First of all, how many women approaching forty have you ever heard say they enjoy having birthdays. I know I am an exception to the norm but I usually am in most things, so just include this as well. In exactly 2 months I will be 39 years old, and it’s not going to be traumatic.
Each year I get older, I notice so much positive change in me. First of all I notice how wiser I have gotten on so many levels, especially dealing with circumstances out of my control and patience with people. I think we can all agree that we are not the same person we were when we were 20 and so grateful for that.
“Do not regret getting older. It’s a privilege denied to many.” – unknown
I strongly believe that you get to a point in your life where you better be happy with whom you are or frankly you will never be happy. I like to sit back and think of where I am each birthday and am grateful for all the undeserved favor that God continues to pour into my life.
Now, when I face adversity I always try and make sure I learn something from it and grow spiritually from it. For example, 10 weeks ago on Memorial Day Weekend I pulled a groin muscle playing basketball with my husband. I never imagined it would take over 10 weeks to heal. Just these pass 2 days I really had a breakthrough with the pain and can finally see the days of me limping every time I walk coming to an end. But, if I hadn’t pressed through other tough times in life I would have been an anxious, impatient wreck the last 10 weeks. Instead, I have become more focused, positive, and encouraging to others. Only difficult circumstances could have taught me this.
Through this trial I have learned to pray for others even though I needed a miracle. Getting up in the morning and praying for other people’s needs, I am convinced is what let me stay so peaceful these last few weeks. I remembered the scripture in James 56:10 that states, “So then, confess your sins to one another and PRAY for one another, so that you will be healed. The prayer of a good person has a powerful impact.” God made sure I was aware of someone else’s need each day.
So when I turn 39 in September I will be thinking back on this last year of my life, grateful for every difficulty, victory, breakthrough, milestone, and new season that God allowed me to experience. Because without it I wouldn’t be who I am today, a truly content and appreciative human being.