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Depending on your lifestyle and other health conditions, aging will eventually bring on diminished vigor and health. For some, it comes sooner rather than later, but eventually, it comes. Well, unless we die young of course.

At any rate, as the years tick by, we suddenly realize we don’t have the energy to do the things we were once able to do without effort. Unless we have a specific, acute, illness, it tends to catch up with us very slowly.

Then suddenly, we realize we just don’t have the energy or good health we once did and it may be gone forever. Of course, over a lifetime, we have had illnesses. But we got better each time. Now, we aren’t getting better. Our energy is no longer as high as it once was. We become keenly aware of our weakness too. Sometimes, our balance is off and we have trouble with falling. Our health or that of our loved one is no longer good. It is failing and either we or our loved one, needs assistance to get through each day.

As a result, it is easy to get depressed and we feel weaker and have less energy. Along the way, if our spouse is still alive, their health may be poor and we may be caring for them–further sapping our energy and vigor.

There are lots of places to find out how to care for yourself physically.

There are places to go to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle in terms of what you eat and the exercise plan you use to maintain your physical strength. If you need to start making those changes, don’t try to make them all at once. Make the eating and exercise changes a few at a time so they will last and you won’t get overwhelmed with all the changes.

Here are some truths to give you hope for your mental and spiritual encouragement as well.

“Listen to me…
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 ESV

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect
in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

II Corinthians 12:9 ESV

Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”

Isaiah 35:3-4 ESV