

If there is a board meeting today at the same hours that our son graduates from school, where should we go — to the boardroom or to the graduation ceremony?

If we have to make a very important presentation tomorrow, so as to advance our career, but your wife says she has to see the doctor on a suspicion of cancer, which appointment should we keep?

These are the daily battles of conscience we have to wage, trying to keep a balance between our responsibility to earn a living and our opportunity to live a life.

And our choices invariably reveal who we really are.

Our preferences indicate our true character.

Our priorities are the best indicators of our real identity.

What profits success?

I know that many of you out there would go for career on the pretension that after all, you are doing all these for the family.

Many of you, dear readers, would rather become outstanding employees, model personnel instead of being doting fathers or loving husbands.

Many of you would opt to perform exceedingly well in the office even if you work 12 to 16 hours a day, going home only to change clothes or catch a few hours of sleep.

But what for? At the end of the day, what have you accomplished?

What profits a highly successful professional or wealthy businessman if ultimately, he loses his family, wrecks his marriage or dishonors the name he will leave to his children?

What has a rich man accomplished if he has built a fortune and founded conglomerates of highly profitable companies and yet drives his own wife to vices or infidelity, his children to drugs and delinquency and himself to spiritual decay and total burnout?

What matters most?

Look around you. The evidence is overwhelming and irreversible.

Families are shattered.

Marriages are broken.

Lives are reduced to utter emptiness.

Even as man advances in wealth and success, he deteriorates on the basic standards of joy, peace and serenity. As we all compete and struggle for power and possessions, we often neglect what really matters most. In our insatiable mania for supremacy over the rest, we often forget the most important things in life.

I will respect your choice. But as for me, my priorities are clear. Between career and family, I will always go for family.

I can forego that board meeting and earn the ire of my boss or make a bad impression on my peers. But I shall not inflict a lifetime trauma on my son by sending him alone to graduate without his dad. I can forget that business presentation and lose a valued client or waste a career promotion, but I cannot leave my wife alone in her moments of anxiety.

Meaningless?

Why should a well-known public figure commit suicide given all his fame and fortune? Can his wealth and wisdom compensate for ruptures in his relationships?

Why should a wife of a famous politician commit adultery with the family driver? Is it lust or vain fixation for the pleasures of the flesh? Or is it the pain of being neglected and ignored by the husband she used to adore?

Why should a son cut his wrist or a daughter drink poison despite all the luxuries and pleasures they are showered with?

Can money replace love?

Can pleasure take the place of affections?

In this age of top line technology and convenience gadgets, why are humans talking to computers rather than with each other? Why are we retrenching people and replacing them with robots and machines?

Why have we lost the simple joys of nurturing relationships with bank tellers because we have replaced them with ATMs?

Why, with all our cells, e-mails, Internets, websites or the endemic texting, are we no longer communicating? Why are family members no longer talking to each other?

The ultimate hell?

To succeed in career and fail in the family is, to me, the ultimate hell.

John Grisham, that famous author of legal fictions wrote “The Testament,” which tells of a highly successful industrialist who made billions of dollars but lost his family.

In the first 10 pages of the novel, he jumped to his death from his multi-story building in front of his self-centered children. By his will, he disinherited all of them and bequeathed his entire estate to an illegitimate daughter who refused to accept it.

That is the ultimate irony; those who lusted for money lost it.

Those who were given all the money refused it.

In all his dozen masterpieces, Grisham tells us about the importance of family. “A Time to Kill” tells of a father who went to jail for killing his daughter’s rapists.

Indeed, we who are simple folks should learn from the mistakes of others. We should straighten our lives and put our priorities in order.

I don’t know about you.

But as for me and my house, our credo is: There is no success in a career that can make up for a failure in the family.

 

By Atty. Josephus Jimenez

Writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer 

Source – http://www.mountainwings.com/past/3290.htm

http://www.MountainWings.com

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TIME FOR A RETHINK

TIME FOR A RETHINK

 

COULD GOD BE TELLING YOU SOMETHING?

COULD GOD BE TELLING YOU SOMETHING?

 

COLLI-SHUN

TRANSIT-SHUN

REPOSIT-SHUN

 

Sometimes God uses conflict and rejection to push His children into their destiny.

Ask Him to help you re-evaluate your situation through His eyes.

