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  • Betty A. Burnett

Living on Borrowed Time?

Another Year’s Journey Day 3

·       What a journey it has been, but through all the difficult times, we’re still here, because God kept us, by His grace and mercy.


·       As we prepare to move on to another year of the unknown, let’s be thankful for how God had His loving arms wrapped around us all the other years. Regardless of what we went through in 2023, He kept us.

These are some things that we should remember when it comes to our lives.

Our days are numbered. So, teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12). The children of Israel had disobeyed God, and the number of their years were shortened.

This my takeaway – Regardless of sickness, and our bodies being wracked with pain, it ain’t over until God says it’s over. The doctor can diagnose and even predict how long a person will be alive. That’s all good in a sense because God gave them the knowledge, but their knowledge is limited.

·       It’s like meteorologists and how they predict the weather; many times, they are on point, and other times they miss it. That’s because they are limited as human beings.


·       Our lives are in His hands, despite what invades or attacks our bodies, until God says so, we are not going anywhere. However, there is a condition. Our longevity depends upon us, when it comes to the way parents and the elderly are treated.

·       I can’t see for the life of me why so many younger people disrespect (disobey) their parents and the elderly. It is a dangerous thing to disrespect them. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth. I feel that this scripture is appropriate, one goes with the other. And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:1-2).

Also, Show respect to the elderly, and honor older people. In this way you show respect for your God. I am the LORD (Leviticus 19:32). I remember back in the day, how the young people would almost jump to open a door for the elderly. If they needed a seat, the young would get up and offer them their seat. That ain’t a happening thing for most people today. One of my friends who lives in the north made sure her grandsons would say “Yes Maam” to me. That’s respect! The reason I said what was said about my friend in the north, is because southerners are known to be more laid back, hospitable, and respectful.

Back to long life- the Lord has the last say, and if we do what is right by God, our days will be long upon the earth. If you want the greater blessings from God in 2024, tell somebody that God loves them and share the Word of God with them. Share your testimonials of God’s goodness and between these two directives, it leads others to repentance (Romans 2:4).

·       God gives a fruitful life and a lengthy days; let’s purpose in our hearts to fulfill our lives being obedient to Him. 2023 has been an awesome journey of testimonies as to how He kept me by His grace. Can you say the same thing?

               Blessings ~ Betty A. Burnett

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