Those middle years, former procrastinators, were stretching. A husband gone several days a week, homeschooling, helping care for parents in another state, children stretching their wings. Joys and challenges.
During those years each area was intensely demanding. And God was intensely faithful. Looking back, I see increased dependence on Him, much evidence of His protection, and provision that surprised.
Homeschooling was a staff in my hand that helped me develop and use skills. Traveling to parents opened doors of conversation I’d never have had otherwise. Growing children deepened my prayer life and helped me pray for others.
The middle road is a hard climb because there are many large expectations at once. Say “yes” to what God asks of you, and release the rest. That will enable you to use the staff in your hand more effectively. Actually, that’s for all of us.
So is gratitude along the way. Happy Thanksgiving! While celebrating this year, rejoice in the season of life you are in. It will open your eyes to new joys and opportunities. So many things to be thankful for! This abbreviated list, comes to you from a full heart. This year I’m extra grateful for
- our precious little granddaughter who is The Most Wonderful Baby Girl in the World! We enjoy her immensely.
- her parents who amaze us with their new skills and insights
- our son and his wife who are moving nearby!
- the joy of sharing life together under the same roof until their house is available. It’s great!
- developing deeper relationships with new friends
- learning from our spiritual mentors and maintaining old friendships
- Carol, my husband, and the folks who keep this website going
- You ladies who are the whole reason for sharing what I learn as we grow together into greater biblical diligence. We’rng what needs doing when it needs doing. I think of you so much and wish I could be with each of you in person. You help me live life saying “yes” to God.
What about your stage of life are you grateful for?