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new decade

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The door to a new decade has opened for me today. I remember thinking of women who were 70 when I grew up. That is, the few whose ages I knew. They seemed very old to me! And no, I wasn’t one of those kids who thought 40 was the age of someone near the end of her life!

Seventy seemed mature, settled, sensible and grandmotherly. Despite the fact that I am a grandmother, I still feel that I am finding myself…and the GOD who created me…and I fit into His plan for the Kingdom.

I’m still asking a million questions like the little girl who was always tugging her mother’s skirts and asking, “How come…” I’m still the woman in a group who asks, “Why can’t we try…?” or “If this and this are true, why can’t we try…?” or “If x and y aren’t working, why can’t we try…?”

I don’t look like what I thought 70 would be like

I’m so not what I thought 70 would look like. I still don’t really feel settled in our apartment…my fault, but it’s still true. I miss running into people we knew in our early days in Tyler, often kids that went to school with our kids…that are long grown. Or kids from our church that are long grown with kids of their own. I used to enjoy being in the store or mall and having someone walk up to me and say, “You won’t remember me, but I was the kid…” I usually did remember them. That won’t happen here in AL. But we knew about that when we moved here. It is a loss.

Church is becoming a home to me. I see people I know. I don’t always remember their names, but I know them. I wear my nametag all the time, so most of them know my name. I remember many details of their lives even if I can’t always remember their names.

We are slowly settling in. I’m finding my niches here and there. Readjusting since Ron’s stroke and coming more and more to appreciate the grace and mercy of GOD! I find people who haven’t found their spots to serve and trying to help them find where they fit.

I face a new decade with great resources

So, as I face a new decade, I’m in a good position. I have a good GOD, a great church where I can serve and worship and be ministered to. I also live near some of my family and an easy day’s drive from more family. The final part of our family is a flight away. That is children and grandchildren of course.

I don’t know what this decade will bring. I know I won’t be getting any stronger or healthier. I will be moving closer to the time I will join Jesus in heaven. I can bank on that for sure…we all can! But with the time I have left, I can encourage my children and grandchildren to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. That I can do.

I can encourage women in my church and around me to grow in their knowledge of GOD’s Word…in applying the truth of it to their lives, to pray, to grow in the community of believers in Christ in our local church so we can move out in mission around us.

I can volunteer as I am now in my community with Ron. It’s how I’ve gotten to know some of the children in my grandchildren’s school. It’s how we have learned parts of our city we didn’t know before as we help deliver meals for Meals on Wheels.

So I have much to be thankful for at the beginning of my 7th decade. Yes, I have a few aches and pains. Ron’s health isn’t what I would like as he nears the end of his 7th decade. But for the most part, we have more to be thankful for. GOD has given us a life that surpasses anything we could ever have imagined. There have been disappointments and joys, sorrows and delights.

But the opportunity to be part of ministering to His people and encouraging them? Priceless!

What about your life can you be thankful for?

What about GOD has encouraged you and given you hope for the future?

“Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
    all the remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been borne by me from before your birth,
    carried from the womb;
even to your old age I am he,
    and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
    I will carry and will save.

Isaiah 46:3-4