He’s Been with Me a Long Time

February 8, 2019 – 1 Samuel 29, 30; Psalms 35, 109; 1 Samuel 31

It’s been a hard winter. The storms just keep coming – 2 ice storms this week and 2 snowstorms in the forecast. There’s nothing I can do about the weather but I can remove all “snow” decorations.

I decided to make my front window look like a Valentine envelope. I wrapped it in red lights and made a heart “sticker” with white lights.

The sun was shining brightly through my huge window. I took the long-sleeved tee-shirt off and worked in a tank top and jeans.

I was stretching to put the lights in the cup hooks around the window frame. A woman drove by, smiled and waved. It took me a few minutes to place her.

Verda was the bookkeeper at Fairfield Lumber for decades. She was honest and loyal. When Fairfield Lumber closed its doors for the last time, she retired. She had an honorable reputation.

1 Samuel 29:3, “…He’s been with me a long time. I’ve found nothing to be suspicious of, nothing to complain about…” The Message

I wish I had more on than a tank top when I saw her. I waved cheerfully and felt my upper arm wave, too. (Maybe I need to increase my weights to 10 pounds.)

I talked to God for a few minutes about my frustration with aging. I repented for worrying about how I looked but reminded God I want to finish strong. I want to be like Caleb and Moses!

“Religious-sounding clichés and the usual run-of-the-mill prayer request list can undermine your opportunity to connect deeply and personally with God. Open up to Him instead. Get down to the nitty-gritty where you talk honestly about where you’re coming from and what you feel, think, and desire. That’s what being friends with God is all about!” The Word for You Today, 2-8-19

I’m sure Verda did not see my less than toned arms as I waved. That thought comforted me.

1 Samuel 30:6, “…David strengthened himself with trust in his God.” The Message

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