Celebrating fashion, love and life

Greetings readers! Today is such a beautiful day and being able to write for all of you is a pleasure. I have the impression that you appreciate all these words that we offer here in this article. We are holding a fashion show here at our Garland location and the public is welcome. On Thursday, August 18, put on your best outfits and enjoy the day with us! We will celebrate fashion, love and life!

The Harrells Senior site will hold an open house event on August 25 beginning at 10 a.m. and the ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 12 p.m. We encourage the public to participate in a day worthy of celebration! Mr. Gilbert Owens from the Roseboro Senior site wants us all to come out and join in their fun and friendship to celebrate Seniors Day on August 31st from 10am to 2pm. The public is invited to enjoy a day of fun, food and information. Plans are underway for a senior center celebration here at our Garland site in September. The theme of our event is Strengthening Community Bonds. Keep an eye on this article for more details as we continue to plan.

In life, we have the opportunity to have fun and build friendships. Friendships are important. They are a way for all of us to feel accepted and loved by others who may not be blood relatives. It’s good to be friends with family and that’s always encouraged, but sometimes it’s good to have a listening ear that may not be as close as family members. Does it seem strange to you to think of being friends with the God of the universe, especially since we cannot see or touch him physically? It might be helpful for us to think about the qualities that make friendships strong: time, communication, honesty, loyalty. Friendship with God involves these same qualities. We can know the joys of friendship with God if we really want to know him better, listen to him, be faithful to him and love him. How can we demonstrate the qualities of good friendship in our relationship with God?

Romans 5:11—We can enjoy our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends with God.

Simple acts of kindness can have a profound effect on our lives. It’s not hard to show kindness to others, and acts of kindness always seem to perpetuate more kindness from people. One of my favorite sayings is “We lift ourselves up by lifting others up”, and kindness is a way to lift others up spiritually and ourselves in the end. God rewards kindness because it demonstrates unconditional love, the supreme character trait of a Christian. True kindness is not a one-time act but a way of life. We can start being kind in the little things we do and say until we are truly kind in all situations. Kindness is not motivated by reward, but we will be rewarded for our kindness. What small act of kindness can we show someone today? What can we do to show kindness to someone we don’t like or don’t know?

Matthew 10:42 – If you give even one of the least of my disciples a cup of cold water, you will surely be rewarded.

Love is the greatest of all human qualities, and it is an attribute of God himself. Love involves selfless service to others, which is proof that you truly care, whether or not someone cares in return. Faith is the foundation and content of God’s message; hope is attitude and focus; but love is action. Love proves that our faith and our hope are genuine. To whom can we show kindness today?

1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13—Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not require its own means. He is not irritable, and he keeps no record of having been wronged. He does not rejoice in injustice but rejoices when the truth prevails. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through all circumstances…Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love – and the greatest d between them is love.

Joy comes from simple and natural things: the mist on the meadows, the sunlight on the leaves, the path of the moon on the water. In closing, let’s all live, love and laugh without limits! We rise by lifting others!

Marie Faircloth is the director of the Garland Senior Center. The CGC is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be reached by calling 910-529-3931.

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