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Kathy loves to write about the rich relationship God desires to have with us, and how that is walked out in everyday life and every circumstance.

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  1. Kathy,
    What a lovely post! Yes, as I get older I feel the best years might just be behind me, but I take heart. God has shown me more of him in the past few years than almost my entire walk with him and that makes me look forward to the years ahead. To knowing more of God and knowing that he has good things planned for me. Thank you for these words! 🙂

  2. Hi Kathy,

    God has been teaching me a hard lesson. And like you, I’m reminding myself to trust God. Things are unclear right now but I’m choosing to trust God. I’m scared I might give up and call it quits but then again I’m telling myself that I choose to trust God. Life took a sudden turn and I lost all sense of purpose and direction, but I’m still hanging in, trusting that He is in all of this and that I’ll come out better than I went in. I quiet the anxious thoughts about ‘what next?’ by telling myself I don’t need to focus on the questions but simply choose to trust God.

    Holding my heart.
    Sanita

    • Trusting God can be a day by day, sometimes moment to moment choice and I pray as you trust Him that He will strengthen your faith. I love Isaiah 40:31when I am anxious, and He has always been faithful to renew my strength to trust and wait on Him.

  3. I love this, Kathy. Isn’t it wonderful when we can look back and see where a specific trial or a season in the wilderness has resulted in actual growth? God always has a point with what He does and allows, and I am so grateful for that! Thank you for your story, and please keep making those lists!

  4. Thank you for this post, the title caught my eye as I am older and I have realized how many choices I make out of fear. I am also realizing that I need to stop. thanks for this. again keeping my feet on this path.

  5. Like you, Kathy, I am “older.” I have learned your list and I will add something that brings me great comfort in the face of adversity, I funny acronym shared by a teacher/pastor years ago: G.A.K.A.T. God Already Knew About This
    Nothing takes our Father by surprise and that gives me great peace as I walk through hard places with adult children – He keeps me grounded and filled with hope.
    Blessings…

  6. The lesson I’ve been learning lately is that “it is only an illusion that I am in charge of anything in my life.” I’ve had to rely on God so much in this season of my life. Changes are happening everyday that I have no control over – my daughter being diagnosed with MS, daughter & children moving back home because son-in-law was deployed, husband going to an out-of-state job, etc. I am SO grateful that God is in control and He wants the very best for me. He is always moving and working in my life because He has a plan and a purpose for me. What’s my part? Leaning and trusting in Him every moment of every day. Talking to Him about my concerns and situations and believing He loves me and will help me get through any and everything. Knowing I can let go of the “control” I never really had and rely on Him.

    • It is a difficult lesson, but when we trade control for trust it makes all the difference in our walk with God. I would just encourage you to continue to fully trust Him with all of these challenging circumstances. You are so right, knowing He loves us helps get us through any and everything!

  7. What a wonderful message you shared today! I am in the midst of learning a hard lesson, and I need reminders of God’s love for me. I am truly blessed by the daily writings that arrive in my in-box.

  8. To be closer to HIM than all my yesterdays. To have a wonderful and peaceful life and to enjoy my life which HE has purchased for me.

    Life is awesomely wonderful for me.

    🙂

  9. God has been dealing with me regarding my heart – purity of heart – for the last few years. He specfically spoke to me of a jaundiced – bruised, tainted, bitter, resentful – heart, and has been purifying it. I am so thankful for a God who is patient and perseveres with us! Another thing He has been saying in regard to a pure heart is, “Make it all about Me, not the other person who hurts, irritates and frustrates you!” He, too, is dealing with me in the area of fear. We heard a great message on fear from our youth pastor very recently. Praise Father God, Son/Savior, and Holy Spirit!!

  10. Hi Kathy,

    I am so thankful that I stumbled across this post today. The past year has been a rough one and I realize all the trials I went through – losing my job, a terrible breakup, arguments with friends – were all just God’s way of drawing me closer to Him. God has been teaching me how to rely on Him, and only Him.
    Even while facing these difficult times, I tried to fix things in my own way which only led to more hurt and disappointment. These days, anytime I get myself into a jam, I immediately bring it to God in prayer and completely trust in Him.
    One lesson I’ve learned well is – His ways are not our ways. God has a plan for our lives and His plan is perfect. I am also learning to give up control. I am not sure why I ever felt as though I am in charge of anything that happens in my life. He is in charge. My only job is to trust Him and listen to Him.

