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I am a 66 year young woman who has changed much in the last few years. I'm single again. I changed jobs twice (learned new skills), had a serious stroke in 2008, "retired" and after getting better started taking up new interests, and am continuing to get more fit. Some things have matured. I've enjoyed watching my three guys grow into men I respect and am proud of. One waited 11 years to have his first birth child. Today I'm a grandma of six (four boys and 2 girls between two families) with a third girl on the way. I have learned to love Jesus even more, and I have regained my sense of adventure. Someone said, "The best is yet to be."--I believe it, if I keep an open mind and heart and keep growing and walking with God.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012


There is something about my nature that I have tried to ignore, but I've finally come to the conclusion that I ignore it at my own peril. For years I have tried to tell myself that I don't need rewards for good, healthy behaviors. I have told myself that these behaviors should be normal for me, that I'm a Christian, and the only reward I need is Jesus, etc.

Jesus is the best reward--His presence a continually deepening reality in my life, but I need other rewards as well. That seems to be one of my needs as a human being. While losing weight and working on codependency and other habits, even little rewards are a help and tell me I'm achieving something. They are not unneeded extras, but they are helpers in my growth. I will never despise encouragement again--for myself or others!

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