By Patti Johnson

Patti has been volunteering with Care for Pastors with The Confidante for Pastors’ Wives for 7 years after she and her husband received counsel from Care for Pastors as a way to give back to the ministry. She joined the Care for Pastors staff in January 2020. Patti is one of the administrators of The Confidante Private Facebook group for pastors' wives and is a regular contributor to weekly blogs. She loves to use her gifts and abilities to support the needs of the ministry. Patti has been married to her Pastor husband Keith for 36 years. They have 3 adult children who all to their delight live in Florida.

    Aging Faithfully

    Monday, May 27, 2024

    Our youngest daughter recently celebrated her 29th birthday. In talking with her the morning of her birthday, she remarked, “I think I have used my decade of the 20s well.” We agreed. She had been purposeful with her education, her relationships, her finances, her friendships, her jobs and ultimately choosing a career path she would follow. She became a graduate of nursing school, a wife, a sought-after employee, a friend and daughter in times of joys and grieving, a homeowner…

    If it is possible to be aware that you have done well with your time in your 20s, how much more should we, as we grow older and hopefully wiser, be aware of how we spend our time? As we age physically, should we not age faithfully as well?

    That is the title and subject of this book Aging Faithfully by Alice Frying.

    She points out that we prepare for almost every other event in life, and we do it faithfully to make sure we are getting it right. But what about aging? Does it sneak up on us? Another decade has gone by, and we can’t answer the question, “Have I aged well these past years?”

    Alice takes us along in her own experience as she asks and answers some of those questions we may be asking or may not think to ask. God uses us in life until our last breath is taken, and even beyond, if we have been mindful of the legacy we are leaving behind. Were we faithful to age well?

    Grab a notebook, a pen, and a comfortable chair. This book is not long, but it is full of things you will want to remember and apply to your own life. I am reading it with my husband and with several friends as we explore aging faithfully together.

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