they are worth it


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I know everyone is excited to read this blog because of its amazing title!!!  I woke up at 4:30 a.m.; primarily, because I rarely sleep through the night anymore. I decided I might as well be fruitful.

Usually, when I wake up in the night I have my devotions, allowing the Lord to cover me with His love and blessing.  In due time, I will go back to sleep and feel fulfilled and loved by God.

Some say this is due to age, and maybe it is.  I am grateful for this time, because the night is quiet and allows me to concentrate in a very special way.

I do notice with age, I have more aches and pains, but I am still able to walk through an airport, stand, and speak for six hours when necessary.  I can still laugh and love my family.  I can make phone calls, write letters to someone who needs it, and share a meal with a friend.  I even run up and down the 2 flights of stairs at work.

I think one of the secrets to aging is to concentrate on what you can do instead of looking at the losses and the pain.  I was just reading Jesus Calling, one of my favorite devotional books of my life time, and Sarah Young, the author said that “as our bodies are getting weaker our inner man is growing and becoming stronger in our love and commitment to Jesus.”  What an amazing way to look at the aging process – weaker on the outside and stronger on the inside.

There are many times in my life now when I cry with gratitude for all the ways the Lord has blessed me.  I am not a person of great means, but I am a person who has been allowed and able to love so many who needed it so desperately.  Loving them has made me stronger and better as a person.  I always go into those situations thinking I am helping them, and then I am changed in the journey.

When we push through in life, rather than deciding that we have done enough, or that we are unable to do anything more, our lives continue to be vibrant and full.

These days I need help with my luggage because of my back and shoulder.  I need help with my yard, which is small, but wonderful, as well as other things such as climbing ladders. I am grateful for family, friends, and neighbors who come to my aid.

I often get out of bed with pain and sometimes need to sit down because of the pain, but I am so grateful and decide to push through in order to love one more person or to share a message that has the possibility of changing lives.

When we want it bad enough, we can generally find a way to make it happen.  I am so grateful for people who have and continue to support and believe in me, helping me when they are able.  I am so grateful for being given the gift of parents and an incredible husband who encouraged and loved me.  I am grateful for my children and grandchildren who do all they can to care for me.  I am also grateful for each of you, because you inspire me and matter to me.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and keep on pushing through.  Maybe we will be sharing God’s love until we are 100 or so!!!!



Anne Pierson is the Director of Ministry Services for Loving and Caring, Inc., a national ministry whose mission is to provide resources, training, and encouragement to life-affirming people and organizations.

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  1. Amy Easter Mangum says:

    Had you on my heart with your anniversary being tomorrow and then seeing and reading your blog. Thx for this inspiring message. You continue to challenge me with your faithful, loving example and wonderful, uplifting insights. May God’s deep, deep love continue to wash over you and meet your every need. You are very precious to me! Love, Amy “I AM the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with Me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant.” John15:5 MSG

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