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Today is my 40th birthday.  Let me be honest: I’ve thought a lot about this day and the number 40. I know women who’ve stressed out and flipped out over turning 40 years old.  I’ve seen women go through their midlife crisis by purchasing sports cars and a younger, hipper wardrobe.  But as I think about this number, this age, I just want to say that I feel blessed.

I’m thankful for what I once was – a teenager, a college student, a young wife, a young mother, a young career woman.  I’m thankful for the mistakes I made, the obstacles I overcame, and the choices that led me to where I am now.

 

I’m thankful for where I am now in my life: a mother to 3 sons, a pastor’s wife and military spouse, a teacher, and a writer.

 

I’m thankful for where God is leading me. I have no idea what His plans are for me, but over these forty years, I do know this: God is good and wherever He leads, I’ll go!

 

My first forty years have not been perfect.  I’ve struggled to be the daughter, sister, and friend I’ve been called to be.  I’ve failed to be an A+ teacher.  I’ve lost my temper with my children, and supposedly, one time I even stuck my tongue out at my husband.  During my first forty years, I’ve experienced financial difficulty, sick children, health scares, miscarriage, and deployment.  I’ve been hurt by those I’ve loved. I’ve been accused of doing things or being someone I’m not.  But in all of those valleys, God has proven His faithfulness, His goodness, and His mercy.

 

Y’all God is so good!  That’s why I’m celebrating.  I’m celebrating how He chose me and created me for a purpose. I’m celebrating how He has worked miracles in my life. I’m celebrating how He has used me to further his kingdom.  I’m celebrating that He isn’t done with me yet.  I am so unworthy of God’s love and grace, yet He bestows it upon me anyway.  I’ve failed the Lord so many times in so many ways, yet He has remained faithful and true.

 

I refuse to allow Satan to convince me that turning 40 is the end of the world.  I know differently, because I know Jesus!  And with that, I’d like to give you a gift.  I’m giving you scripture that should encourage you, lift you, and remind you how wonderful our God is.  So, whatever birthday you will be celebrating, whatever season of life you’ve found yourself in, remember this: This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24.

You are complete in Him. Colossians 2:10

 

I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. Philippians 4:11

 

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
Psalm  9:1-2

 

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

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