 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

(Isaiah 55:8-9 – Amplified Bible)

 

SELAH!

 

Kim

 

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A MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE TO MY MUM – JUDITH PAMELA THOMPSON

A MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE TO MY MUM

JUDITH PAMELA THOMPSON

 

MY MUM

MY MUM

 

I originally wrote this acronym poem using the letters of my mum’s name as a tribute to her on Mother’s Day of 2002.

I decided to post it as a Mother’s Day tribute to her this year because although written eleven years ago, the words are more true than ever .

Enjoy!

Kim

 

Jesus is in her heart

Uprightness is her goal

Dedicated to her family and church

Interested in gardening, magazines and Shera her dog

Tidy, she and dirt are no friends

Healthy, slim and strong

 

Proud of her heritage

Admirable career accomplishments

Makes a joyful noise unto the Lord

Exemplary lifestyle

Laughs a lot, especially at silliness

Always believes in prayer

 

Teacher, never mind her retirement

Helpful, always lending a hand

Outstanding cook, hhhm, hhhm, good

Mindful of the needs of others

PLP, all the way!

Survivor, still standing after many trials

Orderly, she likes everything in place

Noteworthy mother, and grandmother.

 

 “A MOTHER’S LOVE” –  JIM BRICKMAN

 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MUM!

MAY GOD BLESS YOU TODAY AND ALWAYS!

Love,

Kim

 

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you”

(Philippians 1:3 – KJV)

 

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A PRAYER FOR THE PROTECTION OF OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN

A PRAYER FOR THE PROTECTION OF OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN

 

PRAYER TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN

PRAY TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN

 

Dear Heavenly Father, 

As our children leave home for school today, cause them to arrive safely.

Assign your warring angels to guard and keep them wherever they are, whoever they are with, and whatever they are doing throughout the day.

Remove any fear from their hearts and replace it with a sense of peace, comfort and Your loving presence.

Help them to maximize and enjoy their educational experience; let not the enemy mar it in any way.

Father by Your grace we refuse to be bound by the spirit of fear, but instead trust You to keep our children safe in Your divine care.

By faith we cover them in the protective blood of Jesus from the crown of their heads to the soles of their feet and stand on Your word that no weapon formed against them shall prosper.

Father we humbly release our children to You.

Watch over them like only You can.

Thank you for bringing them safely home.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen 

 

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HOME INVASION…….DIVINE PROTECTION…….ATTACKED BY FEAR……PEACE

HOME INVASION…….DIVINE PROTECTION…….ATTACKED BY FEAR……PEACE

 

“GOD CAN KEEP YOU SAFE”

_________________________

daring stealthy home invasion

failed attempt at burglary

praising god for divine protection of my family and me

_________________________

“You must not steal.”

(Exodus 20:15, Deuteronomy 5:19)

“Don’t make your living by extortion
 or put your hope in stealing. 
And if your wealth increases, don’t make it the center of your life.”

(Psalms 62:10)

“The Lord is good, 
a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.”

(Nahum 1:7)

“The Lord keeps you from all harm
 and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”

(Psalms 121:7, 8)

_________________________

attacked by tormenting fear

active focus on God and His Word

relaxing and sleeping again in delightful peace

_________________________

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

(II Timothy 1:7)

“But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?”

(Psalms 56:3-4)

“You will keep in perfect peace 
all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”

(Isaiah 26:3 – NLT)

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.”

(Psalms 4:8)

_________________________

Prayer

Father I thank you for your divine protection upon my family and me during our recent home invasion. I thank you for your promise that no weapon formed against us shall prosper and I trust you to continue to keep us safe and in perfect peace. I present the person(s) who invaded our home to you. Bless them, convict them of their wrong doing, replace their desire to do evil to others with a desire to good, and most of all, lead them into a life changing relationship with your Son, who is able to change their hearts and save their soul(s) in Jesus’ name, amen.

________________________

 

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DO NOT GIVE UP NOW

DO NOT GIVE UP NOW

“DO NOT GIVE UP NOW!”

 

 

Difficulties

gOing

 

 

oN

lOng

Time?

 

 

God’s

 workIing

eVerything

togEther.

 

 

yoU

Pray.

 

 

sooN

yOu’ll

Win.

