At 50, Raini started raising a family all over again. Her dreams for a speaking and writing ministry were set aside. Following God’s calling to provide a stable and loving family for her grandchildren became the bravest thing she’d ever done.
But after several years of parenting again, God used her new experiences to redirect her dream. She became a trainer for new foster parents and a Resource Peer Mentor for new and upcoming foster parents.
Raini surrendered to God her plans as He engaged her maturity, experience, and fortitude to serve His purposes. Through prayer and faithful dependence on God, she is living out “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13 NLT).
God is still writing your story. You might be caring for elderly parents, a disabled or discouraged spouse, or even your own grandchildren. You could be on your own, unemployed, or watching your retirement accounts fluctuate with the ever-changing stock market.
Things aren’t going as you hoped at this stage of your life. Nothing seems exciting or worthwhile. But dear one, please know:
If God has allowed this circumstance in your life at this time, He is cheering you on and will help you flourish in your “over 50” brave adventure!
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7
In my book Everyday Brave: Living Courageously As A Woman of Faith, I encourage all women of any age...that with Jesus in our hearts and minds, we can courageously face whatever this world hands us. We can face this season not with timidity, trembling, or trepidation, but with faith in Jesus Christ alone. We can do it because God is always there to remind us: we’re braver than we know!
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. – Psalm 27:14
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Janet Thompson is an international speaker, freelance editor, and award-winning author of 20 books. Her passion is to mentor other women in sharing their life experiences and God’s faithfulness. Janet’s new release is Everyday Brave: Living Courageously As a Woman of Faith available at Amazon, Christianbook.com, Barnes and Noble, and signed at author’s website. She is also the author of Mentoring for All Seasons: Sharing Life Experiences and God’s Faithfulness; Forsaken God? Remembering the Goodness of God Our Culture Has Forgotten; Dear God, Why Can’t I Have a Baby?; Dear God They Say It’s Cancer; Dear God, He’s Home!; Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter; Face-to-Face Bible study Series; and Woman to Woman Mentoring: How to Start, Grow, & Maintain a Mentoring Ministry Resources. Janet is the founder of Woman to Woman Mentoring and About His Work Ministries. Visit Janet and sign up for her weekly blog and free online newsletter at womantowomanmentoring.com. Join Janet on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.