Wow. I'm 50-years-old today. Half a century! I'm shaking my head and trying to believe this fact. I still feel 25, only happier and way more content. More energetic, also.
I remember in the fourth grade when our teacher gave us this math problem: figure-out how old you will be in the year, 2000. So I did the math and gasp! Figured that I'd be nearly 41. I thought, "How awful! I'll be too old to enjoy the new century."
Ah youth. ツ
My hardest birthday (the only hard one, really) was when I turned 29, for I felt sad that this would be my final year in my 20's. That decade had been full of surprises and changes, most of them huge and most of them Good. I thought no other decade could feel like that one.
Ah silly, shortsightedness.
Although, yes, my 30's were, partially, rough. So much shaking by God! It was like He shook me so that all sorts of scales and junk would fall from me. But you know? Even in the midst of all that, His comfort and love were real like never before. His amazing presence and peace made up for anything hard.
My 40's--now that was one awesome decade! Ten amazing years of feeling nearness to God and experiencing new freedoms from caring too much what other people think. During my 40's it's as though I awoke to Living Beside God with all the sweetness and friendship that He gives.
And now? Why should I dread any new decade? Each one seems to improve. Each one offers new gifts, new insights and new delights. So let this encourage those of you who may be growing older, too.
"Oh taste and see that the Lord, He is good."
"You're not 40, you're eighteen with 22 years experience." ~Author Unknown
The above photo is how I like to pretend I still look. Pretend along with me, ok?
Oh wow... God gave me geese for my birthday! This morning for the first time I saw geese land on our 'lake.' Oh how I love geese! I've been known to race down the stairs and out of the house when I hear them honking in the skies above.