  11. Kathy, you wrote, “It is vital that we believe God has a purpose and a plan and is working through our circumstances even when we cannot see — and we must trust Him even when we don’t understand.” Amen! Amen! Amen! It has taken me all my life to realize this, especially this last year and a half as I’ve battled health issues. It’s such a simple concept, yet powerful and extremely difficult to grasp.

    I’ve had to learn to just let go, and then let go some more, and I’m still learning to let go. And with each release of my grip on the situation, it becomes lighter and more beautiful as God truly is in control of my life. He always has been.

    Thank you for your post, for sharing a part of you with all of us. You’ve encouraged many of us today. Blessings to you and your family.

  12. I am sensing a theme in many of your comments. It sounds like this, We are not in control. God is!
    Our job is to trust! We’ve been through hard times, but let’s trust God! Trust is our faith in action and faith pleases Him.

    So let’s do it!

  13. So glad to have happened upon this today. I’ve just been texting my daughter-in-law who is flying to her daughter’s bedside in hospital…..surgery is imminent and I will share with her some of these wonderful experiences of trust in God in the face of great difficulty . Blessings on all who contributed.

  14. Thank you for your words, Kathy. I am going through a hard season, where I have not been able to rely on my family, who was my usual “go-to” for help and support. God is teaching me to rely on him and trust in him. I am giving up control because his ways are the best and most perfect ways. Although I cannot see how this season in my life will transition to the next, I am holding on to the word that all things work together for good for those who love God. God has a higher purpose for this pain.

  15. Ah, Kathy, what a pleasure it was to read this. I’m so glad you have the view of our heavenly Father being gentle. My father, too, was prone to rage and violence – mainly mental cruelty, yet none of it distorted my understanding of our heavenly Father’s lovely nature. Such sweet grace. Thank you for sharing. xxx

  16. I love this post! I think so many times we look at our lives with some regret…like, we aren’t where we thought we’d be, and we maybe wonder what we have to show for our years. I like to think that I am wiser than I was when I was younger.

    This: “I am not letting fear rule my life.” I could not agree more. I fight the fear…with God’s help, of course. My Mom died when she was 59, and even tho I don’t have it constantly on my mind, I think that subconsciously I think about it…more every year…and I wonder, will that be me? Will I leave my kids, too?

    It’s not all bad, tho. Because I know how MY life was affected by my mother’s death, I make sure that my kids know all of the important things I wish I had heard from her. I don’t wait to tell them only on their birthdays or something. I speak words of blessing to them (I hope) every single day.

  17. Kathy,

    Love your writing always! It speaks right to the heart of the matter.

    I am definitely older and wiser! I find myself wanting more of God and His word then ever before. I listen to Christian music ALL the time and can’t wait to read the Bible first thing in the morning. I try to do devotions with my hubby. Love doing Bible study with women from church.

    Hubby and I are going through a rough patch with work, but we are trusting God that He will make all things right!

    This year was tough for me dealing with my aging father. Times were crazy and I felt frazzled. Through it all I trusted God and did not let fear rule me at all!

    Blessings 🙂

  18. Like you, I’m also in the ‘older woman’ category. I’ve experienced several upheavals of life in the last few years and I find the Lord is teaching me more lessons now than ever before even though I’ve been a believer all of my adult life. Here’s my thought: is God really loading me up on lessons or am I now more willing, because I am older and hopefully wiser, to listen to His leading? Either way, you’re so very right – we’re never too old or young to learn His lessons and learn them well. Thank you for your post!

  19. “He has much to teach me and I still have much to learn” so very true. Right now, I’m in the stage with little ones at home. I feel like God has some great lessons to teach me through this season, they’re just so hard to learn. I definitely want to grow in wisdom and knowledge, and not live a life of fear. God has called us to so much more. Thank you for the good reminder.

  20. This is such an encouraging message….I just came through a sesson of learning to lean into the Lord. I was unemployed and remembered the scriptures about our Lord caring for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field and how valuable we are to him that he certainly would be gracious to us and provide our needs. He is such an awesome God!