Growing Old with Grace

Looking into the Mirror

My heart races, waking me from a sound sleep. Anxiety attempts to overwhelm me. When I look into the mirror, I see the face of a mom and a grandmom.

Age takes it’s toll on my confidence as I remember my youth. And the reality of it all hits me right in the heart.

Will I let the enemy of my soul win? Not today.

Today I will choose to speak truth to my soul. And I’m overwhelmed by God’s peace, calming my fears and offering me His love and forgiveness.

Why do I need to forgive myself? What did I do? Nothing. Age is a natural process.

What can I do to get my mind off of this birthday? Read, write, cook, clean, or pray?

I also choose to reject the negative thoughts piercing my heart and mind. Instead, I will embrace the truth.

I will extend grace to myself. I will remind myself that Lord is with me. And this promise brings peace to my soul.

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV)

As I look in the mirror again, I remember all of the blessings that the Lord has given me over the years. And those memories remind me of the blessings of motherhood—a son, a daughter, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and seven wonderful grandchildren.

And my firstborn just turned 45!

Do you have any tips about growing old gracefully?

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4 thoughts on “Growing Old with Grace

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

  2. I remind myself of some close friends who wanted to have more birthdays but did not. I say I get to celebrate another year with the people I love and ask the Lord, “What do you have for me this year?”