This past Sunday, I ran into one of my favorite mentors at church. Her name is Marjorie Drew. She’s 91-years-old and full of Jesus. As we caught up with one another, we enjoyed the The Most Blessed Conversation and sweet fellowship.
The older Marjorie gets, the more I see Jesus in her beautiful countenance and sparkling blue eyes. God consistently reveals His love, His power, and His faithfulness to me through her, and I always leave her presence encouraged in Christ.
Marjorie regularly practices three spiritual disciplines. They are the very same ones the prophet Daniel practiced, and if you you watched last week’s Front Porch Friday, you know what they are. But just in case you missed it, you will find all three disciplines in Daniel 9:2-3. Take a look:
“I, Daniel, was studying the writings of the prophets. I learned from the word of the LORD, as recorded by Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting.” Daniel 9:2-3 NLT
Daniel was 80+ years old when he wrote those words. 80+!!!
And these are the three disciplines he (and Marjorie) faithfully practiced well into their latter years:
Daniel did not head to the sidelines of life and ministry at age 55, 65, 75, or 80, and aren’t you glad?!
God used 80+-year-old Daniel to unlock the Scriptures for future generations of believers, like us, enabling us to understand the unfolding of God’s timeline and the glorious second coming of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Daniel and Marjorie’s age did not depress or deter them from living productive and purposeful lives well into their latter years.
And it should not deter or depress us either.
Precious sister, whether you’re young or old or anything in between, as long as you walk with God, He will empower you for His purpose.
Practice the three disciplines, and watch God use you, too.
P. S. No Front Porch Friday tomorrow. I’m heading to Pennsylvania for a weekend women’s retreat at Hanover First Church of God in in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Please pray for me and especially for every woman who will be at the retreat. Love!