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Catching Up

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It shocks me how fast time is going by.  Guess that means I am having tons of fun !   Axel is now 6 months old and enjoying his swimming lessons and learning to enjoy the taste of foods.   Mel-Ling and Yen are growing like weeds and always having fun coming to Grammie and Grandpas house to play in the dirt. And, the very big news is, Emery is now happily retired, and we are enjoying every single minute of it.   Life is abundantly good !
However, with the joys and blessings of aging, there comes along some issues that you need to deal with, so this coming Monday I will be having surgery on my knee.  Cleaning out the osteoarthritis and repairing a very nasty tear in my meniscus that I have been dealing with for far too long.  There is a small tear on the opposite side that will get fixed too.  I just worked out too hard one day and got the tear.  It will be great to have it all fixed so we can do more back packing and hiking.  So, if you think of it, keep me in your prayers on Monday tha…

Simplicity In A Complicated World

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I thought a bit about this Bible text this morning, from the 4th chapter of Corinthians '8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed,but not in despair;9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."       It is a complicated world we live in and there are times we all feel "hard pressed on every side".  So many distractions, being pulled in 5 directions at one time.  One week we are told we should not eat or drink this or that, then the next week, the news is the complete opposite. A new study showed that many people have their phones with them for 22 out of every 24 hours.  We are challenged daily with balancing what is politically correct with what our beliefs are.  We are pressed on every side regarding what we need to look like, what we need to "have" in order to keep up with technology.   Its not always easy to find that place where simple living can mesh with all that goes on around us.   Yes, I know some folks …

Listening

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In the past couple of weeks, I have learned, no, re-learned, a valuable lesson about listening.   Like many people, I get caught up with the busy-ness of life, measuring my successes by how busy I stay and how much I can accomplish in 24 hours.  Oh, of course I talk about my "quiet time", those moments on the porch sipping my coffee and watching birds etc, but, if truth be told, during those quiet moments, my mind is running in circles, thinking and planning what to do next, or mentally making a list of things I want to do, "should" do or just think would be great to do. I am driven by some unseen force to succeed, to have accomplishments.  Its not all bad to be that way, but what has happened is, that God has gotten squeezed out.   Not much time for Him.  And, after all I haven't been totally convinced that what I think He wants me to do, fits in well with this busy life I have made for myself.  I am being honest here, relationships need time together and I ha…