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  1. I am a farther along into middle age than you Bonnie and just loved this post. The analogy is beautiful.
    I have actually reached the point where I am relaxing into this aging “thing” because there really is nothing I can do to turn back the years (and I wouldn’t want to – this is a lovely season of life) – but the Father is always up to something on the inside where, after all, it really matters.

  2. I agree with Linda. Barbara your analogy was wonderful. With age comes a dependance on God that I didn’t have in my youth. I recognize the fragility of life and the incredible miracles that surround us each day. I strive to be authentic in my prayer life so that God may use me as He desires, not the other way around.
    Blessings Barbara!

  3. Oh Bonnie, you hit home…… First of all, YES! I try to cover and hide as much as possible in that bathing suit (smile). I also try to hide some very big parts of my spirit and soul… the inside me..from God-It’s not really hidden from him- and from my closest friends. Thank you for your words today.

  4. YES – what an ideal analogy. I needed to hear this. We want to hide our spiritual faults SO much – but we will never grow more like Him unless we admit where our growth needs to be.

  5. Wow! I really was touched by your comment that “But the best part of being out of shape spiritually is the workout plan God offers us. Let Me do all the work—all you need to do is bare all and surrender all. What a glorious deal. ” This really touched me. Surrendering is so tough but comes with such blessed rewards. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. I can relate to this article so much. Thank you for sharing with us. Oh, and I graduated from high school a year early in order to marry my high school sweetheart. We will be married 29 years in October, so I think we must be close to the same age. Glad to meet you.

  7. Thanks– I just loved this, and love this site- looking forward to more opportunities for encouragement.
    For now, lol, I’m just not admitting I ‘need’ this one! lol- Thanks, really- Laura

  8. I’m only 34, but I hate shopping for a bathing suit. I only wear one once a year, and my bottoms are always men’s swim trunks. Short of wearing a wet suit, they’re the only thing that covers me to my satisfaction. 🙂
    Thanks so much for your post! You stirred a rousing, “Amen” in me on so many levels.