Times flies and I wonder how I accomplished so much in the earlier years.  Perhaps I’ve begun to slow down, and be more intentional with the moments.

The house is destroyed, and though it is difficult to navigate through sea of toys, clothes, and toddlers with every step I take, I know the years pass all too quickly.

In a couple of years my baby will be thirty. Was I really that young when her father and I divorced? I felt so old at the time.

I miss so many moments of her youth, but I don’t have to miss these young ones – an opportunity to try again.

Yes, His mercies are new every morning, of every week, of every year, of every season.  Mercies to allow another chance to restore what the locus have eaten.

Restoration seen in new growth from deep roots, new growth from fallen seed, new growth generated by the storms and the sun, for an inheritance to give to the next generation.

His mercies are opportunities, to give us hope, and encouragement, to try again, as we seek to navigate this terrestrial plain.

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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