Getting older gets a bad rap. We worry about extra wounds, graying hair, wrinkles, and sagging skin. But I am turning 49 today, and so I decided now would be a good time to reflect on some of the very real blessings of growing older.
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“I have grown to know who I am and accept the way God made me. I know my strengths, my weaknesses, and what God has called me to with greater clarity than when I was younger.”
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7 Things to Love About Getting Older
I am turning 49 today, and so I decided now would be a good time to reflect on some of the very real blessings of growing older. Here are some of them.
- I know some things.
Whether it be about marriage, motherhood, or work situations, I have gained knowledge and experience that is invaluable to myself and that I can share with others.
- I am comfortable.
I have grown to know who I am and accept the way God made me. I know my strengths, my weaknesses, and what God has called me to with greater clarity than when I was younger.
- I am more patient.
Experience has taught me about what things truly matter in the long run and what things do not. I can see the ways that work pays off and the larger perspective helps me to be more patient in any trial I might currently be facing.
- I love my marriage.
My marriage has changed and grown so much through the years. We are the best we have ever been and I look forward to the future together.
- I enjoy my big kids.
My kids have grown up into human beings I love to spend time with. They can truly be friends to me and I appreciate seeing them turn into the beautiful human beings God made them to be.
- I am more compassionate.
I judge less and love more. Life has a way of teaching you that you don’t know everything, there are no guarantees, and that there are many “right” ways to do many things.
- I know God more.
This is a lot of what I share in my new book, Whisper, but I have grown in my relationship with God and I connect with him in new ways that just were not possible before I had lived this many years.
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Megan Madden is a homeschooling mother with a passion for writing and speaking on authentic femininity and virtuous womanhood. In 2017, she began graduate studies in marriage and family at the International Theological Institute in Austria. After moving to Kraków, Poland to work with university students, Megan more personally continued her research on the complementarity of man and woman, particularly on the question of what it means to be a woman. She delved into the study of renowned Catholic writers on women such as St. Edith Stein, Gertrude von le Fort, Alice von Hildebrand, St. John Paul II, and St. Teresa of Avila.
The results were the development of Megan’s online ministry A Mother’s Lace, as well as speaking opportunities and her book with Ascension: Mary, Teach Me to Be Your Daughter.
Megan lives outside of Oxford, England with her husband, who is a lecturer in theology, and their five children.