Old Age Just Snuck Up on Me.

Grow Old With Me
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Are You Older?

If you consider yourself in the 'older' category of life, I believe this article will resonate with you. Those of us who have lived on this earth for a multitude of years look back and wonder where the time has gone. Just yesterday we were kids, weren't we?

As the 'older' generation (to anyone younger than us) we have a great responsibility. We have a choice in how we behave as we grow old. We can either let the hard things of life make us bitter which renders us inapproachable or we can choose to allow the trials of our lives to mold us. When we choose to learn and grow through the hard times in life we become those precious older saints whom God has touched with His grace.

When we choose to allow God's hand to shape us, we choose to be used. We have much to offer the 'kids' of this world. The question is will we reach out and touch the younger generation or will we 'retire' and waste all the richness of the lessons learned through trials and hardships? Think about it, the older saint who has grown and become wise has a world of wisdom to pass down.

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Inspiration

My brother recently sent me a video featuring a speaker at an old folks home. The name of the lady who spoke to the group is Mary Maxwell. Included in her presentation was a prayer. This prayer led my brother and I to laugh until we cried.

Be sure to listen to the video of Mary Maxwell. I want you to experience the whole package of this sweet, hilarious, little dynamite of a woman. It extremely funny, entertaining with gems of truth humorously sprinkled throughout her presentation.

Mary is the inspiration for this hub. During her prayer she uses the phrase "Old Age Just Snuck Up on Me." I have also included some powerful song videos, in this article, which hold a special place in my heart. I hope you will take the time to relax, reflect and listen to each song. I pray these songs minister to you as they continue to minister to me.

Though I do not consider myself to be too 'old' yet - the 'old' is just around the corner and it is quickly sneaking up on me. How about you? Please enter into the conversation in the comment section below. Take the poll and see how others voted. Thank you for taking the time to contemplate the journey we are all on.

Depression in the Elderly

"Clinical depression in the elderly is common. That doesn't mean it's normal. Late-life depression affects about 6 million Americans age 65 and older. But only 10% receive treatment for depression. The likely reason is that the elderly often display symptoms of depression differently. Depression in the elderly is also frequently confused with the effects of multiple illnesses and the medicines used to treat them." webmd.com

Time Slips By

Wasn't it just yesterday we were children playing ball at the park with the neighbor kids? Wasn't it just a bit ago we graduated, fell in love and began a new life? Tell me, wasn't it just an eye's blink ago that we held our babies in our arms as the joy coursed through our veins?

Wasn't it but a moment ago our children became teens and with that came a flood of their friends filling our homes with laughter, endless fun and activities? In the blink of an eye, our children graduated, married, had babies and began their own journey following their own path.

When I was a young Mother I heard a song written and sung by Annie Carpenter, who at the time was also a young Mother. The Goodnight Kiss (video featured below) is the story of a mom's reflection as she looks back on her life. She realizes how quickly her children have grown up. She says .. 'before you know it, they are out the door.' As a young mom I listened to this song as the biggest yearning of my heart longed to keep my children with me forever. Huge crocodile tears rolled down my face as the realization of the brevity of time for parenting hit me. I loved being my children's mother. I could not imagine life without them.

Where have all of the years gone? The moments passed by so quickly. One day I was changing diapers and bathing my babies. The next thing I know I find myself being escorted down the aisle to witness my beautiful baby girl giving her vows to her beloved. Next I am in a hospital room to see my first born grandchild and today that same child is a beautiful grown woman of 21 years old. How can that be?

Steve & Annie Chapman - Goodnight Kiss

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A Grandma's Joy

Today I am a Grandmother to 11 grandchildren. Little did I know the great JOY these little ones would bring to my life. The place my grandchildren hold in my heart is sacred. As a Nana I have learned that each moment is a trust and a treasure to be stored and savored for the quiet moments. When I gaze into my granddaughters' trusting eyes, I marvel at their adoration .. for me. Wonder of wonder's, I am unconditionally loved by these innocent babes. I tuck the memory of those loving eye's into a soft spot reserved in my soul and count it as a blessed treasure frozen in time.

As my grandson's, Wee Man and Little Man, run through the front door they jump into my arms crying "Nana I'm here!" I smother them with kisses and revel in the affection from my boys! I am told they ask their mama frequently, "Can we pleeeeeaaaaassse go to Nana's? The innocence and trust they possess moves me to the core .. and the Nana Bear in me longs to protect and stand up to anyone who might dare to touch that.

