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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Photo essay featuring faith, love, and difficult questions…

“‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord."Leviticus 19:32 The banner of this blog reads, "Derek Maul: Words and Photographs for the Journey." It's not so much a subject matter blog (like a foodie blog or a car blog), where you know you can always find …

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Caught by Surprise: (has it really been six months since Rebekah retired?)

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.Ephesians 3:17-19 - Benediction Peace …

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“Cat” – “Baby” – “House” And it’s well past one-fifteen, deep into the afternoon…

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. - 3 John 1:2 It is a sure sign that age is now a factor when your Medicare Advantage provider sends someone to you house to make sure you're …

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An invitation to thrive!

I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. - Jeremiah 29:11 Geoffrey considering what to do next... (image by Naomi) There are a lot of ideas tugging at me this morning, begging for commentary or a …

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Messi; Harry & Meghan; Rebekah: it’s all the same thing!

Everything is permitted, but everything isn’t beneficial. Everything is permitted, but everything doesn’t build others up. No one should look out for their own advantage, but they should look out for each other. - 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 - Rebekah and Derek Maul I honestly did not expect that much response to yesterday's post - "Derek …

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A huge “Thank you” – from the bottom of my heart

Note/disclaimer: I will forget to mention at least one important person in this post - it's inevitable - I'm sorry... First of all, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because the news about your faithfulness is being spread throughout the whole world. I serve God in my spirit by sharing …

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“And she’s off” – notes and photos from a busy Sunday

The Lord is my shepherd;    I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows;    he leads me beside peaceful streams.     He renews my strength.He guides me along right paths,    bringing honor to his name. - Psalm 23 Okay. So I have notes from Sunday. Several. I have to comment on a whole slew of different things, so this …

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we are not retired, we are recalibrating, and reinventing, and re-creating

- official 42nd anniversary portrait Since my youth, God, you have taught me,    and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray,    do not forsake me, my God,till I declare your power to the next generation,    your mighty acts to all who are to come. Psalm 71:17-19Retirement is defined in terms of what is …

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Sunday my heart was torn – but also filled with peace

- last view from Wild Bird I was not nearly ready to leave the mountains Sunday morning. But Rebekah and I needed to make our way to Washington for a family funeral, and we did enjoy beautiful scenery all along the way. We left our peaceful retreat at Wild Bird fairly early, making our way …

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