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How old is old?

This is a repost of something I posted on Facebook last year.

How old is old?

Twenty years, Forty, Eighty, more?

Antiques are anything over 25 years old.

Fifty years is half a century.

We have septuagenarians, octogenarians and centenarians.

So how old is old?

When we look at our lifespan, how long is it?

How long did God create us to exist?

How old is old?

We are spirit, body and soul.

I am a spiritual being, I have a soul, I live in a body.

Have you ever owned a car/ a vehicle that just got worn out?

You could have taken care of it, pampered it. Maybe you got 20, 30 years out of it but there came a time where something had to change.

I have seen and heard so many people around me talking about “getting old” “I’m old.”

We have forgotten something very important.

We were not created to exist for only seventy years, 100 years.

We were created for eternity.

When we junk that old car/vehicle we do not stay in it. We get out. We get a new car / bike / trike / plane /  boat, etc.

When this body, this flesh, withers away we are not old.

We are still incredibly young.

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Getting Ready

I found this post on Facebook the other day and the friend who posted it mentioned that despite the possibility of it getting him in trouble this gave him a laugh.

He’s right. If I look at this with the eyes of a woman living in 2015 this looks outrageous but let’s take another look.

*Prepare yourself mentally for……* an encounter, a challenge, a trial, a pleasure, etc. Prepare yourself mentally. How many times have we entered our day without preparing for it? Are you like me? Some days it seems all I do is react. Some days it’s like there is no opportunity to “get my feet under me” (ref. a runners starting pose or a martial artist ready stance). These days, leave me exhausted, battered, grumpy, confused, feeling as if I had accomplished nothing.

But what about the days where I do “prepare myself mentally”? The days where I wake up and it seems like my mind is on Jesus. :) Where I begin my day in conversation with Him. :) These are the days where it seems that “I’ve got this”. These are the days where I don’t attempt to take on the world, I take the world to Jesus. Knowing that He’s “got this”. These are the days where I go forward “on purpose,” where I deliberately choose to face the day instead of trying to hide and just react.

*Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.*

*Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade.* Have you ever tried to do something but it seemed like something else had all your attention. Lets use prayer for an example. You get ready to pray and it seems like you are fighting a battle. All of a sudden all you can think about is, “did I pay the light bill? did Johnny get to school on time?” And so on and so on. Take a pencil and paper with you and jot down these thoughts. Sometime they are just straight up distraction from talking to God. Sometimes, they’re God saying ” This needs to be addressed.” There have been many times in my life where I didn’t want to be proactive, I didn’t want to “take care of business” and just wanted to let life make it’s own decisions for me. (be lazy) Yet I have found that there is a freedom of thought, a peace, that comes from knowing that what I can do, I have done.

*When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing..*

*When you sew make yourself as attractive as possible.* When we plan to start something new how we look at ourselves will determine the success or failure of what we are about to do. If  I plan to enter a battle and my armor is not clean, my weapons are rusty and my skills undeveloped, I will already believe that I will be defeated. BUT, If I have done everything I knew to do in preparation and I have full faith that God has got my back, then, it is time to battle.

*Put on a clean dress…….Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick on…*

*If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly out together,..* Are we ready for Jesus to stop by? Are we facing our battles fully dressed, full of faith and joy that we get to be doing this for God? Are we, like little children, saying, “God, God, look at this! Look at what we did together isn’t it beautiful?!” Too many people say they want Jesus to come soon but, oh, just wait while I do this, or, Jesus, I want to be saved but just let me try this first, or, Sure, Jesus, I want to get serious about you BUT…

*If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should.*

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Prayer

Father God, how I love you. There are so many times and so many ways that I fail you and yet you still love me. You still treat me with care. You haven’t thrown me away. I thank you, Father, because you still love me.

Jesus, you gave your life for me. You didn’t just die in my place, you picked up all my sins and made them a part of yourself. You knew them inside and out, every guilty pleasure and every secret (and not so secret) shame. You saw the cancer that is sin and destroyed it’s power. You cancelled out my sentence to hell by dying and going to hell in my place. Because of you, I get to go to heaven. I get to live a life free of shame.

Holy Spirit, I know you want all the attention to rest on Jesus because of all He has done and all that He is still doing for us. Yet, I want to thank you. Without you I would not have gotten to know Jesus as well as I do. I know that there is so much about Jesus that I still don’t know and don’t understand but you’re teaching me. Thank you for teaching me, for never thinking I was/am too far gone. Thank you for loving me.

Jesus, I don’t know what I would have done without you. I would have died when I was 8 in that auto accident. I would have died at 16 from suicide. I would have died in my 20’s because of my sexual addictions. You have preserved my life so many times. You have broken the chains of depression. You have removed the addictions. You have taught me to love myself, to quit hating on myself. I remember asking to see with your eyes and now I see good things in the people around me. I asked to hear with your ears and I hear the way people talk to each other and now I can hear the good stuff that’s said not just the bad.

I ask for the mind of Christ because I want to think your thoughts. I don’t want to get caught up in the outside stuff, I want to see people becoming the beautiful and handsome people/children you created them to be.

Father, we have become so hard on ourselves. We call ourselves names, we beat ourselves up, we make fun of and say hurtful things about ourselves. Teach us to see ourselves as valuable to you. Lately I’ve been hearing “The cost/ the value of an item is determined by how much someone is willing to pay.” Father, you and Jesus and the Holy Ghost flabbergast me.

Jesus, you knew from creation exactly how much sin there would be in the world, You knew exactly how many times you would be hit, exactly how much damage the cat of nine tails would leave. You knew the grief that would be in your mother’s and best friend’s hearts. And You still loved us. And you still want to spend eternity with us.

Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Father. Thank you Holy Spirit.

I love you.