Sunday, 7 June 2015

Improving with age... My goal anyway!

Anyone who knows me well knows that I always state that I want to improve with age, knowing full well I will never be like my younger self or anyone else I aspired to in my younger days!

A few years ago, shortly after starting blogging I gave up the whole "new year's resolutions" thing and decided on a scripture for each year.  Something that I felt would be more God-centred, for one thing, but also less goal orientated and more life-changing orientated.  I have enjoyed doing this.  And to this new thing, I added, as many bloggers do, a "word" specific to me and my potential growth for that year.  I have enjoyed that too.  It makes you think more deeply about where you are and where you want to be in the next 12 months.

I am finding that like my medical aid Vitality age status says, based on the info I submitted, I feel years older physically than I actually am!  I no likey!!!!

I want to change THAT!  I want to improve with age so that in 10 years time, God willing, I will at least feel my age, and not 8-10 years older than I actually am!

So I am trying to tackle things differently.  I am giving up bad things, one at a time!  For example, things with aspartame in it, coke lite, diet type foods and drinks etc.  I definitely find when I drink coke lite I cannot remember words in general conversation!  NOT GOOD!  So, after googling the side-effects of all that stuff, I determined I would give it up.  Keep in mind my "drink" is coke lite!  I don't really like anything else.  Next is sugar!  OH MY WORD!  What a difficulty this is for me.  In general, other than hidden sugars (in just about everything) I only have sugar in my tea!  And although I don't drink tons of tea, I certainly enjoy it.  Each tea is an event in my day where I stop, inhale and exhale!  Now to do that on a different taste, its HARD!

My next biggest challenge is my memory!  Like many women my age I walk into a room and when I get there I wonder what on earth I am there for (sigh)!  Also this whole forgetting words thing works on my nerves.  I sound like an idiot!  I decided to improve my memory by doing something I have NEVER been good at, memory verses.  Yes, I am training myself to remember verses and my goal is to add weekly to the list of verses I memorise and my goal in this is to firstly practice memory skills and secondly, why not remember that which is most important to us mere mortals, the Word, God's Word!

I can say that after about 3 weeks I have accrued quite a few memory verses and I am currently working on remembering the whole 1 Corinth 13 v 4-7 love scriptures.  Now I do know these as a general jumble.  But I want to know them properly, in my memory and in my heart!  And my favourite translation is the Amplified so the verses are sometimes a bit flowery but I want that in order to give the old brain a kick in the butt!

I end my post today with one of my memory verses:

Prov 16v3:  Roll your works upon the Lord, commit and trust them wholly to Him, and He will cause your thoughts to come into agreement with His will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed.  (I just checked, I got it right, woohoo!)

I like what Joyce Meyers always says, "I'm not where I want to be, but I'm not where I used to be!"

God bless my friends

With each post I do this year I am going to end off with #wisdom. This will be where I try to understand the wisdom of what the Lord is teaching here.

#wisdom What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

I think the Lord is teaching me to change things slowly but surely!  But also properly, you know, turn each and every little thing over to Him and let Him do with it what He wants to.  His heart for us is to have peace and success and by rolling everything upon Him, our plans will be established and if its not in His plan for us, He lines our thoughts up with His will, so that His plan for us, becomes our plan for ourselves too.


  1. Awesome Tracy! You are an example to me...a good one! You have always encouraged me since we began blogging about the same time. Keep up the good work my friend. I am proud of you!

    Blessings Chelle

    1. Hi Chelle, you inspire me too my friend. You are one of the few who has touched my heart and helped me grow with your words of encouragement and honesty. God bless

  2. Oh, this is so wonderful! I LOVE that verse you just shared...I have heard it before, but I don't think it ever spoke to me like it just did. God has been working on me in so many different areas...those He loves, he chastens. The chastening is not pleasant, for the moment, but I am learning and gleaning so many spiritual nuggets from makes the trials worthwhile. Thank you for sharing what God places on your heart here, Tracy. It seems that so often your words correlate with things God is showing me. You are such a blessing!

  3. Love the inspiration here!! I just turned 61 not too long ago. (I know - I can't believe it either!) And there are days when I feel a lot older than that. But, good health doesn't happen just by wishing for it. I need to get working on some bad habits...

    Thanks for reminding me of that.


    (And don't get me started on *senior moments*...)

  4. At having reached the mature age of 62 and realising that there are more years behind me than in front of me, it dawned on me I need to get cracking if I want to become the 'better' me I am meant to be. My time to improve is diminishing faster than my improvements are increasing. I love this Blog and it's helpful hints, tips and suggestions. Timely, wouldn't you say? ;-) Thanks Tracey- you are a blessing!



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