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Wake Up Call For The Church

"America's changing demographics should send an urgent wake-up call to the church. The population of the United States is growing older. The elderly population is expected to continue to grow tremendously, with the oldest-old (85 and older) as the fastest-growing sector.

For the last quarter century, the birth rate has fallen while the senior population is exploding. Yet most American churches continue to focus on youth programs and reaching out to the next generation while neglecting the fastest-growing sector of society.

We certainly need youth ministries, but we also need equally passionate plans to integrate older people into the life of the church and to reach out to those who are too frail to attend." Focus On The Family

Growing Old with Grace

Throughout the years I have made friendships with many older women. As I have observed and studied them I have learned. Many of these women were weighed down as they carried the heavy weight of defeat and discouragement, weights that were clearly reflected in their faces. There were others who seemed to rise above the burden of getting old. Some women wore dignity under their white hair emulating a joy and contentment with their station in life.

Another thing I observed about older women was that the attitude they carried did not seem to be connected to the ease or difficulty of their lives. Some of the sweetest older women I have known have lived with very difficult situations. On the other hand there were those women whose lives were fairly simple; yet they became sour and unapproachable.

The women who had learned the secret to growing old with grace had a special beauty. A loveliness that shone out and seeped through the wrinkles and into glorious smiles upon their faces. Growing old with grace brings perspective and wisdom of God's ways. I guess that is why the Bible tells the older women to teach the younger women. God has taught me through older women 'how NOT to be' and 'how I aught to be.'

As an older woman to many, I have been through most of the stages in life. I have learned through the good times, the bad times, the teachable times and the pulling-my-hair-out times. God uses it all if we allow Him access, if we bow in humility and surrender to His plan for our lives. I thank God for the many opportunities I have been given to come alongside the younger women in my life to encourage them on their way.

Poem on Aging

Blessed In Aging
~Esther Mary Walker

Blessed are they who understand
My faltering step and shaking hand

Blessed, who know my ears today
Must strain to hear the things they say.

Blessed are those who seem to know
My eyes are dim and my mind is slow

Blessed are those who look away
When I spilled tea that weary day.

Blessed are they who, with cheery smile
Stopped to chat for a little while

Blessed are they who know the way
To bring back memories of yesterday.

Blessed are those who never say
“You’ve told that story twice today”

Blessed are they who make it known
That I am loved, respected and not alone.

Mary Maxwell Prays

Humorous Quotes

You know you're getting old when ...

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.

- Harrison Ford

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For My Writing Buddies - 60 staring you in the face

With 60 staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and a definite hardening of the paragraphs.

- James Thurber

May All Who Come Behind Us Find Us Faithful

I do not believe there a more important job on earth than to raise a godly generation. To Invest our lives in our children and grandchildren is to reap eternal rewards. These children are our future. In the famous poem, "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle," by William Ross Wallace, a woman's value is highly esteemed as the refrain repeats, "The hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world."

In a society where women are not respected for their decision to stay home to raise children, it takes great courage and conviction as they stand against the tide. If you are such a Mother, I honor you for your sacrifice and commitment. You understand the grave responsibility entrusted to you.. Great is your reward for planting the seeds of kindness, virtue, goodness, love, character, responsibility and more into your child's heart.

We leave footprints you know; Footprints for good or for bad. When we model faithfulness and godliness we pass that on to our children. When we model self absorption, laziness or entitlement this too is passed on to our children. Our lives do leave footprints for our children to follow. What type of footprints are you leaving? We will leave a trail of courage or a trail of uncertainty and fear. Yes, the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Great is a woman's influence on many generations that come behind her.

Find Us Faithful, Steve Green

The Bible On Aging

THE BIBLE ON OLD AGE

Isaiah 46:4 (NIV) “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

Leviticus 19:32 “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly.”

Proverbs 20:29
“The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.” (NIV)

Proverbs 23:22 “Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” (ESV)

II Corinthians 4:16 - "Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wastng away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day."

Job 12:12 "With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding."

