I don't know what season I am in exactly but I suppose it is the Autumn of my life. I intend to have a very long Autumn season, if you get my meaning!
A lesson I have learned from my mother in law is to Praise Him regardless of the circumstances of your life. I believe this view and her love of serving others have given her a long life well lived. She has travelled the world, both as a missionary and as the wife of a retired career Air Force man. But the thing that has given her the most joy in her life besides seeing her family walk with the Lord, is her life focused on others. This is not something that she even is conscience of, it is just a part of the very fiber of her being.
I want to be this kind of person. So I serve my family, reach out to others, love on our church family. In return I have been so blessed that I find myself full of Joy.
In the Autumn of our lives it is so important to live life with purpose! We must make deliberate choices for what we will focus on, what we will allow to consume our days.
All of us have struggles, some are harder to deal with than others. Some of you live in chronic pain, like my sister in law does. Yet, she still helps out with watching one of her grandsons, and spends time with the other two. She makes gifts of her beautiful stitcheries, and blesses other people through giving these gifts. She decided to focus on what she could do, rather than what she can't do.
This is how we can learn to LOVE our life right where we are! This is so important! To be content with what we have been given, is a great gift. I think that in the years to come, this will be a valuable lesson that so many of you will be able to pass on to your loved ones, as we go through hard times. I was so delighted to see that so many of you are happy and content with your season of life!
Tomorrow, we'll talk about learning to love our lives even in the difficult seasons. I'm enjoying this series, I hope you are too!
The birthday girl in Scotland in August.