Abiding

Abiding Verse

In her book, Praying God’s Word, Beth Moore expands this verse through personal reflection.

How do we “abide” in the love of God?  We dwell no further from His side than the place we are most keenly aware of His great affection.  Was it not the disciple who reclined against Christ Jesus who saw himself as the “beloved disciple”?

Place your ear against the chest of the Savior so that, when troubled times come, you will not know what will befall you, but you can hear the steady pulse of the boundless love of Him who holds you.

When I read Beth’s words this week, the vision of having my ear against Christ’s chest and hearing/feeling His heartbeat stayed with me.  And, add the part about Him holding me, and that brings a flood of comfort.  There is no more secure place in this life.

I pray you have found your place with Christ where you feel the steady pulse of His boundless love, and that you have a blessed and spectacular Sunday!

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Begin as You Mean to End

The last two weekends were extremely busy, and I was disappointed not to post either Sunday, even though they were both Spectacular Sundays.  (They always are.)

Two weekends ago, I attended my class reunion activities out of town.  I won’t divulge the year number, because it’s a bigger number than I like to admit to myself.  I don’t mind admitting it to you, but it’s hard to accept it in my own brain – that I am really this old.

I feel so young!  Do you feel younger than your age?

Do you tell your age to others?

While working during college, a slightly older and refined Southern female co-worker stated:

A woman who tells her age will tell you everything.

With her voice ringing in my brain when the subject of age comes up, I usually decline sharing it (unless directly asked).  I wouldn’t want to give the impression I’d tell everything, y’all.

Actually, I’ve never been all that sensitive about age.  I feel I’ve earned every gray hair I have, so why hide them?  It’s sort of a badge of honor to have survived these years – not that it really had anything to do with me making it happen.  God has numbered our days – and for His purpose.  We have very little to do with it.  Well, nothing to do with it, actually.

We live in a time of everyone desperately clinging to their youth – a nip here, a tuck there, and always hair color (or so it seems).

People probably wonder why I don’t color my hair.  The old commercial comes to mind.

I’m gonna wash that grey right out of my hair.

I always said I wanted to grow old gracefully.  I believe it’s important to accept who we are in every season of life.

It’s not the outer self that matters as much as the inner self.  The way I figure it, the inner self is easier to work on, has a longer lasting affect, and is much less expensive.  I Timothy 2:10 says,

For women who claim to be devoted to God

should make themselves attractive by the good things they do. (NLT)

Let’s just face it.  Women are beautiful – even without makeup and adornments!   Women are especially beautiful when they are caring, humble, kind, and have a servant’s heart.

Yes, we need to brush our teeth.  Yes, we need to take care of hygiene.   And, YES, we need to strive for loveliness on the inside.

Adorning ourselves isn’t a sin, unless we make it our focus.  We are not to take our beauty too seriously and let it become too important in our lives.  Relating in the right way with others is our target.  That is what makes us truly beautiful.

We are never too old or too young to disqualify ourselves from this mandate.  Here are a couple of things the Bible says about age.

We see in Joshua 13:1 that old age is not a barrier to being used by God:

When Joshua was old and well advanced in years, the Lord said to him,

“You are very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over.” (NIV)

We read in I Timothy 4:12 that young age is not a barrier to being used by God:

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young,

but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love,

in faith, and in purity. (NIV)

So we should not let our age hold us back, whether we are young, old, or in between.

I have another little tidbit to share with you.  A friend I was with during the reunion festivities made the following comment in response to something we were discussing.

Begin as you mean to end.  (Author unknown – please share if you know!)

Begin as You Mean to End

In our discussion, it was appropriate as we encouraged someone not to start something they didn’t want to continue as a responsibility.  Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t start something you can’t finish”?  That was my initial thought on the meaning of the quote.

This quote has continually come to mind over the last two weeks.  It is profound on so many levels!

Among others, my take-away from this quote is this.  Picture yourself (at the end of your years) as the person of integrity and distinction you intend to be.  Begin there.  If we begin something with the end goal in mind, we will assume the role of being what we intended for later.

What is your take-away from this quote?  I’d love for you to share your thoughts.

Also, are your age or beauty treatments ruling your life?  If so, maybe God needs your attention again.  He numbers our days, and He blesses our lives at every age and stage.  Why do we fight against the beauty of the golden years by trying so hard to be something we’re not?

Why is it that young people want to be older and older people want to be young?  Why can’t we enjoy being where we are right now and not wish for the past or the future?  We’re missing out on today.  All our years are golden and filled with treasures at every phase.

I hope we can focus on what really matters, relish this moment – today, and enjoy a Spectacular Sunday!

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