56 not Old.

by Yvette van Niekerk

Agreed the first half of this year 2020 has been hectic, I believe we all have been through enough. COVID 19 has changed history. 

I have been going through a lot this past couple of weeks, I have been struggling with my identity and thinking that I must be ancient. My hair is greying, and I cannot control it, it’s going at such a rate I wonder I should be grey by the end of this year if I do not find a hairdresser.

Mark 12:29-31 (ESV)

29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

This past couple of years have been engaging on my side, accepting myself for who I am isn’t as easy as it sounds. What I lost sight of is that everybody ages no matter what, and life is a circle. I need to accept that I am aging and I do want to age gracefully not becoming an old age. It struck me the “root” of my problem these days is fighting my age. I can’t believe how fast time flies and I still think I am young, but I’ve aged. I am embracing my age, 56 isn’t that old, I am still young and healthy, and I can do many things.

I want to bear good fruits as the Bible says, if I keep on complaining, it might turn out to be rotten fruit, which isn’t my plan. Something I want to get rid of in my garden is rejection, lack of love and acceptance. I want my relationships to prosper and “good fruit” to come forward. I am examining my heart and life, and I want to be kind, loving and a genuinely lovely person. 


Lord God, Father You know me as You have called me by my name. I belong to You. Lord, please remove the root of bitterness, selfishness, rejection and a lack of love and acceptance from my life and heart. Please forgive me if I have been selfish and acted selfishly. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Yvette van Niekerk

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I say I am a Christian wife, an Author, Radio Presenter, a Blogger, a mother, and stepmother, a granny, and a Data Capture and Personal Assistant. I absolutely and unconditionally love the LORD my God, and my husband and children. I love to write devotionals about the Word of God – the Bible. I like to incorporate my feelings and understanding in my blogs. We all face challenges don't we, and for me, it is just as difficult as for the next person. I also get frustrated and irritated and cry, and after everything I have tried, I turn back to God. I seem to learn the hard way, just like a little child always wanting to try it myself before I ask Daddy for help. I would say that I am a people's kind of person, I feel their pain, and I love to laugh with them. I always aspire to see the very best in people, never judging and still considering what they might be facing as people there and then. On meeting people, I always place them in the highest bracket on my scale. I believe the very best of each person. I do hope you love reading my blogs and seeing what I am doing on my web page. In the precious name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I bless you.

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