Monday, January 31, 2011

It's my birthday.....

and I can ramble if I want to! Today, I turn 39. Why is this a significant age for me? It is an age my mother never got to see. Read my post about turning 38 here for a refresher.

I walked through that door, not by my own strength or luck, but by God's grace. He has given me another year and for that, I am truly thankful. It's the best birthday gift I could receive, I truly do not need anything more.

How have I handled this past year....I guess for the truth you would have to ask my family. It was kind of surreal, but not all-consuming. It made me realize I need to work on slowing down and appreciating all the gifts in my life - my family, my friends, my health, and most of all, my faith. Did I perfect this - nope, I'm still a work in progress!

I do not make New Year's Resolutions....I wait until the last day of January to take stock of my life. So this year, I am focusing on being more grateful in the midst of all circumstances.

So here's to my last year in my 30's.....for me, turning 40 next year won't be so bad....just another door to go through that I will be grateful for when the time comes.

"11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:11-13


Alison said...

Happiest of Birthdays Paula! I hope this year will be brim full of blessing and joy for you.

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday Dear Friend!!!!

I think the 40's are great...a great time to grow in the Lord yet enjoy the blessing of experiences in growing with the Lord!

Thanking God for you! Love you!