Beginning next week we dive into what are commonly referred to as the Five Solas. Today, however, we take a break from meatier fare. It’s my birthday! Today I officially enter that quick slide toward 30 – and I’m okay with that. The few fine lines and the many white hairs that have graced me aren’t bothersome. While I do have a lasting affection for Peter Pan and have worked at maintaining childlike aspects, growing older is pretty nice. I’m glad that I’m here to see another year. Thus, the following list of 28 things that I have come to embrace over the course of 28 years:
1. Jesus loves me. This I know. Psalm 139.
2. I love Him more today than I did yesterday.
3. Learning doesn’t have to be fun. Some of the most lasting lessons are the hard ones.
4. Curly hair is a good thing.
5. So are brown eyes.
6. Sleeping next to my husband is entertaining.
7. I’m not perfect.
8. My family isn’t perfect.
9. My friends aren’t perfect.
10. Babies are hilarious.
11. I am attracted to neurotic dogs.
12. It’s important to find beauty in each day.
13. It’s also important to laugh.
14. And to shrug off mistakes.
15. “Mary Poppins” is still my favorite movie.
16. I really need to go back to London.
17. Soft sweatpants and tank tops are essential.
18. It’s time to start writing that book. The one I keep dreaming about but have been too afraid to begin.
19. My husband is amazing.
20. I have no desire to do anything crafty. Other people can knit, sew, cook, etc. I am happy to purchase the fruit of their labors!
21. Nail polish contributes greatly to my happiness.
22. Going to counseling was one of the best decisions I ever made.
23. I can’t do all the things that other people can do. I can’t pretend to have the energy to run here, there and everywhere. I can only do what God made me to do. That’s enough.
24. People who truly love you don’t expect you to please them all the time. Those who do have this expectation don’t really want to be pleased.
25. I am hyper-organized. This calms me.
27. I don’t have to be everyone’s best friend.
and a bonus:
29. Drink lots of water, take vitamins, establish a sleep schedule. In other words, taking care of myself means that I can help take care of other people. God never asked me or anyone else to play the martyr game.
May you have a blessed day, dear reader! Feel free to share some things about yourself in a comment. I would love to get to know you better.