So many things make me think about our sweet Kim Newlen, especially this month as we remember her home-going from this world to be with Jesus in heaven. God gave Kim an extra measure of love and vitality, and she left a mark that will always live in the hearts of those who were blessed to know her.

Even at this very moment, I can see her bright smiling face, reflecting the joy she experienced because of knowing each person who crossed her path. Kim had a uniqueness of spirit that was unmatched. She was a girly-girl through and through! One minute she would give instructions on how to apply your favorite makeup; the next minute, she spoke profoundly about biblical precepts. Kim could giggle with friends over something silly and cry with strangers living through difficult circumstances. She never judged, instead Kim always saw what she believed are God-given qualities, available to all of His children.

“What’s down in the well comes up in the bucket!” A girl from Gaffney, South Carolina saying that made me laugh more than once. Another Scripture that comes to mind when I think about sweet Kim is from the book of Philippians, chapter 4, verse 8: “Finally, brothers, [and sisters] whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

As we all know, life is not always easy; Kim knew this from her days here on this earth, but she lived every single day as a gift. She loved people; she loved Jesus with every breath. If she were here right now, she would want you to know that the relationship she had with Jesus Christ is also available to you. So, in her memory and by God’s beautiful design I invite you to seek your personal relationship with Him.

While the angels are singing, I’m certain I just heard Kim say, “Oh my roodies!”