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SNOOPY'S LESSON
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 by Leona Choy

I need this post desperately myself. I guess I'm having some kind of mid-life crisis in my mid-nineties. Here's my problem: I'm not doing so well reconciling the fact that I have limitations because of the normal aging process and other declining bodily conditions. I can't do the things I used to do or be out and about active as I had been all my life.

Yeah, yeah, I know I'm not the only one; many of my viewers are in the same situation. None of us have had a chance to rehearse for navigating the blessing of longevity. We have to learn to live the challenges as we go along. In a sense, it is similar to going through grief from other kinds of loss. We are losing abilities at which we've been previously proficient and are grieving the loss of opportunities that result.

I've found that an antidote to my own despair or discouragement or struggle is to intentionally encourage others who are going through their own trials. And in the process, I've discovered just how much I need encouragement from others myself in order to thrive and stay uplifted and fruitful. If that is in short supply, I must do what the Psalm writer King David did when there was no one around to lift him up. “He encouraged himself in the Lord.”

I find “self-talk” profitable and biblical. David scolded himself in Psalm 42:5 “Why are you down in the dumps, my soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix your eyes on God— soon you'll be praising again....” Praising is better than whining or complaining.

Even Snoopy dog has something wise to teach me in the cartoon above. His advice is timely for me. The active years seemed to fly by and I have become a nonagenarian. There's no other recourse than to seriously begin pacing myself. I need to, albeit reluctantly, cut back on my activities and especially my expectations of myself. Not to regress but simply cut back. And not to moan about it.

I express it through the fingers of both hands: On one hand, I use my five fingers for five words to remind myself: “I can't do this or that anymore.” And on my other hand, those five fingers contradict the other hand by declaring: “But I can still do this!” I have two lists of things that both of my “speaking” fingers represent. But it takes both hands together to applaud whatever the Lord ordains for my life journey. Therein is contentment. Therein is peace.

It's okay. I accept that I can't do certain things anymore. I also accept that there is much, sometimes of a different nature, that I can still do to please God and accomplish His purpose for my life while I'm in these latter calendar-challenged years. That's the natural way God planned for the progressing seasons of life. The Lord knows what He is doing and it is always good.

I've had my prime seasons when I felt invincible and the world was at my disposal, the sky was the limit, and my energy to serve the Lord was boundless. There seemed to be nothing that I couldn't do. When that has to be scaled down now, it doesn't diminish my worth to God or affect His love for me, His pleasure in me, or His overall plan for my life. I am still in the Lord’s Plan “A”.

I have a lot to learn yet. So did the Apostle Paul. He was always learning to live through the contrasts and go with the flow of life, whatever God was taking him through. He always seemed to be hitting speed bumps to slow him down or redirect his zeal. He said he had to learn to be content whether he was in a lean season or an abundant one; whether he was lauded and applauded, or persecuted and beaten; whether he was young and zealous, or experiencing the weariness and weakness of aging; whether he was welcomed or rejected; mobbed by crowds or suffering the loneliness of imprisonment; doing the teaching himself, or discipling younger followers to carry the torch after him.

“To everything, there is a season” and as the seasons of nature are different from one another, so are the seasons of my life. To accept that is contentment and satisfaction.

Self-talk again: “O my soul, pay attention! As the years go by, you need the grace of contentment in large doses. Quit whining about your losses and celebrate the precious remaining opportunities God is still abundantly offering you!” Psalm 103:5 is my guidepost: “He keeps satisfying you [me] with good things, and He keeps renewing your [my] youth like the eagle’s.”


Comments

Carole McKinney From At 5/28/2022 8:35:20 PM

Oh dear Leona. Once again you speak to me. While I was able to return to most of my former activities after heart surgery, I have to do things at a much slower pace. I ,too, am having to relearn patients and be grateful for God's new blessings daily. Strength for tomorrow with 10,000 behind!!

