As we grow older, we’ve developed so many layers that our skin naturally becomes thick and hardened.  Each day we encounter something that causes us to falter, to waiver, to hurt and to give up.  We build a shield of protection around ourselves to fight off the enemies of this world. By the time we’ve reached our senior years, we’re perceived as cranky, hard-lined, unbending and just plain negative.  Older folks often think they’ve earned the right to be this way.  Have we?

When things aren’t going as we planned, our natural inclination is to blame someone else – even God.  Why doesn’t He answer my prayers?  Isn’t He listening?  Why is He putting me through this?  God doesn’t want us to become grumpy old men and women, but He does create bumps and even major roadblocks in our lives to draw us closer to Him.  As we get older we should see that even more clearly.  Why do we naturally turn the tables and put the blame on Him instead of understanding that He has this?  He’s running the show.  He’s the director of the universe.

Instead of passing the buck and blaming God, we should be thanking Him for every difficulty we face.  Each minor hiccup along the way prepares us for the next one.  Each bump in the road will help us realize how God works for our good.  Each major life event will lead to another and finally have refined us for our place in heaven.  God is constantly re-working us.  Not because He didn’t do it right in the first place, but because He knows what our true potential is.

So, even though we build up a steel suit of armor and more layers than an onion, our hearts should remain focused on our Savior.  Think of what He endured for us.



As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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8 Responses to AGING WITH GRACE

  1. K.L. Hale says:

    I love your wisdom and words….and YOU! I use to see “older” folks as cynical. Guess what? So am I at times. BUT for the grace of God…HE peels me like that onion and I cry not because I’m an onion…but because he gives me grace and wants me to be HIS hands and feet and to show the world HIS love; no matter what. I refuse to grow old and lose my faith. For what would I be then? You inspire me always. I love you. 💛💕

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  2. Lifetime Chicago says:

    Enjoyed constantly re-working….what a great way to word that!

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  3. Amen! As we mature into our later years of life, God is still molding us with each passing day. In return, we are blessed with life’s opportunities to pass some of our wisdom on to others. Kathy, your words are stirring and descriptive.

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