I Want to Share Rose’s Story With You

Rose dropped out of school after fifth grade, married young and had two children. She became a single mother shortly after the birth of her second child. 

I Want to Share Rose's Story With You

I met Rose one day, coming out the door of college. Rose’s smile was brighter than the sun.

She looked at me and said, ‘Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?’  

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, ‘Of course you may!’ And she gave me a giant squeeze..

‘Why Are You In College At Such A Young, Innocent Age?’ I asked.

‘I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!’ she told me.  

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.

We became instant friends. Every day for the next 3 months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this ‘time machine’ as she shared her wisdom and experience with me. Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she revelled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium.

She said, ‘Let me tell you what I know.’  She cleared her throat and began.

‘We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only 4 secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.” 

“WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE WALKING AROUND WHO ARE DEAD AND DON’T EVEN KNOW IT.

“There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets.  The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.’  

At the year’s end, Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those months ago.

One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.  

Over 2000 college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be.


IN LOVING MEMORY OF ROSE…

If you are ready, you’ll make a change.

If you’re not, you’ll make an excuse.


What An Awesome Email I Received First Thing This Morning!

This is a message was so worth sharing that I gave it a special place on my blog.

I work online with over 2000 different business men & women who have chosen to follow their dreams. Some are looking for financial freedom, others desire time freedom. Others want to work from home so they can be Stay-at-home Moms and be with their children. For a few, it’s being able to make an impact and a difference in this world, or what they consider to be of value.  The common thread is being to live their life as they choose to.

I Want to Share Rose’s Story With YouThese people decided they were not willing to trade time for money at a regular 40 hour job. They had different goals so they reached for their dreams! The flexibility of working from home affords them the time to reach out & touch hurting people, spend time with their aging parents, etc… All have different motivation and goals.

The experience of working with these people has shown me something very valuable. These are some of the most upbeat, motivated, positive, encouraging, inspirational people ever. They decided it was not too late to reach for their sky – and brought on huge changes. Out of the comfort of their known world, they took a chance and  became uncomfortable.  They, like Rose (wink!) decided not to die with regrets and opted to go with what they believed in. What a blessing these people are in my life!!

When you begin walking an unknown path, you learn to walk IN faith that you will make it.  Every step is NOT defined – furthermore, the next step is very often just revealed as you take the next one.  But guess what:  I have discovered that when you get out of your comfort zone, EXCITING things begin to happen! Woohoo!

The old cliché, ‘Find something you have a passion for and you will never work another day in your life’ is so true. Kathy Lee Gifford shares it this way, the way her father taught her: ‘Find a way to get yourself paid doing what you love to do the most and you will never work another day in your life.’  Deep truths contained here!

What Do I Take From Rose’s Story?

  1. Don’t be afraid of change. Change can be awesome!
  2. You were born an original; don’t die a copy!
  3. Dare to be different. You don’t have to do what the masses are doing. Do your own thing!
  4. Only one life to live. Don’t live it with regrets of what you should’ve or could’ve done!
  5. Success doesn’t often come by following the masses!
  6. Get out of your comfort zone and follow the narrow path that leads to an exciting life!

Last, But Not Least – Don’t Throw Away Old People.

They have so much knowledge, wisdom, strength and courage – gained through years of hard work, rough experience and tough times. No book, professor, or other can teach that in class!!! 

Now, I Challenge YOU to Go Live Your Dreams! 

If you are already doing it, great! If not… maybe its time to make that change!!!  

Life Is Too Short Not To.

