As someone pushing just north of 60 years old, I have come to realize that I need to make the most of each and every day. The months and years are moving at a faster speed and I should not waste a precious minute. So here’s a little humor first.
You’re so old that I heard your social security number is 000-00-0001.
Why should you eat processed food as you get older. You’ll need all the preservatives you can get.
What was an older person’s first pet? A T-Rex
In wine or whiskey years, you are just becoming more delicious!
Recently my friend, Tim McGee, (Just a dude in a pew blog page) wrote about having open heart surgery. (https://reflectionsfromthepewblog.wordpress.com/2022/10/01/sunday-readings-reflection-a-hardened-heart/ )
Things like that make me realize that our time is short and we need to make the most of every day God gives us, to bring heaven to earth. Why would I knowingly waste my time on the craziness going on around me, when I should be grateful and try to encourage every single person who comes across my path?
In Dec 2021, I did a post on my little black book, the journal where I write down things that spoke to me out of the Bible. (https://godstillspeakstoday.com/2021/11/04/my-little-black-book/) I use this book to encourage myself, to remind me of the goodness of God, and what He has done in my life.
After my friend’s surgery, I came to the realization that I also need to have a little book with just the promises of God. You know, some of the verses that have been standing out to me. But as time is short, I needed to make what I wrote short and concise. Getting back to basics, as it were. This way, I can grab my little book of Promises, and get a quick fix of God’s word. It has also made it easier, having this Reader’s Digest version, to memorize the whole verse as it appears in the Bible. Some of these little writings just grasp the point of the verse to help me focus.
“Fix my thoughts on what is good, and true, and right.” (Phil. 4:8)
When Daniel’s enemies wanted to kill him, and as soon as the decree was signed that said anyone who prayed to someone other than the king would be thrown to the lions, Daniel knowing it was signed, and went home and prayed to God, just like he did every day.
Remain and continue unchanged. (Based on Daniel 6:10)
When the Israelites were freaking out about the Egyptians coming for them at the edge of the Red Sea.
Fear not. Stay calm. Stand firm. Be still and silent. See God’s deliverance. The Lord fights for me. (Ex. 14)
Some for just plain awesomeness.
Joy. Pray. Thanks. Praise. Always. (1 Thes. 5:16-18)
You are in me and I am in you. (Jesus-John 14:20)
Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony. (2 Cor. 13:11)
Let the Bible be the basic life support in your daily life. Time’s a wasting! Get to it!
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