 

 

“Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying.” 

(Romans 12:12 – CEV)

 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

(Galatians 6:9 – NIV, 1984)

“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”

(Pslams 27:14 – NLT)

 

 

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A TRIBUTE TO MY DAD – A WONDERFUL HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFATHER & FATHER-IN-LAW

A TRIBUTE TO MY DAD – A WONDERFUL HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFATHER & FATHER-IN-LAW

May 1, 1935 – January 30, 1993

(Originally written in 1993)

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

To My Dad the Husband:

For loving me and committing yourself to me in marriage,

For always providing the best for me and my children,

For your outstanding example as a husband and father,

For the special moments we have spent together,

I love and thank you.

To my Dad the Father (Da):

For the exemplary way you met our basic needs,

For the special love you shared,

For our solid Christian and educational foundations,

For your philosophy of excellence and persistence in regard to our goals,

For your friendship in our adulthood,

We love and thank you.

To my Dad the Grandfather (Pop-Pop):

For being young at heart and full of energy,

For playing with us and taking us on long drives in your car,

For buying us clothes and toys,

For all you hugs and kisses,

We love and thank you.

To my Dad the Father-In-Law (Dad):

For your blessing when we married your children,

For receiving us as your son and daughter,

For the special love you have shown to our children and us,

For the relationships we enjoyed with you,

We love and thank you.

Da, Pop-Pop, Dad:

For all you were while you were here and for

all you continue to be in our hearts,

we love and thank you.

But most of all we love and thank God

for blessing us with your life and your Christian testimony.

We look forward to seeing you again.

This is our lively hope.

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TREASURES IN THE PAIN OF DEATH

TREASURES IN THE PAIN OF DEATH

TREASURES IN THE PAIN OF DEATH

Today I found myself reflecting on a few of the more difficult deaths I’ve had to deal with in my life and said, “Lord, I thank you for experiencing each of them, I thank you so much.”

Why?, because in the pain of each of those deaths were priceless treasures. 

Even though it was excruciatingly painful in so many ways, I thank the Lord for the experience of the sudden death of my father; we were very close, especially since I was his only daughter.

Up until that point in my life I never knew what it was to experience grief physically. I did not know that grief could feel like a cooking fork plunged in the middle of my chest then wound up so tightly that I felt like I could barely breathe. I did not know what it was like for others to turn to me for strength and  see God amazingly provide it when my own soul and spirit seemed shattered in a million pieces.

But I thank God for that experience because in the midst of the pain, upheaval and turmoil, I got to experientially know Him at a deeper level as a comforter, an emotional healer,  a present help in time of trouble, an unlimited source of strength and a source of peace that passes all understanding.

I thank Him for it because in losing my earthly father it caused me experience Him in a deeper way as my heavenly Father; to lean upon and depend upon Him in ways I never had to before. I also thank Him for that experience because  having gone through it, I am better equipped to help others walk through the dark valley of losing a beloved father.

Then I thought about the sudden death of my oldest brother and I thanked the Lord for that experience. He was killed by a drunk drive on a Christmas Eve, leaving a wife and three small children……what a Christmas gift!!

I thank the Lord for this experience because in addition to all the ways He had already manifested Himself to me when dealing with the death of my father, through it He also allowed me to experience the potent power of praise.

About three days after my brother died, I was in my kitchen and had that same “kitchen fork twisting pain” in my chest. I stopped what I was doing and asked the Lord to please take it away because I felt like my body was breaking under the weight of it; it was just too intense.

His response was, “Kim praise Me”.

I wanted relief so badly that without even thinking about it, I immediately got on my face on the floor and amidst a bucket of tears began to praise Him. “Lord I bless your Name. You are a good God. You are a faithful God. You are a loving God. You do all things well. I thank you for your grace. I thank you for your mercy. You are just. You are merciful. God there is none like you. I worship you. I love you. etc.”

I do not recall how long I was on the floor praising and worshipping the Lord, nor at what point the tears stopped. But I can tell you this, when I was finished and got up on my feet, the pain in my chest was completely gone…… I really praised Him then! (smile!)

This was totally amazing to me because after the death of my father, it took three months for that same kind of pain in my chest to subside, but this time, it was gone after only three days due to the power of one session of praise.

