Growing Old

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A woman after my own heart! lol!

Phoenix Rainez

As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to, and less critical of, myself. I’ve become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read, or play on the computer until 4am? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60s, 70s & 80s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, or deemed inappropriate for my age and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But then again, some of life is just as well forgotten…

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The Source

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Great C S Lewis quote!

Mitch Teemley

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The world’s idea of joy is but a reflection. And we cannot live in a reflection. We have to flip it over to see the Source, the place where Joy lives, continually calling for us to come home.

“This people’s heart has become calloused; they can hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.”

~Matthew 13:15

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I never thought I’d be thanking God for football!

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I’ve always disliked competitive sports particularly since becoming a Christian. To me exalting yourself/team at someone else’s expense seems the opposite of the servant nature of a Christian. I could never understand, even as a child, why it mattered who scored highest in getting balls through hoops, posts, etc. – such a pointless activity. I found it amusing that grown men got so caught up in children’s games.

Yet now, though I’d find actually watching a match rather tedious, I have been keenly following England’s wins in the world cup. Why?

You see I’ve been praying for some time for something to help unite us amid the whole Brexit turmoil etc. and strangely these football wins seem to be doing just that. A young multi ethnic (if not multi- national) team playing together, and winning, seems to have captured many hearts. People who wouldn’t normally mix are hugging each other and somehow national confidence is being restored. Who would have thought God would use football lol?

By this shall you know!

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Jesus gave a formula by which all would know we were His followers. It was not which denomination, or creed we held, or how often we went to church, not even how well we kept “the rules”.

He said, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another.”