As of today I am 50.129 years old, approximately.  I must say that approaching 50 was much harder than actually turning 50.  It could be that I was spoiled by my husband on my actual birthday, my co-workers the day before my birthday and by my family the weekend following.  My Mom and sisters had a very nice luncheon for me on the family farm.  It was a wonderful time!  They even surprised me by inviting some childhood friends that I hadn’t seen in years!  It was so great to see them and to catch up.

I had intentions of writing this closer to my actual birthday but didn’t.  Then a couple of weeks ago I ran into this article at desiringGod.org by Jon Bloom called “Turning Fifty and Still Fighting for Faith.”  {click on the word “this” to read the article}.  Naturally it grabbed my attention.  His description of receiving the birthday greeting from AARP was spot on.  But the article gets better….I highly encourage you to read it now.  I’ll wait here.

Finished already?  It was really good, wasn’t it?

Here are three thoughts that stood out to me:

  • When weakness meets weariness, and discouragement meets disillusionment, we must be on our guard.  These are spiritually precarious moments.
  • My weaknesses have a purpose in God’s design, and so does my weariness.
  • What’s important, what this whole race is about, is obtaining the Prize.  And I want to keep running that I may obtain it.

Given what I gleaned from the article it was helpful that at the same time I was reading a book called “Extravagant Grace” by Barbara Duguid.  My plan is to share more about that in future Musings.

For now, I will close with the words that Jesus spoke to Paul when he asked three times for the thorn to be removed from his side.

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

May you be sustained by the all-sufficient grace of Jesus today!