Not only did the death of my brother allow me to experience the power of praise, in a deeper way but also the power of obedience to the Lord even when His instructions make no intellectual sense.

Come on now!  What sense does it make to offer praise to a God who just allowed your brother to be killed in an accident on a Christmas Eve? No sense in the natural realm at all, but great sense in the spirit realm because it broke the back of grief off of my life. God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are no our thoughts. I thank Him for affording me the experiential knowledge of these facts through my brother’s death.

Finally, my mind ran across the death of my daughter whom I miscarried about eight months into my pregnancy. This was extremely painful for both me and my husband seeing that we already had a son and really wanted a baby girl.

The fact that my pregnancy was problem-free and the autopsy never revealed any cause of death so the doctors were totally baffled over how and why the miscarriage occurred did not make the situation any easier, yet it is another experience that I truly thank the Lord for today.

At a worship service that I attended the Sunday morning just prior to the miscarriage, we sung an old  hymn called, “He hideth my Soul” written by Frances J. Crosby in 1890. The first verse and refrain are as follows:-

“A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,


A wonderful Savior to me;


He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,


Where rivers of pleasure I see.”

Refrain:


“He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,


That shadows a dry, thirsty land;


He hideth my life in the depths of His love,


And covers me there with His hand,


And covers me there with His hand.”

For some reason, after the service and all during the week, I kept singing these words and hearing them sung over and over in my mind and spirit, even in my sleep.

When I got the news that I had miscarried, I kept hearing the hymn so even though I cried and hurt emotionally, I had an unexplainable  sense of inner-peace and calm deep down on the inside. The hymn continued to be present morning and night thorough the entire ordeal, acting like an anchor for my spirit in the midst of all the turmoil.

What I came to later realize was that the Lord in His sovereignty, mercy and love allowed me to be exposed to the words of the hymn and let them be engrafted in my spirit in preparation for the impact of what was to come, so when it came, my spirit was prepared hence the inner-peace and calm that I had throughout the situation in spite of the emotional pain.

I truly thank the Lord for that experience because it enabled me to experientially know another level of the depth of His love and concern that I’d never known before in that He prepared my spirit in advance and literally became my shield and buckler, covering me in the midst of a potentially devastating situation and thereby not allowing the full brunt of its intensity to touch me as I walked through it…oh how I thank Him!

In retrospect, I never thought I would find treasures in the pain of these deaths, but I certainly did and I thank the Lord for each one. May what I shared be a blessing, source of strength and encouragement, and a testimony to  the reality, love, and faithfulness of our God.

Shalom!

Kim

 

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A TRIBUTE TO EUNICE

A TRIBUTE TO EUNICE

Live Life, Love Life

On Tuesday past, Eunice, a lady who worked with our family as a housekeeper for 42 years went home to be with the Lord.

Her passing was quite a blow because she seemed healthy and had not complained about feeling ill in any way, yet suddenly collapsed while visiting her family in Florida and from thereon rapidly deteriorated to the point of death.

Although this has not been our first taste of death, Eunice’s passing has been a source of great pain to me and my immediate and extended family because Eunice was more to us than an employee, she was a part of our family and we loved and treated her as the same.

Eunice had no children of her own, but she considered my brothers and me to be her children and when we grew up and had children of our own, she embraced them as her own also.

I know that God divinely assigned Eunice to my family because of the love, dedication, and joy that was mutually shared between us.

I truly thank Him for her life and for the fact that she is one of His children and therefore since absent from the body, she is present with Him.

The following is a poem that I dedicate to Eunice’s memory.

TO EUNICE

What can I say?

What can I pray?

All of a sudden you’ve gone away.

You gave us no notice,

You gave us no sign,

You simply evaded us like we were blind.

Although we will see you no more in time,

You’ve left a great legacy behind.

Love, honesty, a listening ear,

Pride in your work and priceless care.

A second mother to me and my brothers,

A second grandmother to my sons and daughter.

Eunice you will be greatly missed,

Your smile, your wisdom, your pleasantness.

For 42 years God blessed us with your life,

Never a day of fussing and strife.

Father I thank you for your kindness.

Eunice sleep on and take your rest.

“Naked came I out of my mother’s womb and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

(Job 1:21 – KJV)

“Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted”

(Matthew 5:4 – KJV

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