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Monday, July 25, 2011

Getting Older


One of the things I suppose I like about getting older,
is that I have made so many mistakes, but because of those
mistakes I am who I am and I see how many times God
has taken those mistakes and made them into blessings.

I sort of took that Romans 8:28 as my mantra, knowing that
no matter what, God could use it for good. I would get on my knees
and beg God to take it and turn things around for His glory.


One thing about being older, I have come to trust Him deeper than
in my 20s or 30s or 40s. I think when the economy took a nose dive,
and my way of life changed. Then at 50 my husband left his job to go
into a new field, and overnight I had to fall back on those lessons God
has taught me in my 20s about trust, and faith and keeping so close
so that fear would not keep me from living life.

I have had to work harder and I have learned how much fun it is to wait
for something I wanted rather than getting it when I wanted it. It has opened
my eyes to so many possibilities that I wouldn't have noticed.

Like being so happy that I have chickens, or that I have a garden or that
now I only buy a pair of shoes when the other ones are showing wear.

I read this today, " To be afraid of what happens today or what may
happen tomorrow is not only an awful waste of energy, it is not only useless,
it is disobedient. We are forbidden to fear anything but the Lord Himself."

(A lamp for My Feet, p.54)

"Do not see what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an
anxious mind."
(Luke 12:29)

Of all of the things I have come to have peace about is that so often,
my plans that I have schemed, manipulated, and tried to work out in
my own strength, comes to nothing, but with age, I have learned to
lay my plans down and let God be God and accept His will and
every time, I am so much more happier with the way He opens doors.

I have come to realize at this age, that He always does things with such
grace. One of the things I have come to trust is His "No's"


Now today is my day to start washing windows. So I better get off
this computer and get on the ladder.
Have a great Monday.
~Kim~

21 comments:

  1. Great post...be careful on that ladder! :-) I'm cleaning woodwork today. No ladders...on my knees instead!

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  2. Thanks! Just what I needed this morning!

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  3. older, wiser and more patient... and hopefully more peaceful too. :)

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  4. Be careful on the ladder, Kim. I like your words. I've heard it said that with age comes the desire to descend instead of ascend. I like that. Surrender. I want to.

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  5. You are so right on, Kim.
    It is often the trials in my life were I have learned the most and really reaped a unexpected blessing from it.
    I'm finding as I get older I care less for the stuff. It almost feels like a burden I need to unload. I actually am more thrilled with a 25 cent find I pick up at the Salvation Army than I ever was when I spent big money on items in the past.
    Well I could ramble on and on. Your post are often thought provoking and I tend to get carried away. I'd better leave room for someone else to comment though.
    Have fun with those windows. Newspaper is my favorite towel-no strieks that way!

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  6. Those life lessons are hard enough- I can't imagine not believing in a higher power for strength, comfort, answers...

    Why did you have to mention cleaning windows? Now I have to put that on my already full list. LOL

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  7. Perfect post for my day. I spent a bit of time this morning scratching my head at some of the things that go on at work. Sometimes I just don't understand but am old enough (and hopefully wise enough) to just let it go.

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  8. That's funny, you and I came to the same conclusion about things this weekend. I've resolved to just leave things in God's hands and not worry about it. I don't have the energy to worry about big giant things anyway. Just making dinner every night is the biggest thing I can manage.

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  9. Oh I often think life is backwards! If we could only know what we know now....way back at the beginning:)
    Good verses!

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  10. Be careful on the ladder! Love this post! I've been thinking a lot about getting older lately. Love your perspective on it! Thank you Kim.

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  11. God has given you lots of wisdom Kim. Isn't it interesting that many things we've learned along the way are being asked of us during this time of life. Trusting God always seems to be at the heart of it. AS IF He would ever fail us? And yet, it's a daily trusting as we go...

    This is such a good post, kind of right where I am too.

    xo

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  12. As ever, your thoughts help me deal with my own misgivings around trust and patience. It is hard to let go of controlling everything, but in the end, it's not for us to "make it happen", but to let it happen in it's own time. I think about that with my new job and how many hoops I'll now need to jump through, but I do believe that God sent me down this path for a reason...a good one...and He'll help me jump the hurdles.
    Your blog is like a meditation site for me! Thanks for sharing such great stuff.
    Hugs,
    Courtney

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  13. Very early in life I learned the difference between a "want and a need", as I have gotten older I no longer "sweat" the small stuff, it makes life that much more enjoyable. Hope you are enjoying the day, Julie.

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  14. Great post...I too am enjoying the wisdom that comes with age...and from experiences! I wouldn't be making it now if the foundation in earlier years wasn't built so strong to withstand the storms...seeing Him through and in the storms is a true blessing.

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  15. I like Romans 8:28, I preach it to myself quite often. The storms of life are difficult while we are going through them, but I do believe they can be faith building as we wait to see what God will do. Helps build your foundation for the next time (and in this world there will always be a next time.) Gret post, be careful on that ladder.

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  16. Dear Kim... I'm just sure you are having a particular lovely evening since you're looking out (or in) through squeaky clean windows!

    I often think about people who face the failures and the trials of this life without the Lord. The world would indeed seem a fearful place. I am so thankful that as you said, "we should fear nothing except God." I don't want to be found disobedient.

    Blessings, Debbie

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  17. That post sounded.... peaceful. I like it. A lot :)

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  18. we don't get older kim.....we get better!! life is good!! your photo's today are so pretty!!!

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  19. It seems like there are quite a few of us that can so identify with this post. Sometimes I wish I could go back and do things differently if for no other reason than I wouldn't spend even half time worrying about the things I did, that just didn't matter. Age and wisdom are good friends for sure. My windows could stand a good washing too. Have a good day! HUGS

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  20. nooooooooooo! you're right, i just don't yield
    as well yet.

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  21. Lovely, lovely post. I love how, with age, comes wisdom -- especially the closer we walk with our Lord. Sigh. He is so good :)

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