03.03.2017

Encouragement For My 50+ Year Old Friends

Laurie Cole POSTED BY Laurie Cole
Categories: Front Porch Friday

30 didn’t bother me. Neither did 40 or even 50. But birthday #59 this past January was a tough one for me. For the first time in my life, I felt old. And a little insecure.

If you’re in the 50+ category like I am, there’s no going back. And looking beyond to 60, 70, or 80 can make you feel a little uneasy, can’t it?

But today, as I was having my quiet time reading His Word, God spoke to me so beautifully. In fact, He encouraged this 59-year-old woman so much that I can’t wait to share it with all of my 50+ year old friends. I wonder, could that possibly be YOU? 🙂

Join me on the porch as share a few of my own insecurities about aging and most importantly:

3 Things 50+ Year Olds Should Never Stop Doing.

See you on the porch, sister!

 

Your 59-year-old and good with it (finally) sister,

 

 

Over 50? I’d love to hear how the Lord is encouraging you in this stage of life. Post a comment, and let’s encourage one another. Love!

 


Laurie Cole is the President of Priority Ministries and the author of six Bible studies for women: There is a Season, The Temple, Beauty by The Book, Beauty by The Book for Teens, Warrior Princess, and Are You a Disciple? A frequent speaker at women's events, find out how to invite Laurie to speak at your event.



20 comments on “Encouragement For My 50+ Year Old Friends

    tudy1956@yahoo.com' Denise Lobb says:

    Hi Laurie!
    Thank-you so much for your message today! I was feeling a little frumpy. I will be
    61 in April. I love the front porch:) Take care, love you.
    Blessings,
    D. Lobb

    Laurie Cole says:

    I love you, too, Denise. Thanks for sitting on the porch with me.

    kleslie1222@gmail.com' Kristi Leslie says:

    Oh Laurie,you read my mind. Birthdays never bothered me until December 22, 2016. Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.
    On a brighter note, Happy Birthday! Ever think of holding YOUR big one at a skating rink next year? I think it’s a fabulous idea!

    Bless you, love you,
    Your old Aunt

    PS Thanks for the encouragement.

    Laurie Cole says:

    Always so good to hear from you, Kristi. You and I share good genes with, God willing, great potential for aging well. Your mother is one of my heroes and I love you more than you’ll ever know.

    Thanks for the skating rink idea — love it!

    carolhaynes@sbcglobal.net' BOBBY HAYNES says:

    I LOVE THE OLD SONG THE OLDER WE GET THE SWEETER HE GET LAURIE I READ FRONT PROCH I JUST TURN 75 I LOVE READING FRONT PROCH (MEN ALSO CAN READ THIS).

    Laurie Cole says:

    Amen! XXXs to you, sweet friend.

    ecdedavis@frontier.com' Debra says:

    Woo hoo!!! Yes,I’m encouraged! And yes, I do want to write that book as the Lord gives me time. Thank you! Right now at 62 🙂 I’m just finishing up 25 years of homeschooling, and just yesterday I was telling my husband I was feeling in my cups as our last little boy (who now has a beard) is being launched. I was thinking, this has been our calling, our primary ministry along with teaching at church, serving in our community, what will we do when they are gone? I will keep studying, learning, fasting and praying so the Lord can help me write what He has taught me about Himself, so that I can encourage and pass it on to another fellow traveler on the path. I didn’t have to hit all the potholes in life, because God was faithful to send someone further along on the path to give me a leg up. Love you Laurie, so grateful for your teaching. Blessings dear sister.

    Laurie Cole says:

    What an encouragement your sweet words were to me, Debra. Bless you for sharing. When you publish your book, I want to purchase the first copy. Love to you, dear sister.

    katiecole@teamjapan.org' Katie Cole says:

    I turned 60 last May and celebrated by going paragliding! What a glorious feeling that was, to be peacefully soaring above God’s creation and praising Him for all He has done for me. I feel no remorse about sharing my age and growing older. The God of the Universe chose the day of my birth from the beginning of time. Isn’t that something to be saying “Hallelujah!!” about? One thing I’m enjoying about growing older is still learning and being challenged by the Word and by people around me. I guess maybe I’ve even gained a bit of wisdom along the way and I’m thankful for that too. Let’s run the race well and continue studying, learning, fasting and praying so we can glorify the Lord in all we do. It’s a special blessing to be able to do this together with sisters in Jesus. So thankful for your word of encouragement, Laurie. You are beautiful in Him.

    Laurie Cole says:

    Katie, you can preach! And I needed your “sermon” and the reminder of Hebrews 12 (I want to run the race well with you). Thank you so much for sharing your heart.

    Paragliding to celebrate your 60th!! You and my Aunt Kristi (see her comment above) are making me want to plan something way out of the ordinary for my 60th next year. God bless you my beautiful sister.

    marytrainer@yahoo.com' Mary Trainer says:

    I lost my husband 6 mo. ago from cancer. I turned 73 the next mo. My life that I had known for 55 years married to this incredible man had ended and I felt lost, alone, old and in deep grief. I thought God was through with me. I taught a Bible Study for young women for 12 years but had to quit to take care of my husband the year before. Because I had a lot of time on my hands, I began to read and study my Bible as never before. The Lord showed me great truth that I had not seen before. Little did I know that he was also in the progress of healing my heart. He sent amazing friends that loved on me, took me out to eat and visited often. I began to get calls from young women to start a home Bible study. My daughter said she would offer her home and took that responsibility. God sent 13 beautiful young women that have been such a blessing and joy. God has shown me that all I have to do is be available and He will do the rest.
    Laurie thank you for the reminder that God can use anyone, no matter their age or season of life. We just need to be available to let Him use us.

