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Not Getting Older, Getting Better

Like a beautiful flower.
I got older, I would often hear my mother say, "I'm not getting older, I'm getting better." If you were around her long enough you were going to eventually hear her say those words too. It got to the point where that phrase was almost like her life's motto. I loved hearing her say them. She was such a faithful woman and she would say those faith-filled words with gusto, humor, and sincerity. They rang true in her life more and more. In a lot of ways she sure did get better, because she wanted to. I loved her even more, because she was willing to do the hard work to be a better person. Her memory will always be of a woman I will continue to strive to emulate. She loved us with all her heart. She loved God too and He ensured her words came true. He made it so she was right. In a sense she didn't get older. 

She got newer.

Her better was her newer and better.

She told us she loved us more. She apologized more. She walked more. She traveled more. She became more forgiving. She was more patient. She praised the Lord more. She went to church more. She tithed more. She just overall loved more. I could see the evidence of all her efforts to get better as she grew newer. It was obvious. 

That's part of the reason why, when we speak positive words over our lives, positive things happen. That's why I saw my mother expressing the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) more than ever before in her life. I so loved, appreciated, and respected her for that. What an awesome model we were shown by her life. I thank God.

I'm sure that's why I saw peace on her as she got better and newer.




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