A funny thing has happened. I've gotten older! I've been busy raising kids, and still am, but somewhere along the way I've gained weight, gotten some grey hair, and some age spots have joined my freckles.
I'm a grandmother of 7 - one of whom is in heaven, one is still in the womb, and five are growing up quickly.
How does this happen?
James 4:14 says - Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
At 56 I can see the truth of that verse in ways I couldn't when I was 26. I think my mother in law at age 98 thinks her life has been just a vapor, too!
We're given a finite amount of time, and only God knows the length of that time. (Psalm 139:16) What I have tried to do for the last 40 years, is to not worry about my future, but to trust it to the ONE who holds it all in His hands. This is not always easy. I'm a planner and a fixer and I like to help God out from time to time. (grin)
I'm trying to stay away from sugar and too many carbohydrates, I'm eating healthy fats. I'm drinking more water. Trying to move more, which is a challenge with a soft tissue issue with my left knee. I try to stretch each day.
I take good care of my skin, I always have, though I don't exfoliate as often as I should. I use Lacura products which I buy at Aldi, but they are available on Amazon.
You can click the source button under the photo for the link.
These are all physical things but I think the most important thing as I age is to keep a cheerful spirit. To keep serving others, and trying to encourage others. It also helps to keep learning, and to spend time with people who are doing the same things.
That's the main reason I keep blogging and reading blogs. You all are so interesting and I learn from you every week. We discuss ideas, recipes, projects, family, life. It keeps my brain young!
When I started blogging 13 years ago, Kyle wasn't two years old yet, and all my children still lived at home. By September this year, Kyle will be 15 and the only kid living at home full time!
These last 13 years have been packed full of life, but they've flown by, and those years are gone like a vapor. Here one moment, and then it has dissipated.
In the Fellowship of the Ring, a conversation takes place between Frodo and Gandalf -
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
J.R.R. Tolkien – The Fellowship of The Ring
I've loved this quote for many years because the truth of it reasonates with me. I do not know why things happen, or why I was born in these days, but God does, and truly all I have to do is decide what I am going to do with the time that God has given to me.
I'm a firm believer that He has created each one of us for His purposes, and has placed us in exactly the time period He wants us to be in the history of the world.
I put both photos in this post, because they are both me. This bottom one is grainier - taken in much lower light in the house verses the one taken in the van. My hair is longer in this second photo, too. (I'm getting it cut tomorrow)
However I look when you see me, I hope that you see a woman walking in grace, and extending grace to others. I want you to see an encourager, a kind woman, a friend. Not because I'm so wonderful, but because God has been graciously changing my life over the last 40 years.
I hope you see Him, when you see me. If that happens then I'll be aging with grace, and what better way to age?