The Bible on Old Age

Experience is a great teacher, if we are teachable. God says that when He takes us through a thing, we are to encourage those who come behind us. He has a purpose for everything and He promises never to leave us or forsake us.There is a generation coming behind us who need the wisdom we have to offer.

I have learned much through the school of hard knocks. Wise is the young woman who opens her heart to a Godly, seasoned, older woman; one who has become strong as a result of her own trials in life.

Will you heed the call of young people everywhere? Young people who are lost in a world or confusion and darkness. There is a need today. Perhaps a greater need in America than any other time. As a younger person, how awesome it would be to have an older woman or man come alongside and be your rock, your cheerleader, your ever faithful friend. I challenge you today to be that Godly influence in a younger person's life today

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Heaven is my Home

As the years have passed I find my longing for Heaven getting stronger. When I spend time In Gods word and I listen quietly I hear Him speak to my heart. I am struck with the truth that I am just a pilgrim here on this earth-place and that eternity is not far off.

God brought me into his family at the tender age of 15. He has been the rock and my constant in life; my shelter in the time of storm. I know, that I know, that I know; I am His! Blessed Assurance, to know Jesus is Mine.

I would like to share a part of my story about coming to know the creator of the universe and His son Jesus. At the age of 15 my girlfriend's Dad took time to answer my questions. I knew at that age that there had to be more to the life I was living. I reasoned that someone had to have designed this beautiful world. Someone way more intelligent than I had designed this body with all of its intricacies. I did not know how to figure it out?. I prayed and God answered my prayer through an older man, Mr. Haworth.

One night in the coziness of their home, Mr. Haworth began to talk to me about the Bible. He read God's word to me as he explained that there was a creator of the Universe and his name was God. Not only did He created the Universe but He created me. He said that God loved me and actually had a specific purpose for my life. This was the BEST news I had ever heard.

Mr. Haworth continued to talk to me using God's word. He told me that there was one problem with my ability to talk to God and have a relationship with Him. He said that God is Holy; He cannot even look at sin. We, his creation, fall short of His glory and holiness. Is is our sin that separatesus from God.

Dad Haworth continued to explain, that if that were the end of the story we would be lost and without hope. God's holiness demands a payment for sin. Thank God it is not the end of the story. God loves us and has a plan to restore us to fellowship with Him. God offered up His one and only son Jesus to take our place and pay the price for our sin. This offering of Jesus life is called substitutionary death (Jesus in MY place.) Jesus was the only one who could have taken our place, because He is totally sinless. He took our sin in His own body and PAID the price (death) for our sin. Jesus willingly laid down His life so that we might be saved from the penalty of sin; separation from God for all eternity. Here is what God says in His word: "The wages of sin is death!" Romans 3:23. "But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord. Rom. 6:23. "For God so LOVED the world that He GAVE his one and only son, that WHOSOEVER believes in Him should not perish but HAVE eternal life." John 3:16. My heart pounded as I began to understand how much Jesus loves me. "Greater love has no one than this, that one lays down his life for his friends." John 15:13.

Jesus actually had JOY as He gave his life up for you and me; knowing that death on the cross would provide eternal life for us. "Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the JOY that was set before Him endured the cross. " Hebrews 12:2.

Jesus died that we might live eternally. The condition (read above ) is that we believe. The New Testament was originally written in Greek. The Greek meaning for the word believe is more than a mere head knowledge. This word 'believe' means to place my complete trust in who He is, what He says and what He did for me on the cross of Calvary.

Believing, in the biblical sense, is more than an intellectual acknowledgement. When we believe as the Bible teaches we are transformed inwardly. We become a child of God and we are adopted into His family. When the impact of what God did for me really sunk into my head I fell to my knees and worshiped Him. I confessed my own sin and surrendered my whole life to Him as Lord and Savior. On that night, so long ago, God adopted me into His family. Today I can say, with great confidence, I am His kid and He is my Abba (Daddy) Father.

I have never ever regretted the decision I made that night. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit become more precious to me with each year. I am far from perfect - a sinner saved by grace and as the song goes ... 'He's still workin' on me .. to make me what I ought to be.'

My heart longs for my heavenly home as I imagine what it will be like to be in my eternal home and in God's presence. The song I have posted below, I can only Imagine, communicates that anticipation and longing for Heaven. My friend, the Holy Spirit speaks in a still small voice .. please listen in the quietness of this moment, do you hear him calling your name?

