It’s Launch Day
Well, here we are! Launch day is finally here. God is infinitely good! He has carried me the last four months through days (and many very long nights) of doubt and fear, wondering what made me feel I possibly have anything to offer anyone else regarding living a fulfilled life.
A few months ago it became clear to me that I do have something God wants me to share with others.
The mission He gave me:
The new Praise, Gratitude, & Joy seeks to encourage, enlighten and convince today’s mature woman of a fundamental fact: “You are never too old to become what you were meant to be.” God had a plan when you were formed. Retirement in today’s society happens long before we have reached the end of our potential to serve the Lord.
I am so glad you are here.
What is His plan for you?
Remember we each have value and great worth. Just because we have reached a certain age, we are not “used up” or “useless.” We have abundant knowledge and grace to share with the younger generation and with our fellow sojourners. His plan may surprise you.
How do you know when God is leading you to do something specific? Does he speak out loud? God has never spoken audibly to me, but to others I know, I think He does. Or perhaps He speaks through a conversation with a friend, as happens to me all the time with my dear friend Carolyn. Sometimes it may be from a message in Sunday School or morning Worship or something you see on the news. Often it is through a closed door when you try to work things out on your own. Years ago when I was teaching 5th grade Sunday School, He spoke to me through the beautiful children in my classroom. Mostly God talks to me through my heart when I quietly invite Him into my thoughts. In other words, the direction from God can come from anywhere. Be attentive and listen for His voice.
As we travel this road together
Through the new Praise, Gratitude, & Joy I hope to share many stories from women who have heard the call of God and stepped boldly forth to execute His plan for their lives. I want to remind you that we are seeking guest writers to share their stories with others. Be an encouragement, share your triumphs and your setbacks. Listen for God’s voice.
Things you need to know
Each month we also plan to share articles of information that you may or may not already know. For many of us, our husbands handled much of the financial/business side of our family life and after they are gone there is what I like to call “information overload.” We are going to build an archive of these guest articles so, should you need them, you can come here to find answers to questions you may have, or at least find someone who can help you find the answers.
The scripture that touched my heart today as I wrote this.
Psalm 139: 1-18
1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.
This Week’s Guest Author
I would like to introduce you to a woman that I have been friends with since we were in the first grade. She warms my heart and I cherish her friendship. Meet my friend, Jenna.
“All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purposes.” Romans 8:28.
The essence of my faith is based on the preceding Scripture. Like most people, I’ve had peaks and valleys, with an occasional plateau, during my life! One of the advantages of being mature is life has given one many opportunities to stand in faith, trust in the
Lord, and have Him prove himself again and again. I think having faith is easier because of all the experience I have garnered in life. It’s easier to see the Father’s hand when one looks back over many years.
I was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and had a childhood filled with those peaks and valleys mentioned before. When I was 18, I married a young man who was in the Navy and had the wonderful opportunity to live in many areas of the United States as well as a duty station in Scotland. I’m a firm believer in marriage (I tried it three times!), and that, too, has provided proof of His love and grace. I’ve had many careers and have been practicing law for more than 12 years and working with Social Security benefits for 14 years. I also teach at the University of Phoenix and, formerly, Colorado Christian University.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
Join us tomorrow for Jenna’s article What You Should Know About SSA Dependent and Survivor Benefits