Reply by: Leona Choy

I feel as if I live daily at only a quarter tank of energy. Living in the latter nineties is no picnic in the park. Nevertheless I am 100% blessed with the Lord's goodness and mercy, yes, even to my cup overflowing. When I am weak, then the Lord's strength becomes operative in my life and His grace is sufficient.

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio From Greater Philadelphia At 5/25/2022 10:58:23 AM

Excellent advice at any age. Thank you, dear Leona.

Reply by: Leona Choy

You are in my prayers for the changes in your life these days. "God giveth more grace when the burdens grow heavy. He giveth and giveth and giveth again.

Christina L Tupper From Select At 5/21/2022 8:32:19 PM

Thank you for Snoopy's Lesson, Leona. It was a lovely, encouraging message and it touched and lightened my heart and soul. I think of you often and keep you in my prayers as I review my prayer journal in the evenings. Love, Chris

Reply by: Leona Choy

Chris, my friend unmet yet, but we are bonded in Christ. Thank you for your evening prayers for me. Thank you Bill Pearce and NIGHT SOUNDS for bringing us together for mutual encouragement.

Donna From Winchester At 5/18/2022 4:51:18 PM

Bravo - clapping my hands together for you, today, dear Leona - and also for me. Thank you for this wonderful word God gave you to share! Love you dearly and praying for you always, MB

Reply by: Leona Choy

Madame Butterfly, may the Lord give you added grace and strength for each challenge or trial He allows in your life. And joy with your family in this precious time you have together.

Rhea Tantlinger From Sharps Chapel TN At 5/18/2022 10:27:15 AM

Oh Leona, how I Love you. God bless you Dear friend ?? ? Rhea

Reply by: Leona Choy

Whether in TN or in VA,you are safe in the arms of Jesus. When you face decisions, I pray that God will give you wisdom to make the right ones according to His will. I hope we'll see each other soon again.

Mary vento From Palm City Florida At 5/18/2022 8:14:50 AM

Dear Leona, Thank you so much for your beautiful words. I wake up everyday and love to see if you have written another message. You are such a blessing to me and so many others. Blessings for a beautiful day!!! Love in the Lord, Mary

Reply by: Leona Choy

My Palm City friend...we are bonded in Christ and bless each other by prayers for each other. Be continually aware of the generous, unexpected blessings that the Lord drops into your ordinary days. They are like shining jewels of His love for you.

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HO-HUM FAITH
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PURSUING WISDOM
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A THORNY MATTER
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A SOMEWHAT GRUMPY CHAT WITH GOD
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A FISH STORY
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LET'S EAT NOODLES TOGETHER!
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STILL RUNNING
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RESISTANCE TO ASSISTANCE
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CHALLENGE OF THE FOURTH QUARTER
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KEEPING A TRADITION
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PUBLISHING FUND PROGRESS
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"GOING STEADY" WITH MY "SUGAR CANE"
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A SHOUT-OUT FOR A NEW BUTTERFLY
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10/31/2018

THANKSGIVING IN OCTOBER
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REPEAT OFFENDERS
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9/30/2018

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9/21/2018

I DESERVE IT...DESERVE IT NOT....
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9/13/2018

WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Leona Choy
9/10/2018

WAITING FOR GOD'S DUE TIME
Leona Choy
9/3/2018

STONES AND COVERUPS AND HOLY EARS
Leona Choy
8/31/2018

IT'S ALL ABOUT SHOES
Leona Choy
8/29/2018

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MY CELL TOWER
Leona Choy
8/27/2018

REJUVENATION GOD'S WAY
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8/17/2018

STUCK IN THE MUD?
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8/13/2018

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR
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8/8/2018

WHEN'S A GOOD TIME TO "EXULT"?
Leona Choy
7/30/2018

Survey For the Calendar-Challenged
Leona Choy
7/25/2018

Destiny Decisions
Leona Choy
7/19/2018

BEDROOM SLIPPERS OR HIKING BOOTS?
Leona Choy
7/18/2018

Hurrah for the Prepper Bridesmaids!
Leona Choy
7/13/2018

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?
Leona Choy
7/10/2018

BARNACLES
Leona Choy
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