I may be older than you but I’m still young at heart! And I’ve got a few healthy thoughts to share with you, to encourage you, no matter your age!
You think you’re old? Listen to these historic facts:
- Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve, was born after Abel’s murder when Adam was 130 years old,
- and Seth died at 912 years of age.
- Remember…Moses climbed a mountain at 80 years of age.
- Abraham fathered a child at
- Sarah became a mother at 90 or 91 (the only woman whose age is mentioned in the Bible).
- Enoch, son of Jared, Father of Methuselah, was taken home by God at 365!
- Lamech died at 777, a few years before the Great Flood, and named his first son Noah.
- And today we think that living until we are 90 is miraculous!
Here’s a personal challenge for you. Take a little time to study those individual’s lives and check out how they used the time that God gave them!
1 John 5:11-12 – “…God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life: he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
Some things to remember:
- Freedom is never free!
- Make today count!
- As long as we have breath, we can pray!
- Remember to vote!
- Time is precious and life is a gift. Give it your best!
- Take a stand even if it means standing alone or using a cane or leaning on crutches!
- Stay alert and engaged!
Augustine wrote, “Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence.”
And here’s your smile for the day — for those of us who are getting a little older and who have the goal of “keeping on keeping on”. (The following is said with tongue-in-cheek.)
God grant me the senility
to forget the people
I never liked anyway,
the good fortune
to run into the ones I do,
and the eyesight
to tell the difference!
Robin Cox is an avid learner who shares encouragement and life lessons from God’s Word. She plays a mean game of Scrabble when she’s not baking, cooking, quilting, or spending time curating her incredible flowers and plants. Robin has taught women’s Bible studies for years in the local church, special events, and professional businesswomen meetings. There’s not much that makes Robin happier than knowing a life has been changed by trusting in Jesus. The gift of hospitality and a love for people shines through her written words. Robin is delighted to find herself a contributor to The Savvy Rose (and we’re so happy to have her sharing her thoughts here!). Make yourself at home, grab a cup of tea, and sit awhile in the garden.
Hi Savvy Friends! This post may be sponsored or contain affiliate links. My opinions are always my own. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link, I make a small commission – at no cost to you – which helps keep this blog running, my recipes and posts free, and supports my family.
I’m scrolling through my phone, Ace the pug is dozing on a pillow next to me on the couch, and I’m watching Fox & Friends (it’s a thing in our house in the morning). My attention went fully to the television when I heard the word “anxiety” and “women”. Not, like, that I KNOW anything about anxiety as a women. Fox & Friends was interviewing author and pastor Max Lucado and this statement is what caught my ear:
Anxiety is the number one issue for women.
Lucado went on to share that teens entering college today carry as much anxiety as mental patients did back in the 1950’s.
Anxiety is a personal “thing”. I’ve watched family members paralyzed by the numbing grip of panic due to stress and I’ve experienced that same anxiety myself (colon cancer, hello).
Anxiety is not always from going through great trauma. Perhaps that’s what makes treating anxiety so elusive. One example in my life is that there have been times I’ve wanted to crawl out of my skin before playing an offertory in church, and wondered why I have such an awful physical anxiety when I’m playing music – using my gifts – to serve God. Chemical imbalance? Spiritual battle? Physical fatigue? Maybe it’s a combination of all of the above depending on what we’re dealing with at different times in life. Maybe sometimes we can’t pinpoint why we deal with anxiety. And often we have questions about anxiety that do not have easy answers.
- If I know God and have a relationship with Him through Jesus, am I wrong to feel anxious? After all, Jesus told us to “be anxious for nothing”. (He also knew we are frail as dust and he is very familiar with our difficulties as fallen human beings saved by His grace.)
- Are there natural ways to help my body cope with anxiety? (Yes. Plant-based support when properly used is a gift from God and there are a number of ways to use nutrition, essential oils, and exercise to support the needs of our minds and bodies when we are anxious.)
- Is there medication that can help me when I’m anxious? (Yes. Medicine when properly used is also a gift from God! By all means see your doctor and ask for help!)
Personally I’ve learned that when I am anxious I must ask God to help me focus on what is “true” and not on what I “feel” at that time. The most basic place to find that help? God’s Word, the Bible. The next most basic place? In a like-minded community of people who study the Bible and offer encouragement and fellowship to each other.
Here are the quick takes from the Max Lucado interview that I want to share with you on ways to cope with anxiety.
- Celebrate God’s goodness.
- Ask God for help.
- Leave it with Him (don’t take it back!).
- Meditate on the positive.
Have you dealt with anxiety? What helps you most? Someone else may need to know how you cope and grow and work through this very real struggle for many women (and, let’s be honest, our men, too).
The information shared on The Savvy Rose is never intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease. Only your awesome doctor can savvy that!