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sharing my journey

As promised, I’m sharing my unfolding, very unexpected, God-journey into new adventures.

Thank you, friends, for watching my video. I’ve had so many conversations with friends regarding embracing the middle-aged years. Reaching this milestone age can be quite life-changing. As a woman in her 50’s now, I’m no longer considered young but neither am I old. It’s this unchartered place of being in the middle season of life and all that comes with it.

Older children start leaving the nest and those relationships change. Younger children at home are no longer very little, and in many ways, their needs change. Hormones change. Every workout feels a little harder than it did a few years ago. We start intentionally looking to the future and ensuring that our affairs are in order for when we’re older and even beyond that.

For me, this has been a season of so much ebbing and flowing, and that’s okay. There was a time in my life when I struggled with getting older. But these days, I see growing older as such a blessing. More than anything, I see this season as an opportunity to seek God on what He has for me next instead of settling for a life where I am never stretched, challenged, or forced to grow. Although my nest will never be empty (for which, I am so thankful!), I still long to be used by Him.

It’s beautiful to me how God wants to use us at every age and in every chapter of our lives that we walk through. Never did I imagine that the Lord would call me to do a pageant. Never! Ten years ago, I probably would have shut the door and run far away from the idea. I would not even have considered it.  I lacked confidence and cared far too much about what people thought and said about me behind my back. But these days, my heart is so yielded to His will. There is only ONE opinion that matters to me. Perhaps the shifting of my heart and my perspectives comes from living a lot of life–the good, the bad, the beautiful, as well as the very hard things. Time has taught me that God’s goodness is the only constant, the only thing that never changes.

I am confident that He loves (and longs) to use His seasoned, been-there-done-that, Jesus-loving women to be beacons of light and hope in a world that is so very different to the one in which we were raised.

No matter where it is, no matter what it is, no matter how stretching it is…

…just say yes.

Say yes to dreaming big dreams.

Say yes to chasing after His will.

Say yes to new adventures.

And say yes to a middle-aged life filled with awe and wonder and every blessing under heaven.

Say yes on shaky legs, with a racing heart, not knowing where it will lead.

Because He is so worthy of our yes.