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Fresh and Green

Below is a transcript from a Voxer message I left for my accountability partner last Thursday. For over two years, my friend and I message each other daily about our time with the Lord. What initially began as a simple text message that read “Have you spend time with the Lord today?” has developed into a deeper relationship with the Lord and daily encouragement for each other. On this particular day, I left her a Voxer voice message. Thursday, May 1, 2014 6:48 am “Morning, I know I’m messaging you early, but I’ve got a big day ahead today. I woke up and spent time in Jesus Calling and then I am making my way through the book of Psalms, I’m about half-way through now. Today I focused on Psalms 92. It’s really a Psalms of praise and at the very end, this is the verse that I camped out on:

“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;

planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.

They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,

proclaiming ‘The Lord is upright, he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.'”

Psalms 92: 13-15

The concept I really zoned in on was the righteous flourishing even in their old age, being fruitful and staying fresh and green. Despite what our chronological age might be, but to stay fresh and green even when our skin is wrinkled and even when our hair turns gray. But to stay fresh and green with a spirit that is just renewed and that is evident to those around us. I just started thinking about that this morning. Having a customer service job and working in a predominantly elderly community, I could probably just point out easily the people that I see that are believers walking with the Lord and those that are not. If I had a laser beam, I could probably tag them as they walk into the store. There is this one particular woman who is nearly 70 years old (by the way she has great skin) but she has this radiant glow. She has the glow that Nicki has with Joshua in her engagement picture, I kid you not and she is 70 years old. That’s the image I had when I thought about staying “fresh and green.” I love that concept, that those of us that are walking with Christ are not just fruitful, yeah that’s great to be fruitful, but we are fresh and green. I don’t want to be a grumpy old lady! I don’t want to be a frumpy old lady! I want to be fresh and I want to be green! Even though my hair turns gray, I want to be fresh and green. I realized too that meant that there was something new and different and distinct. Not the same ‘ole same ‘ole. I want to be a woman who has age on me, but still has fresh insights to give to those around me. Whether that is the younger generation or my generation. That is what I am meditating on today, I want to stay fresh and green. Oh, by the way, as I was pondering this (you know I always think about song lyrics, it’s just me) as I was reading this and meditating on it Kermit the Frog came to mind singing “It’s not easy being green.” I started laughing at myself about that! But then again I thought that is so true because it’s not easy being a believer, it’s not easy getting up early and spending time in God’s word. It’s not easy to deny myself and to be disciplined, but it is certainly worth it.” ~April “May you and I be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:12 PS. Voxer is a free App for smart phones. This walkie-talkie type App allows you to leave recorded voice or text messages. I was able replay this message and type out my message for you.

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