Wisdom Reached My Ears…

Grannie, Aunt Pearl, my mama,  and oh I could go on… There were many women that helped shape who I became.  What are some quotes that I remember most notably:

From my grandmother


The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

Well Grannie, there is a lot of wisdom there.  I did get more good out of my husband and my son when I fed them well….

Idleness is the devil’s workshop.

Yep, because of that one, I made my son  “volunteer” in the summer as a maintenance worker  at his school, the summer that he was 14 years old.   He says that was the “worst idea EVER,” but he turned out mighty fine so I don’t know about that.  I think it was pretty clever of me. (Actually I paid him a small salary for his time.)

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Grannie you were way right on that one!  Life became a little easier for me when I began to kiss a little butt.  (excuse my language but you probably know exactly what I mean; play the game, bestly look for the roses to share)

Never go to bed angry.  (make up before bedtime)

Gee Grannie, that one has been the toughest to live by.  I try, and I truly see the wisdom.  God help me please.

Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.

(Luke 6:31) For sure.  Grannie, thank you for teaching me about life, and God.

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words may never hurt me.

Well that one made more sense at the time.  My cousins and sister and I could call each other stupid names, and it didn’t really hurt us in the long run.  Thankfully, that was as bad as it got and we out grew it.  Mostly we grew to respect and cherish one another.

Words CAN hurt, and I never want to think otherwise. (James  chapter 3)

Aunt Pearl




Life’s too short…

Aunt Pearl you were really right on this one.  May I live aware that my time is limited.  May I seek that the Lord be in control of my life, and His light and good fruits pour forth from my life.

Jean O’ (my retired teacher friend)



I had a particularly painful disappointment that I was grappling with.  Jean helped me make the choice to choose joy over jealousy in that situation…  I have applied the advice over and over and over and I am grateful.

She also taught me that rather than spending time worrying about what we do not know (matters of the Lord) we need to focus on what we DO KNOW, and go forth in our good works from there!!   WOW !!  Applying that is powerful good.   Thank you precious friend.

My mama20181013_152850


When you start feeling sorry for yourself, look around and find someone to help….

My mama’s number one love language is very likely SERVICE.  Her life has always demonstrated ministering to her loved ones by working, serving, cleaning, organizing, doing, coming to the rescue with actions.

Mama, this single piece of advice has been so meaningful to me.  The many times that depression or loneliness has taunted me, this advice has echoed in my ear, and pushed me to reach out of my shell and be a blessing to someone someway somehow.

I am so blessed to have you as my mother.  Thank you for teaching me to be kind and to be a helper.  The dividends have been RICH.

Thank you for letting me share.  If you missed the other parts of this series, I invite you to follow the link to hear from some of the other sisters of the Telling Hearts blog:

Best Advice from an Older Woman 2

Best Advice from an Older Woman; collaborative series introduction


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