I Can Only Imagine

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As Old age is just around the corner for many of us, we need to keep our sense of humor. This Poem is funny and charming at the same time. Enjoy!

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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Oh dear Rolly, You always leave a smile on my face! You have had many losses Rolly - losing a parent is tough and losing friends is heartbreaking.

I'm glad you were able to prepare and present eulogies - knowing you as I do I know what a blessing and comfort you have left to families who grieve.

Thank you for your kind words and for sharing a laugh with me. Mary is a hoot isn't she - kinda reminds me of a female Rolly. ;)

God Bless you Buddy and thanks again!

Mekenzie


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Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi my friend... reading this reminded me of the fact I have lost parents, several school friends and a multitude of people these past few years. I have had the privilege of doing their services, doing eulogies and being involved in ministry with families long after. Death is something none can escape, it is our choice what we leave behind. A well looked after life will leave many healthy lives to carry on where we left off. Thank you for the reminder and yes the smile you have left me with today. You are a keeper my friend and a blessing in so many ways...

Hugs from Canada


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

More everyday . . . then I soak in a hot bath.


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

WD, good to see you. Old Folks Boogie eh? So do you groove to the Boogie? Thanks for the video.

Mekenzie


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

How do you know when you are over the hill?

http://youtu.be/XmC_OhP7V2w


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

moonlake, Welcome! Yes old age just sneaks up on us .. I am glad you enjoyed Mary Maxwell too .. she's a hoot! It's so funny, as I opened this hub today the ads are for anti-wrinkle creams and the best aging skin products. That really does make me feel OLD.. wonder if I should get me some? LOL

Mekenzie


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Mary Maxwell is so funny. Loved your hub. Old age does just sneak up on you. Suddenly we're being called elderly.

Voted Up and sharing.


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

frogyfish, hello friend. I am glad you found the hub to be enjoyable and encouraging - I so enjoyed putting it together. Had you heard the song Faithful before? I have sung it a few times as a solo .. it is deeply moving and also the cry of my heart. Happy that it spoke to you today.

Hugs!

Mekenzie


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Enjoyable and encouraging set of words and pictures...loved the prayer video and especially the 'Faithful' song. Really a welcomed hub today! Thank you.


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Welcome Bob and thank you! Wonder if I should try your secret .. but how do I thin out my hair to reveal more scalp? You are a funny guy! I hope you have a great day too. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your mark.

Mekenzie


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Civil War Bob 4 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

Wonderful hub, MeKenzie...voted up, useful, beautiful, and interesting. I've solved the grey hair problem by thinning it out so more scalp shows than hair. The cap helps, too, but the Fu Manchu lets waitresses know they don't need to card me! Have a great day, Nanna!!


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

MFB, You start it and I'll join it because I'm accepting it too. There is wisdom to gather if we allow life to teach us.

So nice to see you and to read your artistic hubs once again.

Mekenzie


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MFB III 4 years ago from United States

Let's start a club, the "I'm old and I'm accepting it"....LOL..lovely words here McKenzie.


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I am trying to cover my gray hair too .. those silver strands snuck up on me and I wasn't ready for them. LOL

Mary Maxwell is a hoot! I'm so glad you watched it. Thanks for coming by for a read and for the vote up.

God Bless YOU!

Mekenzie


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

What a wonderful hub! Well thought out and put together. I am trying to cover my gray hair, but I feel wiser with age, and so far, enjoying it.

The video of Mary Maxwell, just slayed me.

AD....voted up and awesome!


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

vocalcoach, I hope I will emulate aging with grace too. We have many who come behind us who are watching us and I think ... are they learning strength and hope or weakness and pain through our lives. With God's grace we look to Him to see life through His eyes and grow deeper in love with Him each day. His mercies endure forever.

Thank you so much for the encouraging comments. Your writing is such an inspiration to me and I am so happy to have found you here on the hubs!

God Bless YOU dearheart!

Mekenzie


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

With out a doubt the best article on aging I've ever read. I am inspired with your words "Some women wore dignity under their white hair emulating a joy and contentment with their place in life."

I hope that is what I emulate. Even with my own aches and pains I am so blessed - I especially feel this way (thankful to God) when I see others my age in such bad condition.

