Don’t ya love it when someone visibly looks shocked (not fake-shocked for like a tip or something), but really stunned when you casually mention that you are about to turn 50?! ME TOO!! Hey, I’ll take fake-shocked sometimes. As I ponder this new year, the running thread at the forefront in my mind is about turning 50 in October. Can I lose 20-30 lbs. in that time frame? Is that even possible? Does that mean completely giving up sweets and bread? Will my legs ever look like they did in my 30’s? What can I do to my face/neck/hands to get ahead of this aging thing?
Then I swing to other side and think, really, why does it even matter? Why does it matter if some stranger thinks you are younger than you are? Like you are cheating the system somehow, like you got better genes (jeans?) than someone else? I mean, does it truly matter?! Side note, if anyone (in their late 40's early 50’s) has a really great pair of jeans that fits them please PM me! Or, maybe fifty somethings should no longer be wearing jeans? What are the rules? Are we only allowed to wear those “not your daughters” spanks-filled, high-waisted, high stretch factor ones? Full disclosure, I have been wearing Chico’s stretchy black legging like (jegging) pants for a few years now, no shame, they are super comfortable, and I love that my size is a 1 there!
So, ladies and gents, all this to say, perhaps we ought to focus on things that truly matter, things that will have eternal lasting impact not only on our lives but on the lives of others. We are beginning an 8-week journey that is scripture focused, that teaches us to “Lose what weighs you down so you can Love God, Yourself, and Others” It is called The Wellness Revelation by Alisa Keeton. We begin on Jan 14th, would you prayerfully consider joining us, even if you live across the globe? The study is rich with soul-searching and scriptural references and learning to completely rely on our Good, Good Father for every detail in our lives. Perhaps by the end of the 8-weeks we can look in the mirror and be content and satisfied with our bodies, our health, our choices? Perhaps we can be healed from soul-to-skin. Wouldn’t that be amazing?! It’s worth a shot! What do you have to lose…?
We entered 2021 excited for what was to come. Things were looking up! We had a goal, a vision, and a purpose that gave us great joy. We had it all planned out. Our amazing graphic designer, Preston, had created the artwork. I had sourced just the right garments. Our trusty local printer printed onto the amazing garments. We had created giftable items for folks who might be looking for something more than apparel. We spent several months curating, sourcing, and working towards our goal of launching THE most amazing thing ever. We had a plan; (we have learned over 5 years to plan far ahead of the seasons.) We even had a pop-up planned at a trendy store. We were super excited to launch this powerful, hopefully life-giving movement. Everything was on target.
Then…during a benign Monday night in early January, we got a phone call. For anyone who has ever been a caregiver, you know that when you see the facility name and number pop up on your screen, your heart drops a little bit.
In mid-March, Kansas declared that schools would close for the rest of the school year. Other states soon made the same determination.
Very quickly we started hearing terms like “Shelter at Home” and “Social distancing.” “Quarantine” was a word seldom heard these days…until now when we hear it daily.
The words “Pandemic” and “Plague,” although foreign and strange to the younger generation, engender memories giving rise to fear in the minds and hearts of the oldest among us.
Businesses and churches closed,
The economy faltered,
Violence at home is increasing,
and Deaths from the virus are reported daily.
Many of us have only seen times like these in movies or read about them in books.
and Discouragement is on the rise, exacerbated by the news reports and accompanied by weather fluctuations from cold and wintry to mild and spring-like and back to wintry again.
And we are all wondering, "How long???"
Nothing is certain except that nothing is certain.
I always love it when I read those words “But God” in my Bible. Often they follow bad circumstances or evil, offering hope to a situation that would otherwise seem hopeless.
As I pushed forward and backward the seemingly heavy vacuum and saw the white pup hair that was being taken away little by little, I lost it. Literally had a breakdown right there in the living room. The room was quiet except for the hum of the vacuum. It did not matter that no one was around, I could not help but bawl uncontrollably thinking of our beloved Gidget and the fact that we had to put yet another dog down...
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