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Second Half of Life

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*How is our marriage different today than the first few years of our marriage?
Are there areas where we feel more free? What about less free / more constrained?
The author’s kids are gone, and they go off in the RV and live the care free life for a while. They feel really free. Then her mother in law gets sick, and they need to really invest in that situation. Some bitterness and resentment starts to kick in.
P. 13 Real concern. Were we expected to do this forever?
*How are our parents doing? Do they need / are they going to need care? What concerns do we have about them?
*Will this impact our freedom?
Paul talks about all his hardships, his thorn in the flesh, etc.
Matthew 5:45 NIV
that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
2 Corinthians 12:9–10 NIV
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

God told him God’s power was made perfect in weakness.
God told him God’s power was made perfect in weakness.
Matthew 5:45 NIV
that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
*Why is that?
Paul says for Christ’s sake he “delights” in things we normally don’t delight in: weakness, insult, hardship, persecutions, difficulties.
I know often when I feel weak, I just feel weak!
*Is there something going on right now in our lives that we can find delight in that we normally wouldn’t think is something very delightful?
*How might that change our outlook? Rely on God’s grace and not on our own strength.
Jars of Clay, “Frail”
If I was not so weak, if I was not so cold, if I was not so scared of being broken, growing old. I would be frail.
Matthew 5:45 NIV
that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Matt 5:45
Matthew 5:45 NIV
that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

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