94 Years of Wisdom
***Guest Post by Janice Hylton Thompson of Janice Hylton Blog***
I recently had the privilege of working with Janice Hylton Thompson. Janice was kind enough to share the story of a woman who has gone about and beyond to help propel her forward to find not only happiness in life but success as well. This is a true story of empowerment passed on through the generations. Thank you, Janice, for helping us to spread the word of empowerment. —–Mary Moodie
As my godmother approaches 94 years old, I can’t help but think about the more than 20 years that I have known her, and the many seeds of wisdom that she has given me over those years.
I met her as a 16-year-old pregnant teen, and the first time she met my daughter Alexia, she fell head over heels in love with her. Twenty years later, we still laugh about how her mouth was so tiny the baby spoon couldn’t fit in it. Her mouth is still very small today.
These are the years that are important to her.
At age 21 she got married and divorced 30 years later. At 50 she went back to school and became a teacher, and bought a home which later became a rental property for her. She then bought a condo for $30k, a good price in those days.
At age 72 she retired, and at age 87 she got tired of shoveling the snow so she sold her condo that she had bought 30 years before and moved closer to her family. She was able to buy her retirement home with cash and has been living there ever since.
She is currently planning to sell and move into a retirement/assisted living community.
Over all of those years, she has given me so much wisdom and knowledge.
For example, when I was a teen mom I was homeless, and she offered to take my daughter and me in. For all those years, my daughter and I always had a seat at her table, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas.
She encouraged me to continue my education and came to every graduation for both myself and my daughter.
As a young mom, I knew nothing about life insurance and planning for retirement, but as a 20-something mom, she made sure I purchased life insurance and that I started investing.
Over the years, she has counseled me many times, on every area of my life. I cannot begin to think how my life would have been different if I wasn’t graced with her love, presence, and wisdom.
She always stressed being healthy, exercising and eating healthy. One thing she does that I do to this day is weighing myself every day.
What I love most about my Goodie is that she loves us as she does her children and grandchildren
With that, I would like to encourage all women, young and old to remember that we need to be supportive and uplifting to our sisters
I am reminded of the story in the Bible about Naomi and Ruth.
Naomi and her family – her husband, Elimelech and their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion – moved from Bethlehem to Moab because there was a famine and they needed to find food.
Elimelech later died, leaving Naomi and her two sons. Later her sons got married to Ruth and Orpah.
About 10 years later, Naomi’s sons died, leaving Naomi and their wives, however, they had no children.
Naomi, then decided to go back to Bethlehem because she had nothing left and thought that perhaps she would find family there who would help to take care of her.
In those days women depended totally on their husbands to provide for them, and if their husbands died then their sons would make sure they were provided for. But Naomi was in a hard place because not only was her husband dead but so were her two sons. Her sons were married, however, they never had children, which meant that all three women were in a very difficult place.
When Naomi decided to go back home, Ruth and Orpah decided to follow her. Naomi insisted that her daughters-in-law return to their fathers’ houses, and hoped that they would find husbands. They insisted on following her, and Naomi reminded the two young ladies that she would not be able to have any more sons for them to marry so they needed to return home.
In the Bible days, a lot of things were different. The law made provisions for women whose husbands died, that the brother of the husband would marry his brother’s wife and have children who would belong to the dead brother if he didn’t have any children before he died. But here again was a dilemma, because both of the brothers died and Naomi couldn’t have any more children.
So Naomi encouraged the women to return home. Orpah decided to go back home to her people, but Ruth hung on to Naomi and refused to return home; she wanted to stay with Naomi.
The beautiful portion of scripture in Ruth 1:14-17, reads as follows:
And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”
This is by far one of my favorite portions of scripture of women supporting each other and sticking together. Like Ruth and Naomi, as women, let us begin to stick together. Support one another.
Let us encourage, uplift, and build each other up and not tear each other down. We are stronger together.
Guess what? The story didn’t end there. Because of Ruth’s faithfulness, God made a way for her and blessed her tremendously.
You can read more in the next article.
I am Janice and I am a new mom after 20 years! Yes, you read that correctly! 20 years!! I have a beautiful 22-year-old, whose name is Alexia. and a very active, curious and smart 2-year-old, whose name is Michael.
Words cannot express the joy that I have being a new mom. I am really enjoying it all over again and it is absolutely different the second time around, especially with so many years in-between.Would you believe that I am still nursing my 2-year-old!? Yes! But, we are currently working on weaning. I just really hate telling him no.
Next, to my beautiful children, writing and teaching are my passion. I am the author of several books that encourage the Body of Christ and I am currently working on my first fiction. Don’t tell anyone, but I am so nervous about it because fiction is so different than non-fiction.
I would really appreciate it if you could stop by my blog and say hello
There you will find a host of words of encouragement on various topics, with a focus on Inspiring Women to Walk in Our Royalty.
Thanks so much and any advice to help Michael and I to achieve our weaning goal, would be greatly appreciated.