    Laurie Cole says:

    I can’t even begin to express to you how much your words ministered to me, Mary, and will minister to so many who will read them. You are a living, breathing inspiration to me. I just wish I was young enough to be in your home Bible study. Love you so much!

    crahe001@comcast.net' C.Rahe says:

    Laurie,
    I really needed to hear your message! Sometimes we feel we are alone in these feelings. I turned 63 in December. Praise God for his blessings everyday.

    Laurie Cole says:

    Praise the Lord, we’re NOT alone are we, dear sister?! And I’m so grateful for the opportunity this little blog gives us to “meet” together and encourage one another. Love!

    rickdi@suddenlink.net' Diane says:

    GREAT MESSAGE!!! I turned 60 in August. I can tell you I spent most of age 59 whining about being “old” and what I perceived as my limitations. It was a lie! Once I turned 60, I realized I’m ahead of the game in many ways and still have so much to offer. I have the great blessing of teaching in a Christian school and also teaching as a dance instructor. I have danced all my life, and I was starting to feel like a dinosaur until my birthday. Then I decided to get back into my pointe shoes as a “bucket list” item. I am learning again and having great fun! Some days it is easier than others, but I’m not giving up. God does not want us to give up, so find what it is that gives you joy, continue to study His word, and don’t look at the number as a negative. Do I like the sound of 60? No! But I’m not going to let it keep me from being the best me I can be. Continue to challenge yourself in whatever way that may mean for you, and listen to what the Lord wants you to do. He does not want us to sit down and quit!

    carolwroten@att.net' Carol Wroten says:

    Happy Birthday dear friend, and many more!
    And so glad to hear your mom is doing well.
    Love you, Carol Wroten

    debbieisnj@gmail.com' Debbie Hernandez says:

    Thank you for this message it was very meaningful to me. I’m closer to 60 than 50 now and it does hurt. I retire from my job in 4 years when I am 60 and I am currently seeking God and what he will have me to do when I have more time on my hands. I serve in our Women’s ministry at our church but I am feeling God has something more for me in this area and I am waiting for a Word from Him on what that is going to look like. Thanks for reminding me that no matter your age God wants you to stay in His Word and continue to serve and work d fro Him.

    pixthis@aol.com' Debbie (Bivens) Wichelhaus says:

    Hi Laurie!

    Thank you for those words of encouragement! I’m about to turn 56 in a couple of months and am also questioning, “What now Lord?” My 50s are indeed flying by and have been action packed – from being diagnosed with cancer, then healed, then meeting a wonderful Godly man and actually GETTING MARRIED! Oh my. I never thought that was in the cards for me again. And now it’s been a year and a half… Life is good – and I’m fighting getting older kicking and screaming all the way. Just went skiing for the first time in 12 years and had an absolutely incredible time – and yet as I look in the mirror, I see someone older than I feel! How does that happen?!

    I’m at that stage of what do I need to do next? There are still financial needs, so do I expand my photography and video business (I have cut back this past year to concentrate on our relationship). Is there something else I need to be doing? A different ministry? I know that I am still on this earth for a reason. God put me flat on my back with cancer to get my attention and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. Facing crisis puts your priorities in order! But I’m still here and don’t want to waste a single minute. I also don’t want to fill up my time with “busy-ness” that is meaningless!

    So pray with me – that God will show me what He wants for me to do. I want to share what I’ve learned and never want to stop learning! Thank you for the encouragement!

    And if you haven’t been told lately, you don’t even look close to being 59!
    Love you!
    Debbie

    mom.rose.h@gmail.com' Rose says:

    Amen, Laurie!

    And that’s the first thought that came to mind when I turned 59, too, about 3 years ago.

    I’m so glad God loves to encourage us!

    Your video took me back to a prayer from Psalm 71:18-21. God used it as an answer to a heartfelt conversation I had with Him about how I was feeling at the time. It’s from the NLT with a little of my own paraphrase:

    Heavenly Father,

    “Now that I’m  getting older, and feeling like I’m not needed, do not abandon me, O God.

    Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.

    Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens.

    You have done such wonderful things.

    WHO can compare with you, O God!?

    You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth.

    You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again.”

    Thank You, Lord Jesus! Amen.

    Thank you, Laurie. God’s not finished with us yet!

    dturner612@live.com' Debbie Turner says:

    Hi Laurie,
    I needed encouragement. I Googled 50 year old Christian woman and your name came up!! I loved your message from your Front Porch on Daniel. I will be writing the 3 things you recommended from this on my new prayer vision board I am creating. I moved into a new home and need to refocus my attention to the Lord. I have drifted and felt disconnected. My relationship with my husband has been disjointed lately. We married when I was 52 and you are right the 50’s fly by. I just turned 57. Thank you for the encouragement to study and learn God’s Word. I am excited to challenge myself to open my bible and the study books I had packed away and not unpacked yet in our new house.
    Love,
    Debbie

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