Friday, July 18, 2014

In With the NEW

This summer season resembles the beginning of a new year. Out with the old and in with the NEW.  Change lurks around every corner. The picture of Charles and me in our hard hats standing in our NEW church building is just one example of how things are changing. Two years ago our church property was purchased for student housing at Kennesaw State University. Our congregation moved to an old school building and was grateful to have a place to meet with classroom space and a large gymnasium for worship. However, we have been away from our community and in a less than desirable location. The church also endured problems with freezing pipes last winter and no air conditioning during this hot Georgia summer. Most Christians in third world countries would be glad to have what we consider an inconvenience—so we try not to complain even though it is taking a toll on nerves and attendance. We will occupy the NEW building sometime in October but there is a lot to do between now and then to get ready to reach our community with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Charles and I decided we needed to find personal providers closer to home. We will soon see our NEW dentist and are still looking for NEW doctors. I thought I was all set with my family physician until I received notice he was moving to a new position in the hospital. Charles visited the replacement doctor and was not happy with his advice, so now we are both searching again. I finally found a NEW hairdresser five minutes from home after driving a long distance to see the same person for thirty years. Now I am looking for a NEW massage therapist to treat my fibromyalgia. She had the nerve to get married again and is closing her practice.

Speaking of marriage, two of my 64 years old friends found NEW loves and got married during the past two weeks. I am excited for both of them and remember that exciting time when Charles and I remarried later in life. New adventures are good for us when we are senior adults. Old patterns are changed and we have to move out of our comfort zone to embrace the new opportunities. 

Out with the old and in with the NEW.  We shouldn't be surprised by change. The Bible always is challenging us to do new things. “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19.  We need to remain flexible and trust our future to Him and then be prepared for whatever NEW doors open for us. 


  1. NEW is pretty special until it means DIFFERENT from anything and out of my comfort zone... so it is with day to day experiences here in Brazil. I love what Mama said the other night in the cold when our electricity was off without explanation and no way to heat either the room or her bed (we are a bit spoiled)... "Honey, we can do it, the Lord is with us!" as she moved toward her bed with her nightgown on. Within just minutes she was warm as hot toast and praising the Lord that we were not in Alaska tonight, but even in cold Brazil she was already very comfortable. I thought you and Charles had great attitudes with all the NEW experiences... when you reach 99 1/2 you will, too! Thanks, Frieda.

  2. Always blessed by your enthusiasm!! Comment about third world is SO true! Thanks for calling it to our attention.

  3. Yes, beginnings. We have to keep marching forward. New stretching techniques are on their way!!!