Aging With Grace: Week One
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Whatever season of life you’re in, God has equipped you to flourish—to live in the transforming power and beauty of His grace. As we age, we can easily lose sight of this message as cultural ideals glorifying youth take center stage.
In the book, Aging With Grace, Sharon W. Betters and Susan Hunt offer present-day and biblical examples of women who rediscovered Gospel-rooted joy in their lives. Equipped with a biblical view of aging, Aging with Grace will help you encounter afresh the Gospel that “is big enough, good enough, and powerful enough to make every season of life significant and glorious.”
Aging With Grace: Wonder and Worship
Maybe you’re like me. At first glance, it sounds like “Aging with Grace” is a subject for the ag-ed, but before you click off, I need to remind you that whether we are 18 or 98, all of us are aging and therefore need to be aging gracefully.
For years this was not me. Nearing my senior year of college, I was teetering on the edge of childhood and adulthood and resisting the latter. It seems crazy now, but I shed many tears, because I did not want to become an adult. This was a lack of trust in God’s design for me.
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever.”
Psalm 92 gives insight into aging gracefully. It is a song sung by God’s people on the Sabbath after they had gone into exile. God had brought them through many trials, and their faith had been stretched, giving them a more mature perspective on life. They end this song with rejoicing and confidence that the righteous will flourish in old age (verses 12-15).
This is such a beautiful thing to see, but we’ve also seen the opposite—elderly Christians who are fearful, withdrawn, and bitter. There is no special formula, that if you do A, B, and C, you will glow with God’s glory in old age, but Psalm 98 does contain habits that will result in continued fruitfulness as the years pass.
"It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
Begin now. Know your God through the Scriptures. Live with a spirit of gratitude for all things He allows in your life. Abide in Him, staying connected to Him at all times. Delight and be glad in the works of the Lord. And while you are at it, sing for joy as you live out His will for your life on this earth.
Without a doubt, each year will grow sweeter, and the beauty of the Lord God will be upon you as you age.
I love this quote: "We are only vessels being used to accomplish the purposes of our great God." It fully embodies who I want to be—a vessel used to accomplish His purpose. How are you aging with grace today, friend?
6/7/2022 09:29:35 am
I absolutely loved this book!
6/7/2022 03:27:09 pm
I do too, Michele, and I'm super excited to go through the study again! I think God knows I need these reminders, daily!!
6/7/2022 09:58:50 am
Aging is an area that has taken me a lot of years to enjoy and accept. I know the book study will be wonderful. I have heard the authors interviewed on several podcasts and loved them.
6/7/2022 03:28:51 pm
I have not heard them interviewed on any podcasts. I'm going to have to do a search for that. I feel like I know them well and hearing their sweet voices, I'm sure, would be a blessing. Thanks for the heads up!!
6/7/2022 03:30:28 pm
I love both of those words Jan—abide and dwell! :)
6/7/2022 11:10:51 am
The book is beautiful!
6/7/2022 03:31:15 pm
It's a special study, Lauren!! I'm so glad to be going through it again.
6/7/2022 12:09:17 pm
I pray my latter years will be my best year and, like Moses, I can finish strong!
6/7/2022 03:32:26 pm
That's a great prayer, Debbie. It's one we all should pray. I never want to feel useless. Especially when it comes to the things of God.
6/7/2022 03:33:34 pm
YEA! You're going to love it, Maryleigh!
6/7/2022 02:32:07 pm
You did a great job summing up this first chapter. One sentence that stood out to me from this chapter was "The promise of growth does not mock my physical reality; it transcends it."
6/7/2022 03:49:13 pm
"The promise of growth does not mock my physical reality; it transcends it." <— That IS a great quote, Barbara. :)
6/8/2022 09:35:43 am
That's one thing I love about this book—it's for ALL ages!! We're all aging, and we all want to do it with grace. In my small group, where I first discovered Aging With Grace, we have girls of all ages and the book was appropriate for all of us.
6/8/2022 03:46:23 pm
"This process of aging with grace, the Bible calls “growing in grace.” "
6/8/2022 04:55:47 pm
I love that quote, Joanne! I want both too! :) I want to grow in grace as I age with grace.
6/8/2022 09:48:48 pm
Me too, Joanne. Always making progress. Going forward and not backward. Maturing spiritually as I am maturing physically. That verse that contains “growing in grace” goes on to say “…and in the knowledge of our Savior Jesus Christ.” They go together❤️
6/9/2022 06:31:11 pm
I love everything about this post! Embracing the season I'm in with gratitude and delight! 🤗 Stopping by from #tuneinthursday
6/10/2022 07:48:34 am
It's a great series, Laura! Next week is all about Anna. I love her story. She's a biblical character that we don't focus on too often because the Bible really doesn't have that much to say about her, but what it does reveal about her life is so, so powerful! We have much to learn from her example! Stay tuned...
6/10/2022 05:39:17 pm
I've been wanting to get this book, it's sitting in my Amazon wish list. I love your week one summary.
6/12/2022 10:56:47 am
Thank you, Paula! I am going to check that out!! :)
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