First of all I want to thank all of you who came by yesterday and prayed for my sister and our family. To those who left comments, thanks so much for the verbal support. My sister said to tell you all thank you too! It is so wonderful to have such a wonderful network of friends who care and who band together to lift us up, encourage and support in times of need.
Now on to today.
Today is my birthday. Today I turn 40. Today I am embracing 40!
It’s strange in some ways. If I live a normal life and die of old age, then my life is about half over. And what have I done with that half of my life? Will anything I’ve accomplished really matter in God’s grand design of things? Have I lived for Him and done the best I could to influence the world I live in for Him? Sobering really.
My husband turned 40 five years ago. So for the past 5 years I’ve thought a lot about this milestone. In some ways it felt like I was already 40 since he was. So I’ve had 5 years to contemplate and come to terms with turning 40. And I’m EMBRACING 40!
2 weeks ago I brought home this great new jewelry all designed and made by my friend Stacy. The first one I grabbed was the necklace with the 40 on it. What better way to embrace the number than to get some new bling to celebrate it?! The ‘F’ I already had but think it goes very well with the ones I got from Stacy. I’m loving the look of layering the necklaces made from vintage hardware, silver, and jewels.
40 kind of is a big deal. Like I already said, I’ve probably lived about half my life now. So I’m now on the down side of life – headed toward the finish line. I have aches and pains I didn’t have 10 years ago. I cannot keep going as long as I did 10 or even 5 years ago. I can’t pull all nighters like I once did! My natural hair color has a lot of gray in it – I’ve been covering that for 7 years now. And I’m not ashamed of that! I can’t see as well as I once did – even with my contacts. I have to adjust the distance I hold something to read it if the print is too small. Bifocals or reading glasses are probably in my very near future.
Despite the things that may be classified as not so nice about turning 40 I’m still embracing it! Because there are some wonderful things about this decade. For me – I have much more self confidence than I did at 30. I have more courage to get out there and pursue the things I want to do than I did at 30. I went to an auction all by myself recently. I never would have done that at 30. (I had a total blast buying great stuff at that auction by the way!) Just 2 years ago I began paperwork to turn my sewing, crafting, painting into a real business. I never would have done that at 30. There is a maturity and wisdom that has been accumulated at age 40 that you just don’t have at 30. I’m embracing it!
My sister had planned to be here this week for my 40th birthday. I mentioned that in yesterday’s post when I asked for prayers for her. Have you heard people say that they thought about doing something but didn’t? And someone else says ‘Oh well, it’s the thought that counts.’ This is one scenario that ‘it’s the thought that counts’ will have to do. I think the shots and the meds are helping my sister with the pain and we are praying that by controlling the pain she can heal and get back to normal soon. I miss her, it would have been so fun to have her and her kids here but God had other plans.
Today I’m headed out to garage sales in my little town! I have a list of the ones I want to get to first. My teenager has voice lessons in the afternoon and the other two have gymnastics in the evening. Emma is going to my Mom’s after her voice lessons – they have some things cooked up for a party on Friday night so she’s going over to help get it all together. It’s really fun to have a teenager who gets into putting together a party for me
So that’s my plans for the day. But of course it’s all ‘Lord willing’. He may have other plans. I’ll trust Him – He knows best.
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