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Better with Age

“O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do. Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.”1

As long as I can remember, I have been part of a Christian church community. My faith as an 8-year-old girl was strong, and there was no doubt in my mind that God heard and answered every one of my prayers. God taught me great things and showed himself to me in ways that were needed to impact a child’s life in amazing ways! I know that God showed himself so tangibly to me as a child because he knew the road that was ahead. I was going to need to draw on every bit of that faith and strength to get through some really difficult times in my teenage and college years.

During the years when I faced pain and struggles, I thought I couldn’t bear, there were times when I would pray to God and ask for him to take me home. I longed to be with Him because I knew that it was there that everything would be alright. In my times of depression, I know that it was God who heard my every cry and although it took some time, God restored my joy completely and reenergized my faith. Little did I know that this would be just what I needed to endure the loss of a child that would come later in my life. Although the pain of losing my baby was overwhelming at times, God taught me so much through that process! Through every season, through every trial, through the joy and through the pain, God has never stopped showing himself to me in new ways.

The relationship I have with God today is literally that of a best friend. I start randomly talking to him at different times of my day just to update him on the happenings of life! My prayer every day is that he would continue teaching and guiding me so that I can lead my children in His ways and reach others for Him. I know that if He is the one going before me, I can only get better with age!

Suggested prayer: Dear God, thank you for being my faithful friend. In every season you have taught me life-changing lessons and brought me closer to you. Use me to proclaim your power and miracles to those who come after me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

1.    Psalm 71:17-18 (NLT).


Today’s Encounter was written by: Crystal B.

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