What Are You Doing?

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Time. Those who don’t have it, wish for more. Those who have too much time, end up wasting it. So, what exactly do we do with time?

Seventy years are given to us!

    Some even live to eighty.

But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble;

    soon they disappear, and we fly away.

Psalm 90:10 (NLT)

I’m almost 50 years old. If I use 80 as the max that I will reach, that actually leaves me more or less with 30 years left in my life. It’s a little scary as I don’t know how my physical body will age but it’s comforting to know that I will have about 30 years more to endure the things of the world. Why did I use the word ‘endure’? It’s difficult to see the wrong things in the world and knowing that things will never be right until our Lord’s return.

30 years. (30 x 365.4 which makes 10,962 days) But most of the hours per day (for now) are spent doing the 8-5pm work and the hours we sleep. In other words, there isn’t much time left. For years, I’ve felt the nudging in my heart to write but I never really took that step until this year, with the birth of this site. There was a prophetic word I received many years ago. “God will use your writing.” That was what the pastor had said. He wasn’t sure how but that was the word he heard.

While I do not know how many people will be reading and actually be encouraged by the writings here, but my prayer is that this site will do just what it was meant to do…become spring for the soul.

Since I do not know how many years I have left, I made a conscious decision to spend more time reading God’s Word and do His will.

What will you do with your life?

Bible Verse

And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.

2 Peter 3:14

Pressing On…

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I never enjoyed spending time in the garden in the past but was introduced to it early last year. I spent Saturday morning sowing some seeds on some of the pots. Before I did that, I pulled up the weeds and uprooted one of my old okra trees. It was hardly growing anymore and getting diseases. From gardening, I am reminded of some truths.

My father passed away early November in 2019. I still miss him today and the void in my heart will be there until we are reunited again one day in heaven. I still have some regrets of not having spent more time with him when he was still alive. I still wish that I had thought of more things to talk about instead of the awkward silence whenever he was with me in the living room. God is right in taking him home at that time. I’m not saying because I know He is right all the time and that God makes no mistakes. However, I realize that if my father had died last year, or this year, it would’ve been difficult to plan for a proper funeral with all the standard operating procedures ever since Covid 19. My sisters wouldn’t have been able to make it home to attend the funeral. If he is still alive today, he’ll still be bedridden and suffering.

Ever since he left us, my view of life changed. Life is fragile and I know we can keep saying it but what are we doing about it? To me it means trying to spend more time with my mother while she’s still strong and alive. It means praying and planning for an earlier retirement so that I can spend more time with her, .. quality time. Not when she gets frail. When I shared my retirement plans with some people, I get so many different responses. “Wow!” “But she’s still strong.” The truth is, I haven’t made enough for retirement. How much money is enough money for retirement? The value of money may change due to inflation and circumstances in our lives may change. In the end, true security is only found in Christ alone.

Those who know your name trust in you,

    for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.

Psalm 9:10 (NLT)

Isn’t it better to have quality time with someone you love doing things you enjoy together? And because time is the most expensive commodity, what can we do with the remaining time we have left here but to live for the Lord.

Bible Verse

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Philippians 3:14 (NLT)