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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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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