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Christmas 2022
Christmas 2022

I remember Christmas at 7. As I climbed the steep steps to the very cold attic, I hoped my tears would not freeze. At the top of the steps, I looked up at the beams in the pitched roof of the house in Zeist, Netherlands. I shivered when I turned left and walked into...

Gratitude
Gratitude

  What does Gratitude mean to you? Do you have any? And what does it mean anyway? Is gratitude simply a synonym for “thankful”? We have all sat around the dinner table and shared whatwe are thankful for. A turkey with stuffing, return of health, a key...

Thankfulness
Thankfulness

 You’re ‘Wired’ to Be Thankful. Choose An Attitude of Gratitude! By Bruce Bruinsma According to researchers at the University of California, Davis, we’re actually “wired” to become more grateful as we grow older. That’s because the part of the brain active in emotions...

Queen Elizabeth II: Reflections on Longevity
Queen Elizabeth II: Reflections on Longevity

I was 11 when Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom. I remember watching the Coronation and realizing that she was young and inexperienced. Did I understand what that meant? No, but I did realize that she needed to grow into her responsibility and that I...

Every Student Sent
Every Student Sent

Whether retired, semi-retired, or on your way, as a member of the Retirement Reformation movement, you know that this season of your life can bring your greatest impact for the Kingdom of God. We’d like to introduce you to a way you can have a tremendous impact on...

Actively Aging – Embracing What’s Next
Actively Aging – Embracing What’s Next

We’ve recently started using the term Actively Aging in the Retirement Reformation community. At a basic level, we all know that that means, “Get off the couch and do something, anything.” Upon further reflection, there is a lot more to it. I’m beginning to understand...

How to Pray For Your Grandchildren Returning to School
How to Pray For Your Grandchildren Returning to School

How to Pray for your Grandchildren Returning to SchoolBy Elliott Innes As your grandchildren return to school, you may be wondering how you can pray for them. Here are a few ideas to get you started! Praying for your grandchildren is a great way to show them that you...

Work After 60
Work After 60

Your work life after 60 is a multifaceted one. You may think that you've reached an age where most people don't get up in the morning and head to their 9 to 5, but the truth is that there are many benefits to continuing to work past your sixtieth birthday. Retirement...

Loneliness in Retirement
Loneliness in Retirement

Loneliness is one of the most common problems that Christian retirees face. It is also one of the most difficult to deal with. As a Christian, you know what it means to feel lonely because it's mentioned in the Bible: "Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely...

5 Mistakes Adult Children of Retirees Make
5 Mistakes Adult Children of Retirees Make

If you're an adult child of a retiree, you might feel some anxiety as your parent heads toward their golden years. You may even be wondering if your parent will be able to manage their finances and stay on track with their retirement plans. And while there's no way of...

Past Our Prime
Past Our Prime

At what age should we prohibit people from being able to work? When should we start disregarding their wisdom? How do we determine the point at which their experience is no longer necessary? Former United States Congressman Joe Cunningham declares to know the answer...

A Father’s Day Message
A Father’s Day Message

Our parenting roles don’t get easier. Our culture, economy, longevity, and living complexities make it increasingly difficult to define the role of father, acknowledge the role of father, or consistently fill fatherly shoes. The father’s role evolves from the moment...

A Christian Perspective on Technology and Culture
A Christian Perspective on Technology and Culture

My faith journey was impacted by connecting with Solomon's words of wisdom in what we call the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes. Writing at the end of his life, he concluded that being in awe of God and giving Him all glory is the chief end of man. We were created in His...

New Year’s Message for The Retirement Reformation
New Year’s Message for The Retirement Reformation

Early this Christmas morning the moon lit up the Sangre de Cristo mountains in Southern Colorado.  It was 3 AM Christmas morning and the "Blood of Christ" mountain range was peaceful, quiet, and almost as if it was waiting for a choir of angels to bring a message...

My Times are in Your Hands
My Times are in Your Hands

“Don’t worry, I’ve got it.” “Don’t you know, I’ve got it under control?” “I’m afraid and don’t know what to do!” “If I knew what to do, I’d do it.”  From confidence and control to fear and doubt, we reflect where we are emotionally and practically. Unfortunately,...

The Message of the Waffle House
The Message of the Waffle House

As I’ve traveled around the country, particularly in the South, I’m often late to town and hungry. When I’m by myself, so Judy does not know, I search out a Waffle House to calm the stress, enjoy the carbs, and go to bed happy.   Our Executive Pastor sent our...

…And then I cried
…And then I cried

First comes the lump in my throat, then a little shortness of breath and then a tear starts and trickles down my cheek. I wipe it away with the back of my hand finding myself just a little breathless. I take in a big breath, let it out slowly, and I’m only left with...