Somewhere around the midpoint of life, the questions begin.

  • Am I on track with my goals? Or am I playing catch up?
  • Should I make changes to my life?
  • How am I doing in my marriage?
  • How am I doing as a parent?

“Middle age” is often defined by age – somewhere between 40 and 60 – but it is also defined by stage. Some women feel like they’re in midlife in their early 30s because their children are older than other moms their age. Other moms start their families later in life. Either way, an internal barometer nudges you and you get start feeling, “I’m not at the beginning anymore. I’m in the middle.”

Sometime, mid-life can become a time when questions turn into confusion which turns into despair which spirals into unusual or irrational behavior. But mid-life can be a healthy transition where you assess what’s good or bad, what’s working and what should be changed, and then moving forward to the next stage of life into what God has prepared for you.

That’s a much healthier approach than the stereotypical “midlife crisis.” There’s no reason to “flee our youth,” but there’s no reason to hang on to it desperately, either.

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