“The human body is wonderfully crafted, but gravity and the
inevitable effects of aging weigh it down. …Do not be anxious about the weakness
of your body. Instead, view it as the prelude to My infusing energy into your
being. …Though the process of aging continues, inwardly you grow stronger with
the passing years.Those who live close
to Me develop an inner aliveness that makes them seem youthful in spite of
Jesus Calling Oct. 20th.
I love reading this
promise the day before I turned 55…a sweet gift from God…
and how this dovetails
with what He was already speaking to my heart.
So many times the Lord
takes me from the physical to the spiritual…
to teach me His ways.
So last week, I turned
55 years young.
I can now eat at I-HOP
with a senior citizen discountJ
Turning 50 did not
rattle me…but 55…yes…
maybe because it is my first step…
into the population known as senior citizens…
a group not too long
ago I viewed as old.
Reaching this passage
I can more clearly see
there are two paths to travel toward aging.
One path leads down a
narrow way…a way that constricts and tightens its grip…
A way that funnels us smaller
restricting us tighter
and tighter…physically and spiritually.
The second path leads
to wide open spaces…
one that calls us to
stretch…to grow…to continue to mature
…to move with more
As we physically
age…our muscles and joints lose their natural flexibility…
as we lose our
flexibility… we lose our range of motion…
our necks become stiff.
what God called rebellious Israel)…
Our muscles become
tight… keeping our movements small…
and if we don’t
our muscles grow
tighter and any sudden movement can snap a muscle.
To remain physically strong and flexible…stretching
must become a way of life.
must also become a way of life.
our necks will become stiff…
ability to see around us.
Our spiritual muscles
our movements become
and the pressures of this
world will snap us.
So just as we need to daily stretch our physical bodies…
so it is for us spiritually....
daily we must allow the slow but steady stretching…
this stretching will
keep us spiritually flexible…
more pliable and bendable
to the will of God…
like soft clay in the
our spiritual muscles
will be loose…so we can run hard after God.
So no matter our age…let’s allow God’s loving
hands to stretch us…
keeping us flexible…so
we can move whenever and wherever He leads…
Today and each day of
I continue to count with words and pictures...all His gifts...all His grace...
Sweet gift from a dear friend...the first person I met in Nashville about 35 yrs ago!
I love cool days with the beautiful Fall blue skies.
to be filled
parents who don’t fear death
a meal to friends who just brought 2 boys home from Ghana
difference on day can make
dad calling me his friendJ
and hope that accompanies conviction
who gives vision to the blind
birthday celebrations…lunch with a dear friend
great- nephews born this week
bringing roommate home for dinner
morning breakfast with hubby…11yr tradition and counting
son play in his first college scrimmage…where does the time go?
and I drinking coffee as we watch Ann’s keynote speech…such a giftJ
Let me know your
mailing address and I will get this out to you.
I pray you are as
blessed by this book as I was.
Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. 2. Link back here and invite others to join in. 3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..