Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous
deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare
your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. Psalm 71:17-18 NIV
I’m fifty years old today. I used
to consider that old. My children certainly do! I don’t necessarily embrace the
idea that fifty is the new thirty, but I do feel like I have many years left in
these old bones. Whether God grants me longevity remains to be seen, but I’m
incredibly grateful for the years He has already blessed me with.
When I look back and consider I
was a child of the 70s and early 80s, it really doesn’t seem that long ago
until I start counting the years! Every generation has an era it goes through,
and I suppose for mine, it was the dawn of the technology age.
We didn’t have cell phones,
computers, or iPods. We had to get up to turn the knob on the TV to the only other channel we received. Eight-tracks still played in some cars and cassettes were
the “in” thing. As a teenager, I had a cassette player/recorder and often tried
to record songs off the radio because I didn’t have money for 45s (singles) or
albums. When you live in a house with eight other people, that’s kind of hard
to do. A few years ago, I listened to some of those old cassettes. Not one was
free of conversation in the background or someone walking into the room,
slamming a door, or making some other noise. J
I remember back in the 1990s when
camcorders first came on the scene (at least in my family), and my dad,
awestruck, remarked that my sister had a movie camera that could develop
pictures inside of it. J I wonder what
similar comment I’ll make to the next generation in my later years, and if my
kids will be as amused.
It’s fun to look back and
reminisce when you reach a milestone birthday. Mostly I have good memories and
relegate the bad ones to the back burner of my mind.
remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what
your hands have done. Psalm 143:5
Forrest Gump was right. Life is
like a box of chocolates. No matter what the core of your problems are, most
often there is something sweet to be found if we look hard enough. And no matter
what trials I’ve walked through, I can see God’s hand at work in my life. He
carried me during times of grief and loss. He’s given me great blessings—good
health, two beautiful children, both of my parents are still alive and in good
health, and the talent and desire to write. The reasons to praise Him are infinite! At the top of the list is the gift of forgiveness and grace He extends to me daily.
The challenge for me, as I
suppose it is for every Christian, is discerning God’s will as I move forward
into my sixth decade. I want to continue to be the hands of God in this fallen
world, and among Christians, as I strive to encourage those who
read my work. Because, ultimately, in the end, Kingdom work is the only thing
that matters. I pray God continues to equip and guide me.
your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead...there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor
In celebration of my fiftieth
birthday, I’m giving away the Kindle version of both of my books. (Print
versions are also available for purchase.) Simply click on the links below through March 15, 2015, to get your FREE copies. Please share this with your friends. I’d
like to give away as many books as possible to celebrate reaching the
half-century mark of my life. What a glorious thing to be able to say! Praise
be to God!
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Laura Hodges Poole
is a freelance writer with dozens of articles, devotions, and short stories in
publication. She is a 2014 ACFWGenesis semi-finalist and a 2012 RWA Emily finalist in Christian fiction.
Laura is also a non-fiction ghostwriter/collaborator. Her passion is
encouraging others in their Christian walk through her blog, "A Word of Encouragement."