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It Really Is Just a Number

When I was in my twenties, I never thought about what my life would be like when I reached my fifties. Heck, I never thought about what my life would be like in my forties. Certainly, I never even broached the subject of turning sixty! Horrors!

When I reached my early fifties, I considered my sixties but only for a nanosecond. After all, that was lightyears away.

In my mid-fifties, I began to have the occasional ache here, a little pain there. Still nothing to be concerned about, I reassured myself.

Then I was no longer in my mid-fifties, I had reached my late fifties. Suddenly, without any warning (or any to which I paid attention) I was staring sixty in the face. I convinced myself that sixty is just a number and I kept on going.

The other day, an envelope arrived in the mail. The return address was the Department of Health and Welfare. My first thought was, “What do they want with me?” I ripped open the envelope and peeked inside. There was a card there. A red, white and blue card. Across the top was printed “Medicare.” And I knew I had almost arrived.

Yesterday, I reached the mid-point of the sixties. The BIG one. 65. WOW.

I’ve been reflecting about all the things I’ve done in these first sixty-five years of my life. Here are some that mean so much to me: 1) I’ve taught many classes in church, and I’ve counseled more people than I can count on ten fingers and ten toes. I hope and pray that God spoke through me to help each person. 2) Some people would probably disagree, but this is my story, so I’ll say that I believe I’ve achieved success in my professional career in my chosen field of administration. I’ve worked for Fortune 500 companies, privately-owned companies, a non-profit organization and three—count ‘em—three churches. 3) I am a writer. I’ve written articles for websites, church newsletters and over 600 blogs on this site. And, under a pen name, I’ve written and published a book. I’m working on two books now.

My greatest achievements are named Kim and Kyle, my two children. We went through some very difficult years—years they should not have had to go through. But by God’s grace and mercy, we survived, and we thrived. Today, both are happily married. Kim has one son, Mack, and her husband, Steven, has a daughter and son, Danielle and Owen. Kyle, and his wife Angela, have one son, Maverick, who turned one year old yesterday. Yep, born on my birthday.

Now, I begin looking ahead to what God has in store for me, and my wonderful husband and soul mate, Dave, in the next 65 years.

Robert Browning wrote: “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in His hand who saith, ‘A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!”

It really is just a number!

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Book Review: “Chasing Abigail”

When I first began to read “Chasing Abigail” I must admit that I was a little overwhelmed by the number of characters in the book. At that time, I did not realize that this book is the second book in The Restoration Series. Yes, you can read this book as a stand-alone and you will enjoy it. I would recommend that if you can get a copy of Book one in the series, Leann’s Victory, do so and read it.

Still, I persevered and a few chapters into the book I had the characters fixed in my mind. In all fairness to the author, Renee Kinlaw, the characters and their roles were listed in the front of the book–I didn’t see that page until I was finished reading the book.

This book centered around Abigail Reese and Michael Jennings. Abigail is a young woman who ran every morning as a form of exercise, but who had also run away from love, commitment and relationships most of her life. Michael is Pastor Michael Jennings, the single pastor of Palm Island Baptist Church. Jennings has been praying, asking God to send him the woman that he has selected for him. God shows him that woman is Abigail. Michael is captivated by Abigail’s beauty and even by her wounded spirit. And so, the “chasing” of Abigail begins.

Michael and Abigail’s story is a beautiful love story, but more importantly, God and Abigail’s story is a moving story of the love of the Father for His daughter. It tells us that God stands at the door of our hearts, knocking, patiently waiting for us to let Him enter. It reminds all of us just how far our Father God will go to prove His love for us. It reminds us of how his love for us is unconditional, extravagant, reckless, no matter where we’ve been or what we’ve done. 

Ms. Kinlaw did a masterful job in writing this book, without being pushy or “preachy.” This is a book that you will want to put on top of the stack of books by your bedside that you’ve yet to read. And you will want to read it more than once – it’s just that enjoyable.

I give this book a 10 on a rating scale of 1-10 and if I could rate it higher, I would.