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Growing BEST in our growing OLD

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In the past year or so I've been asking a very shocking question of all my friends! Here's my million-dollar question:

WHERE DID THE YEARS GO?

To a certain degree, it has comforted me to find they are as puzzled as I am! BUT GOD! Oh Yes...! God is the only one who is not surprised and stands just as ready to take hold of my hand as ever before. As God's dear child, I cannot afford to answer this question naturally or allow Satan to dampen my spirit or outlook, which is a prime example of how he works, especially as age brings its world of physical changes. I'd like to share a few of the very sweet and simple guidelines the Lord has made me to know thus far at seventy-five years of age.

  1. SLOW DOWN! (willingly, Smile)
  2. Plan fewer activities in a day
  3. Increase preparation time for each activity
  4. Enjoy much more time in fellowship with Jesus alone

The Almighty God does know how to "gear himself down to our level" as much as he did on the first Christmas night. He will surely guide our frail bark with the gentlest of care through life's narrowest passages. We comprehend Psalm 138:6 anew which says, "Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly; but the proud he knoweth afar off."

We joke a lot about growing old and thank God for the humor to do so. But God wants me to receive "more grace" from him as I agree "the outer man is perishing but the inner man can be renewed daily.” May he help me determine what deserves my pursuing and what does not. And may I not withhold that which is in my hand, but offer it to his name and service no matter how small I think it is, for his "strength is still made perfect in my weakness." God can use even physical weakness to create a willing heart.

Years invariably bring a rehearsing of life. Such rehearsing often brings some pain of regret. And who is the person that experiences no regret at all? Not me! However painful any thoughts or years may be, God still so very kindly does us the favor of seeing ourselves more clearly than ever before! The point being, God is always working to change us...YES, even great change in old age! I have found this true in my own life at seventy-five. "Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts; we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple." Psalm 65:4.

May God enable me to escape the greatest of all pain in old age and that is having continual regret. May he bless my life in finding A MOST GOLDEN HOUR of personal change and growth! May I grow BEST in my growing OLD.

All my love and thanks to my husband, Dale, for his never dying faith and love for our Savior and for me, his wife. I’m “So grateful!”

Prayer:
Father God, may I concentrate on the words of an old hymn which testifies with joy this blessed reality: "And He walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known." Amen.

Rita

[page posted 1/9/18]