Lisa-Jo Baker
About the Author

Lisa-Jo is the best-selling author of Never Unfriended and Surprised by Motherhood. Her newest book, The Middle Matters: Why That (Extra)Ordinary Life Looks Really Good on You invites us to get a good look at our middles and gives us permission to embrace them.

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  1. Lisa-Jo,
    A good friend of mine who is in their late 20’s remarked about how this first half of the year has flown by. I remarked, “Just wait until you’re my age, instead of days flying off the calendar, whole years fly off at a time.” I do believe that as we age, time speeds up. All the more reason to be intentional about “seeing” the day and declaring with conviction, “This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.” I admit that some days I’m not in a rejoicing kind of mood, but then I realize the fact that I just woke up is a blessing. I have food in my fridge and clothes in my closet, and that makes me rich by the world’s standards. If we look around, God has tucked, what I like to call “God-winks”, into each of our days. As I type this, the sky is morphing into a pink-purple sunrise that is stunning. Praise for eyes to see this. Praise for bodies that move in order to comically try the latest dance trend. Praise for the gift of laughter to enjoy the “funny” in life. There is beauty in the beginning, middle, and end. We just need to look for it. Great post!
    Bev xx
    Bev xx

    • Amen and Amen, Bev!!

      I’m past middle age (yet I can’t believe how old I am!) and on the downward slide….almost to social security…then a few years to Medicare etc etc….yet I’m happy in this ‘middle’ space. Time does fly the older you get and nothing will slow it down or stop it. I’m blessed beyond measure for many, many things. To be able to watch a grand baby every day – the joy of seeing him grow and change daily – I’ll gladly take payment in smiles and giggles! God is so faithful and good to us. I hope I tell Him enough how grateful I am and how much I love Him….

      I relate to so many of the authors’ posts, and I so enjoy your comments – you are wise and wonderful!

      Blessings Lisa-Jo!!

  2. Both of you are so right on… ‘
    in the blink of an eye we have moved into a new phase of life, and soon we are wondering where did the time , and all the other phases go? Carpe diem… Seize the day for the Lord hath made it!
    Those walks and waits at the bus stop are part of the tapestry of your life, and your children’s as well. There is always something new around the corner, even as we are looking back!

  3. love it ! that captures my heart and the way I think. I love to see the little things. on a beautiful day I looked up to see a cotton candy sky..literally blue pink and yellow. a gift for our day but then as I look down I see such busy people rushing in cars..all over missing all that God created.
    middle years are wonderful, that’s when we finally get that we don’t have to be constantly perfect ! I love how you dance with your kids at the bus stop !! middle age is where we don’t acknowledge others critical judgements but love our lives daily !!!
    keep having fun and enjoy the days !

  4. Loved this piece. I need that t-shirt too!! I’m a bit past the “middle” of my life…,but you are so right, looking for the glory in each day is the key to happiness.

  5. I had a 21-hour day on Saturday full of happy happy scurry scurry that ended it what I’ve come to call ‘the gloaming’ part of the day, where the scurry is over and the jammies are on and the deep things are spoken of and we revel in the grace that God has granted us in such huge handfuls: all the feels about all the middles. Loved this!

  6. Lisa-Jo,

    Do not feel bad. I tried the flossing dance today in my living room & forget it. Doing it slowly sure, but put it to fast music & I get tangled up. You are so right on. I wake up realizing I’m 54 & half or more of my life is gone. Where did it go? 10 years were spent working & caring for aging parents. Now that they are gone I have in-laws to care for some. Mostly I’m free. I’m seeing & seizing the day for God. Use my extra time to volunteer with Relay for Life (Cancer), help out at church, do Bible studies & once a month do a “Feed the multitude.” Our church makes the desserts (homemade). Then I help clean up & take casseroles to in-laws & neighbor. Like you I’m learning to embrace this time of life. Enjoy & savor all the gifts God has given us. Last night I saw a most beautiful sunset. Not worrying about what the scale says, how I look or each mistake I make. It is all a part of this life God gave me. I’m working on leaving a legacy behind. I want my dash to count for something. Yes to embracing the middle of life, faith, hope & dreams. P.S. Loved your new book!! You are a great writer!!

    Blessings 🙂

  7. This. Is. Wealth. Amen, my friend. These middle moments matter so much. Thanks for the encouragement not to rush past them, but to embrace them for the gift they are. xx

  8. “I drive this road every day, infinity times a day it seems, but somehow walking it slows me down and helps me see better.”

    I love how you help me see, friend. I love taking a walk with you through your story and discovering glory in the ordinary.

    Glory in the ordinary. That’s the gospel.

    Your stories tune me in to God’s heartbeat in ways that often bring unexpected tears to my eyes.

    Thank you for sharing your walk and your words with us. #ThisIsWealth

  9. Oh what a life it has been! I am the youngest of 7 and so excited today to celebrate this life with my 2 remaining siblings in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Our family spends a couple days every other year just being us and being grateful for the gift of family. I’m one of the older family ones now with passing of those sisters. Once I was a baby of this family. Seeing my children and their cousins be in the “middle “is such a blessing. And more importantly it gives me a chance to remind them that God, Family, and Friends are what counts. And I live the words Carpe Diem!! Seize the day, find Glory in the ordinary! Praise Jesus and pass Grammas sugar cookies!!!