“Rich, in the good things they do…”

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Grace and David Maul taking an afternoon stroll

Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.1 Timothy 6:18-19

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Derek Maul “gardening” in North Carolina

It’s time for a break from the recent more challenging reading material (55 years out from Selma), so today I’m sharing some encouragement from the very old and the very young.

My parents have enjoyed a good beginning to this week. It’s finally summer here, and suddenly hot, so getting dad out has been a challenge. But he did manage a small walk yesterday so we’re grateful for that.

I was out doing some work in the yard (in my Panama hat!) when mum and dad both appeared in the driveway, ready for a few laps around the circle!

They said they didn’t want to interrupt my gardening. But we have pretty much given the garden back to God, so I’d hardly classify what I do as much more than tidying up. I mow, trim, use the blower, and then mostly let the woods take care of the rest.

Regardless, I enjoy our beautiful corner of North Carolina and I am thankful to have my mum and dad next door.

Down in Miami:

IMG_0307Meanwhile, down in Miami, the grandchildren and their parents continue to respond to the lockdown with energy, creativity, imagination, and a lot of joy.

The family lives in a very play-friendly neighborhood so – now that Beks and David have officially completed first and second grade respectively, it’s all “go” and bikes and scooters and corn-hole and walking the puppy and getting soaked to the skin and then doing it all over again.

101682883_10101893452643022_1781896946592514048_n.123Taking hold of life:

Both children are full of bright smiles and boundless energy, modeling an enthusiastic exuberance for life that I hope and pray they gladly teach the new baby when December comes around.

Both ends of the life spectrum – and then us in the middle – all singing the same song, all simply grateful to be alive, and free, and together, and confident that our Creator God, the one who loves us both now and in all eternity, is our rock and our salvation.

I pray that this family always illustrates the truth of this scripture from 1 Timothy. To the extent that we do, I am so very blessed. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.” 

Holding on to real life – DEREK

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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