Getting Older

jan on bike age 8 Jan on Bike Vacation

Getting older is very interesting. It happens so much quicker than you can even imagine. I know it has for me. It seems like the years are going by faster and faster. We celebrate Christmas and it feels like six months later we celebrate it again.

Getting older means God has granted me a longer life on this earth. For that, I am grateful. Getting older also means my body is changing and I find myself dealing with a lot more pain. Not only more pain, but less memory. Could it be that I am actually at that “going through the change” stage of my life? I think I am. I’m struggling with keeping my focus. That’s not fun. My sweetheart will be talking to me and the next thing I know he’s saying, “Baby, I was talking to you.” I will have walked off or started talking to someone else. I spoke with him about this the other night as we were enjoying sitting together on our lanai. I wanted him to know that I’m not doing this on purpose. He said he’s been noticing I’m not only doing this to him but to others. Wow, I don’t like this part of getting older. But the good news is, this too shall pass. (At least I sure hope so.)

Getting older has definite frustrations, but it has its perks too. Like with age comes more wisdom. I pray often for God to grant me more wisdom. I have many people that ask me for advice. I want to give them godly wisdom and council. Of course the older I get, the more I realize most people will figure out what they need to know if I will just listen.

 One of my favorite things to do is pre-marital counseling. My husband and I do this as a team. It’s so much fun being able to speak into young lives that are approaching marriage. Of course they see us as ancient because we’ve been married for 34 years. However, I believe they see how happily married we are and want to know our secrets. I will share some of those secrets in a future blog.

With age comes more work on keeping my hair it’s “natural” bright red. It takes a lot more work these days to look presentable. But with the help of henna and make up, I do alright.

With age also comes more discounts. I’m all about saving money so this will definitely be a plus.

With age comes a little more freedom. No kids at home means I can travel whenever I choose too. I love missions trips and God seems to be opening more opportunities for these in my near future.

With age comes more times of saying goodbye to loved ones. The good news is, many of them I will see again. I look forward to going to Heaven. It will be here sooner than I can imagine. Life is short. Take time to smell the roses. Take time to enjoy your family. Take time to grow in your relationship with Jesus. I promise you it will be worth it. Eternity will last forever and ever and it’s a land where we will never grow old. There will be no more pain, no more sorrow, and no more worries about calories. It will be an amazing life ever after!

John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” This means Jesus came so that through Him we can have an abundantly blessed life. Not a perfect life, but a blessed life. I am so thankful for my relationship with Jesus. I am living a blessed life. Are you?

Published by thegingeroptimist

My name is Jan McIntyre, also known as The Ginger Optimist. I love Jesus, cooking, baking, making my own DIY products, photography, makeup, bargain shopping and encouraging others.

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