You know, time has a way of moving quickly
and catching you unaware of the passing years.
It seems just yesterday that I was a young girl,
just married and embarking on my new life
with my husband.

And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago,
and I wonder where all the years went.
I know that I lived them all...
and I have glimpses of how it was back then
and of all my hopes and dreams.
and it catches me by surprise.
 How did I get here so fast?
 Where did the years go
 and where did my babies go?

I remember well...
seeing older people through the years
and thinking that those older people
were years away from me and that winter
was so far off that I could not fathom it
or imagine fully what it would be like.
here it is...husband retired yesterday
and he's really getting gray...he moves slower
 and I see an older man now.
 He's in much better shape than me,
 but I see the great change.

Not the one I married who was dark and young
and strong... but, like me, his age is beginning
to show and we are now those older folks
that we used to see and never thought we'd be.

Each day now, I find that just getting
a shower is a real target for the day!
And taking a nap is not a treat anymore...
it's mandatory cause if I don't
on my own free will...
I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so, now I enter into this new season
of my life unprepared for all the aches
and pains and the loss of strength
and ability to go and do things.
at least I know that
 though the winter has come...
and I'm not sure how long it will last...
this I know, that when it's over,
I will enjoy the Spring in the
arms of my loving Father
and wait for my loved ones
to come when their winter is over too.

So, if you're not in your winter yet...
let me remind you that
it will be here faster than you think.
So, whatever you would like
to accomplish in your life
please do it quickly!

Remember that scripture..."our life
is but a vapor, it vanishes away"...
So, do what you can today,
because you can never be sure
whether this is your winter or not!

You have no promise that you will see
all the seasons of your life.
So, live for the Lord today
and say all the things that you want

your loved ones to remember