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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

(John 10:10, NIV)

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In April, I celebrated my 69th birthday! Honestly, I didn’t think I would live this long. Seriously! Where have the years gone? It seems every day of life has been jam-packed full of both wonderful and horrible things I wondered if I would survive and yet, here I am, going strong and wondering why there always seems to be some kind of helicopter still landing in my life.

I have some advice for you, girlfriend. If you are a young woman, it really is true that you should cherish every day and every moment with your friends and family because the older you get, the quicker the days fly by. I look at my children who are married and having children of their own and wonder where all of those years went. How did this happen?

If you are an older woman, take a deep breath and celebrate the fact that you are breathing. If you are alive, I believe God has a purpose and plan for your life. Give yourself a pat on the back for your survival skills. Take a few moments to reflect on your life and don’t get hung up on what might have been. Celebrate what is and what will be.

I have discovered some wonderful advantages to growing older and have learned some valuable lessons along the way. Each chapter of life seems to grow more exciting and I keep wondering when that “slow down” thing is going to kick in. I am no longer overly concerned with a lot of things that once kept me awake at night. There is great freedom in having paid a lot of “life dues” because I have already been there, done that and don’t really care about getting the T-shirt.

I can say with authority that you probably will live through that crisis you think will be the death of you. What defines you today may very well seem ridiculous in ten years or even ten days. Stupidity will give way to wisdom learned the hard way. I now give myself permission to do or not do things I once would have felt compelled to do simply because it was someone’s ridiculous expectation … not God’s plan. My audience has certainly changed over the years from the people who love to leer at me through the glass bowl in which I live to running the race of life for an audience of One.

Yes, there are moments when I have made a frenzied and desperate attempt to stay young. But then, why would I want to do that? There are many years of my life I really do not want to revisit and there is so much of my life now that I love. During one of those youth seeking moments, I came across the following list of ways to stay young and found it quite interesting.

How to Stay Young

  1. Throw out non-essential numbers such as your age, weight and height.
  2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. If you really need a grouch, there are probably family members to fill that need.
  3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Just never let the brain idle.
  4. Enjoy the simple things. When the children are young, that is all you can afford. When they are in college that is all you can afford. When they are grown, and you are on retirement, that is all you can afford.
  5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter.
  6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person that is with us our entire life is ourselves.
  7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies or whatever. Your home is your refuge.
  8. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
  9. Don’t take guilt trips. Go to the mall, the next county, a foreign country – but not guilt.
  10. Tell the people you love how much you love them every chance you get. Never assume they know.
  11. Don’t worry about things you cannot change or do anything about. Accept them and move on.
  12. Read more and dust less.
  13. Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. Recognize these moments now and cherish them.
  14. Do not “save” anything. Use your good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the next blossom of flowers you see.
  15. Wear your best outfit and perfume to the market.
  16. “Someday” and “one of these days” should vanish from your vocabulary. If it is worth seeing or hearing or doing, go and see or hear or do it now.

What about you? Are you living each day to the fullest? Jesus is all about living an abundant life in the here and now … whatever stage of life that may be for you. Jesus came so that we can live abundantly and eternally. Eternity began the moment you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Let’s Pray

Father, I want to live life to the fullest. I want everything You have for me and don’t want to miss a single blessing or trial that is for my good. Please help me keep my eyes on You and celebrate every day and all that it holds. I trust You, Lord, to work all things together for my good and Your glory.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Who or what is stealing the joy from your life?

Read Romans 8:28 and know God is at work to make your life exactly what He wants it to be.

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11 Responses to “Cherish Today”

  1. Ruthie says:

    Luv this encouraging message!

  2. Joy says:

    Mary, I loved every bit of your article! Very inspiring!
    My husband, Chris, passed away recently, and although I dearly miss him, I rejoice knowing he is with Jesus, and I feel very alive in Christ knowing that each day is precious 💕

  3. Tonia says:

    I really really really loved this! We have be reminded of this sometime. I will be 49 years old on Sunday and I often wonder, where did time go??? Thanks so much for this!

  4. Trish says:

    Good morning, AMEN 🙏 I am 71 and you hit the jackpot every step of the way. God Loves You and So Do I.
    I tell young people all the time , “If you can afford it go and do everything you can while you are young. Because when you get old and retire you may not have the money or health to go and do, but you can look back and have a lot of great memories to visit about “.
    God has taken care of me all my life but I was in my 30’s when I gave Jesus Christ my Heart and he opened up my eyes so I could understand His word when I read the Bible. I understand the song words, “I once was blind but now I see “. I look back on my life and can see God was in Control of my life, totally. I look forward to seeing Heaven and all my brothers and sisters in Christ.
    He has used me many times and I am still asking,”What is my purpose for still being here?” I am trying my best to be His hands.
    God Bless all you girls who are able to keep us together in Christ through your wonderful writing. Amen 🙏

  5. Joy says:

    this devotional gave me life!

  6. Jen says:

    Thank you! Exactly what I needed today for my soul.

  7. Maria says:

    hi,
    today would have been my 23rd anniversary being married.
    But its been 4 years going separated and recently divorced . it was a very toxic relationship and God saw us through my 2 children. He was ot a christian and there was a moment I was not being one as well and brought me more to my knees and asking God to help me. Which he did and the thing that was so awesome was having my son and daughter.
    Please pray that since he is our in our lives anymore , pray for my son Aaron and Hannah and I to live life to the fullest as a family of 3. I love my life being a single Mom . It has it challenging pain and joys. Please pray we will be Joyful and God will see us thru all the years we can grow together a a family. And my children will be
    succesful in school and life.
    Thank you for taking time and giving me a hope in your devotional and time of prayers .
    I love this girlfriends in God . We do need each other as time can grow . Also pray for my best friend in Christ that she can be healed as well going thru cancer treatments. Her daughter and mine is a good friends we met at church since my separation/ divorce years. She has been my prayer warrior and friend . Thank you again.
    Love, Maria

  8. Lori says:

    I so desperately needed this Mary! I’ve been carrying a heavy load for a long time. The Lord used you to help me put things in perspective and to remind me to take each day and it enjoy, no matter my circumstances.

    Thank you! To God be the glory!

  9. Menchu says:

    I am inspired by this message. I just celebrated my 50th birthday this month of September and I have lots of “what ifs” in my mind. I realized that I should not allow satan to steal my joy and that all things God works for good with those who have him, those he has called according to his purpose.

  10. Madeline says:

    I really needed this! I’ve been feeling kind of down lately and discouraged by the repetition of school and stress, so thank you so much for the encouragement and reminder to live life!

  11. Hannah says:

    I really love this message. This list of advice are good thoughts to remember. Thanks for being an inspiration Mary! God indeed has a greater plan for all of us, all we have to do is to enjoy and learn in every step of the way.

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