I loved the scriptures you quoted on aging. And oh, thank you for linking my poem to this brilliant hub. I am so honored. Voting up and straight across!


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Peggy, It is crazy how fast that time goes and I do remember thinking time was endless when I was a child. I spent hours looking up at the stars and studying their patterns, catching firefly's and fishing by the lake. Now the time is really zipping (as you say) by.

It is so important to enjoy every moment and capture it in our hearts. Though we are aging we also have much to offer those who come behind us. We have the perspective of enduring many of life's trials - and if we have learned patience we can cheer our family and those we mentor on.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your thoughts.

God Bless!

Mekenzie


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Funny how old age sneaks up on one! Time seemed almost endless when young and now the weeks, even months seem to zip on by. Nice thought...that of no creaking knees or need for medical tests in heaven! Thanks!


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Larry, I would say you certainly were thrown into a catastrophe physically. You got hit without warning it seems. I am sorry for all you have been through .. a ton of pain and difficulty for sure.

Many people are having problems with employment especially as they age .. unfortunately it is the state of affairs in our world right now.

Life has been hard for many of us .. different ways different seasons. Being young was a nightmare for me so I know what you speak of. We cannot change the past or those we had no control over ... I wrote a hub on Forgiveness ... believe it or not ... it was forgiveness that set me free from the pain of my past. I know it sounds ridiculous to forgive someone who neglected, violated or hurt you. You'd have to read the hub to understand the process I went through.

As you have read my hub you know that I am a believer so I have the hope of eternity .. there will be no more creaking joints or medical tests in Heaven. I have lots of issues physically but I understand they are temporary. Thinking about all the ways I can make a difference in people's lives keeps me going.

Thank you for your comments and I do hope that you can gain employment and that you will be blessed.

Mekenzie


Larry Wall 4 years ago

In my case, turning old did not sneak up on me. It just grabbed me one day. I had a serious condition when I was 49 (perforated colon--I will spare you the gory details) and I was hospitalized for 14 days. Eight weeks later, I was back in the hospital to remove the colostomy I got in the first operation and was in for 11 days. Three years later I am back in the hospital to remove the scare tissue that had formed a ring around my colon and was causing a blockage, another 10 days in the hospital.

So by the time I was 55, I was old. I am now 60, unemployed and looking for work, knowing I will not be hired because of my age.

Some will say I just gave in too easily. Well being young, was not always a blast in my house, so being old is not too bad.

Some say it is a state of mind. It is also a state of creaking joints, frequent medical tests and paying more attention to the Social Security and Medicare debates.


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I'd help you look for it but I can't find my glasses.

Thanks for the Hugs Buddy!

Mekenzie


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Personally Mckenzie I like to think of it as maturing at a steady pace... has anyone seen my keyboard I lost the fool thing again...

Hugs for this one... well done


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank You G-Ma Johnson .. it's nice to meet you. :0)

HUGS Back!

Mekenzie


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G-Ma Johnson 4 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Great Hub loved it...Thanks for sharing...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

teaches, I am so happy you enjoyed the hub and that it made you laugh. :) Really glad you loved the scripture references .. as you know, they are life. We have a choice as we grow older. Will we grow bitter or better?

I have prayed that God makes me sweet as I age and I know He will answer that prayer as I draw near to Him.

God Bless You and thanks for your encouragement!

Mekenzie


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I so enjoyed reading your hub! I am laughing at the jokes and the quick wit with which you have written this article. Seriously, I love the scripture references and the encouragement you write on getting older. Voted up.


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Dee, I KNOW .. wasn't she so funny! I'm glad you shared the laughter with my brother and me. Thanks for leaving a comment .. I appreciate it!

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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Sandra, How wonderful that you have embraced getting old and even looked forward to being better than ever. All who know you are most certainly blessed!

Mekenzie


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

jdove-miller, She is hilarious isn't she. Nice to have you visit and leave your comment.

Blessings!

Mekenzie


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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

This was very good. Haven't laughed this hard in a while. Old age snuck up on me to, but I am trying really hard not to let "it" have the last laugh....LOL


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

I always knew that I would like being "a little old lady" better than any phase of my life, and sure enough, it's true. Thanks for SHARING. Sandra Busby


jdove-miller 4 years ago

Watched the video of Mary's prayer. She is hilarious. Thanks for sharing.

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