What Does Your Nest-Emptying Midlife Phase Include?

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Yesterday was devoted to driving my 23 year old car-less daughter around.  She had another job interview.  Her boyfriend was with us, so he and I walked the dog and shopped in the meantime.  

Later, I drove her back to her apartment, a 1.5-hr drive to the north, where she's wrapping up her current job contract.  We had dinner out, a stop off at the shopping plaza, and then I made the long 1.5 hr journey back home arriving at 11:30 pm.  

Had I not been a freelance worker with my own time to manage, she would not have been so fortunate to have me help out.  Now I sit with the return of a chronic back pain that seemed missing yesterday--another trial of my midlife journey. Today is mine to spend as I wish. I can get back to writing, creating art, chores, exercise, and whatever else I desire.  

Tomorrow will be gobbled up in another way.  Tomorrow I'll be driving 45 minutes to the south to pick up my mother and take her to her appointment.  I'll most likely stay overnight to supervise her well-being. 

Are you in a phase like this?  Some call it the "sandwich generation."

Midlife Season 

It seems to be a season of taking each day as it comes and responding. 

We can easily feel taken advantage of.  We can feel like servants, but as Christian midlife women we consider Col. 3:23

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, 
as working for the Lord, not for human masters,"

and Phil 2:13

"So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, 
not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, 
work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 
for it is God who is at work in you, 
both to will and to work for His good pleasure. 
Do all things without grumbling or disputing;…"

I've often been perturbed about our midlife nest-emptying phase not being spelled out for us. Perhaps this is our next phase assignment--being available for who needs us, when they need us.  

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