Monday, March 3, 2014

Random Monday Thoughts

This photo was taken yesterday, the temperatures were spring like and the daffodils were beginning to bloom. We went to the Gardens after church for a little walk....we knew what was on the way. You know the saying, if you don't like the weather wait a minute it will change...that's how it rolls around here. Today the temperatures have dropped 45 degrees and it's been sleeting/snowing most of the day (hopefully the snow/ice will provide a protective little blanket for those newly opened flowers)

I have celebrated another birthday, and am a year closer to ending yet another decade. I am trying to figure out how I feel about that...getting older that is. There IS a lot that I like about this age, I love being a grandparent and I enjoy having an empty nest again. (raising sons was fun too) I like being one of  the "older" woman in my group of friends, and the opportunity it gives me to mentor younger woman. Mentoring is a wonderful thing and I would encourage you to befriend a woman who is in a season or two younger than you and encourage them in their journey. I am liking this season of change I have been in, I am beginning to find a new rhythm, my days as a homemaker are full and it's been a good thing.

The things that are more challenging about this age are mostly physical. After a full day of grandchildren I am just as tired as they are. I nap when they do. 
I used to be able to dig out new flower beds, now I just spray the outline where I want them and let the men do the digging. I probably should have been doing that all along. Most lifting is out and I don't see any marathons in my future. (not that I ever did any before) I wonder how things will change as I continue to age. My parents are in their eighties and still living independently in their home, it would be my desire as well. I try not to spend to much time worrying about the future, but birthdays have a way of making you stop and think.

Another thing about this age, I've seen a lot of stuff, I've experienced good times as well as bad, I have had to trust the Lord in some difficult things (and continue to do so) and I have learned that the Lord is faithful. Situations that seemed hopeless, he worked for good, difficulties experienced that he used for his purposes. There are still things that I don't get, situations that seem hopeless, prayers still not answered but I know He doesn't change, I know he will continue to be faithful no matter what the future holds


Creations By Cindy said...

Yes my friend, our God is faithful! Enjoy your time....I am coming to realize all the more as I get older that our "time" is precious! Loved the pictures! They tell a story! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Ceil said...

Hi Maryann! Happy birthday to you! And I mean that..our birthdays are great reasons to celebrate what God is doing for and in us.

I know what you mean about limitations. I can't kneel anymore, my feet hurt, I just finished PT for my shoulders. Yikes, I'm a mess! But I still love a good day, a good cup of coffee, my grandchildren and friends...and I bet you do too. We'll grow old, but never in our minds :)
Blessings to you,

Lea said...

What a heart felt post! I agree with so much you said about aging. As I turned 60 almost two years ago it hit me like a lead balloon. I think because I realized that I had lived well over 2/3 of my life and anything I wanted to do in my life, I'd better get to doing it.

Wishing you a most wonderful year full of God's richest blessings!

living from glory to glory said...

Dear Maryann, I also have experienced how tired I feel after watching my little one. That is why we had ours when we were young!
Happy Birthday to you and may there be many more! I am just happy I do not do daycare for them any longer, as those days were super long...
You're a blessing to me and those pictures of you taking a picture were special! Love Ya, Roxy

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Belated Happy Birthday greetings! Growing older certainly does make us stop to think more about things. Losing my husband has done that as well.

We don't understand the whys, but we do know that God is in control of all and that one day we will know the answers. Life can be so rough at times, but it also has joys too.

Love and hugs to you Maryann ~ FlowerLady

Sassy Granny ... said...

Something that's true for the believe: the best is always yet to come!

Having just navigated my 66th birthday, I found myself wondering where the years have gone. What's more, I have been wondering how I want to spend what remains. This balance between the blessed behind & the blessed before takes no little intentional work.

For sure, we can expectantly look for the best that lies ahead.

camp and cottage living said...

I think it's natural to be reflective as another year passes us by again.
Like you, I can't imagine life without my faith. It's never easy but it helps in knowing that the Lord has us in the palm of His hand.
Blessing as you move forward into another year!

S. Etole said...

Hope you had a splendid day and keep enjoying the days ahead of you.

Camille said...

What a precious testimony of God's Goodness my sweet friend. You know, you have been such a sweet encouragement to my heart across the miles and through this means...thank you for always blessing my heart! Happy belated birthday to you! We are in the midst of birthdays around here, too. Yes, they do make you stop and think. :) Hugs, Camille

podso said...

I loved reading this ( a little late). I could have written it except that I have jumped across that new decade line. But what you say is so true and you express it well. There is so much to celebrate at our stage of life. It's just the body that lags a bit, but oh well, that is how its meant to be.