  • What dream do you think is impossible?  
  • What have you been told you could not achieve?
  • Would you like to make the dream inside you a reality?  
Many Reference Proverbs 31 For Good ReasonIn Proverbs 31, we see an all-out illustration of the godly wife and mother. She’s this virtuous woman worth far more than rubies. Who can beat that? Her husband trusts in her completely, she does him good all the days of her life. She knits, sews their own clothing, makes tapestry, she is never idle and her hands are always moving. She rises early in the morning and goes to bed late at night. She clothes her children well and they are never cold. She works the fields with her hands growing crop, then brings her stuff to the market to sell, and feeds her household well. She is a strong honorable woman, very generous to the poor and needy. Her husband is a well-respected man where they live and when she opens her mouth, out pours wisdom. Her children look up to her and call her blessed. So does her husband. She is not caught up in outward beauty; her beauty comes from her fear of the Lord.WOW!!!! Quite a standard to live up to, right?Many other proverbs give insight into how a woman of God is to walk, what kind of womanly influence she is to have in her household.

Follow me as we take a look and glean a few takeaways! These are more pieces of advice that address our hearts, tongues, and priorities – some specifically aimed at wives and mothers.

WOMANHOOD SPEAKS LOUDLY

  • Compared to Wisdom, the Lady Folly is rowdy, loud, naive and ignorant. Proverbs 9:13
  • A wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one picks it to splinters with her own hands. Proverbs 14:1
  • The man who finds a wife finds something good, and the favor of the Eternal is indeed his. Proverbs 18:22
  • Much like a gold ring in the snout of a pig, so is a beautiful woman who lacks good judgmentProverbs 11:22
  • Houses and riches may be inherited from parents, but a sensible wife is a gift from the Eternal. Proverbs 19:14
  • You would be better off living in the middle of the desert than with an angry and argumentative wife. Proverbs 21:19
  • A dignified wife brings honor to her husband; a shameful wife is decay eating at his bones. Proverbs 12:4
  • It is better to dwell outside on the corner of your roof than to live inside your house with a badgering wife. Proverbs 21:9
  • The alluring words of a seductive woman are a deep hole; the Eternal is incensed toward those who fall in. Proverbs 22:14
  • Foolish children bring misery to their fathers, and a wife’s bickering is a like constant dripping from a leaky roof. Proverbs 19:13

YOUR WORDS, DO THEY STRESS OR REFRESH?

  • When we speak brashly, folly is upon us seeking attention for ourselves.
  • Words of grace, discernment, and purity are pleasing in the sight of God and man.
  • Be fueled in God’s Word of hope! Stay away from worldly lust, keep your heart pure. 
  • Do you exercise wisdom or folly? Godly ladies build up others, lifting spirits that flourish. 
  • A woman’s behavior reveals her relationship with the Lord, and the value of her character

GOD SHARES ENCOURAGEMENT FOR WIVES OUT THERE

  • We have potential to be a direct blessing from Him, worth far more than any riches.
  • An upright wife brings glory and honor to her husband, she is excellence in her ways.
  • Her prudence—or thoughtfulness over others is a lovely fruit of her faith in the Lord.

A WIFE CAN MAKE OR BREAK HER HOUSEHOLD

Scripture’s Language Is Strong – Due to discontent, a nagging wife is a sorrowful thing in her household. Wow! Once she loses sight of Christ, the dangers of becoming quarrelsome and generating unnecessary friction increase dramatically.  The godly wife is to seek loving God and her husband wholeheartedly, for this leads to peace and prosperity.


MOTHERHOOD

  • 12. My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Proverbs 6:20
  • 13. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. Proverbs 10:1
  • 14. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother. Proverbs 15:20
  • 15. The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Proverbs 29:15

Takeaways:

You may be thinking: these are about sons, not women! Yet the son reflects the mother, the one who teaches him.

These proverbs reinforce the powerful reality that our mothering has a long-term impact on the attitude of our children…and that we should be so deeply tied to the nurturing of our children that their disobedience or disrespect is heartbreaking.

The last proverb gives us a solution. It tells us moms that we have to be willing to love our children through discipline, correcting their wrongs with devoted discipleship, for it reaps godliness rather than shame.

While touching aspects of womanhood a little differently than Proverbs 31, these proverbs provide wisdom that remind us to speak sweet words, serve our husbands joyfully, and impact our children for good.