Peace in the Landscape of “Retirement” (R-words in the Garden)

You are a garden fountain,    a well of flowing water    streaming down from Lebanon. Song of Songs 4:15 I may be experiencing some extra aches and pains in my joints, and popping a few more ibuprofen than usual, but the good news is that Rebekah and I are out there in the garden, actually making progress, and it …

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Retirement Planning, Shifting our Center of Gravity, and “Being Rich Toward God”

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’  “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:20-21 Being "retired" is an interesting phenomenon. Especially when it …

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Updated review from our first Airbnb experience – in Maggie Valley

“Come, you who are blessed by the Lord,” he said. “Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.” Genesis 24:31 - saying goodbye to our B&B The past few weeks have seen an overwhelm of interesting content for me to publish. This long hot summer has involved celebrations, …

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Boutique hotels and giant ships – the Savannah waterfront!

Savannah! How have I lived in the Southeastern United States for the past 44 years and not have been here before? What a cool city! Rebekah and I will definitely have to return in the fall or the spring for several days of relaxation and exploration. This was the end of our short vacation, introducing …

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Making travel plans – so excited!!

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.    The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas    and built it on the ocean depths.Psalm 24 I am pleased to report this morning that I am excited - giddy, almost - about the fact that Rebekah and I have some …

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Something New for Rebekah (it was going to happen sooner or later!)

- and she's off! Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look! I’m making all things new.” He also said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”Revelation 21:5 - First Presbyterian Church, Wilson Today marks the beginning of another new chapter. It's nine months into Rebekah's retirement, and once again I …

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Life and Retirement and Gardening…

The Lord God took the human(s) and settled him (them) in the garden of Eden to farm it and to take care of it.Genesis 2:15 - Rebekah working with the plants As an observer by trade (both writing and photography require a great deal of eyes and ears open paying attention) I often find myself simultaneously participating …

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You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast…

- Grace and David Maul reading together You will keep in perfect peace    those whose minds are steadfast,    because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever,    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.Isaiah 26:3-4 - Wake Forest based writer, Derek Maul I want to preface this post by saying how important it is to me that I treat subjects with respect when …

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“Busting to make a call” and other fun idioms we all need to know!

- David and Derek So this week Wake Forest has galloped ahead from cool to hot, from early spring to early summer, and Monday saw 80-degree temperatures to go along with all that lovely pollen saturating the air! It also meant I could get dad out and about to explore his new neighborhood and get …

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The business end of love – and a huge step in my dad’s journey

I will still be carrying you when you are old. Your hair will turn gray, and I will still carry you. I made you, and I will carry you to safety.Isaiah 46:4 - Derek Maul writes in North Carolina Friday afternoon - after a full six months of research, prayer, visits, disappointments, prayer, interviews, tours, …

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