Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I have learned . . . . . . .

Today is my 43rd birthday and I have been reflecting on things I have learned over the last 43 years. I know I have not lived long enough to have tons of wisdom, but I just want to document what I do know for sure. I am surprised at how many things I know to be true, as I have become increasingly aware of all the things I don't know!

So, here goes,

I have learned . . . . . . . .

That God is more than enough to meet my every need.

When Jesus saves, it is to the very uttermost that He saves.

That through every heartache, every trauma, every trial, small and earth-shattering, He remains faithful and can be trusted.

These simple truths, God is sovereign, He is wisdom and He is love. Learning these simple truths and applying them to every aspect of life brings great peace.

That God’s hand is in everything! Nothing touches my life that doesn’t pass through His hands first.

I deserve hell, even on my best day, but I have eternal life only by His grace.

My heavenly Father loves me, accepts me, even cherishes me.

My Father can be trusted with my every hope, every dream and every desire; my very heart.

My marriage and my children are THE ministry God has given to me.

My relationship with my husband is the most important relationship I have here on earth.

By serving and honoring my husband I always somehow get blessed a hundredfold.

True intimacy between a husband and wife is indescribable!

My children really and truly are gifts from the Lord, even on bad days.

My children teach me more that I could ever teach them.

Thanking God in all things IS His will for me.

Time really does go by faster than you realize and before you know it you will graduate a child or become a grandma.

That sweet baby smell doesn’t last forever.

Teeny, tiny piggy toes eventually aren’t so fun to kiss and nibble anymore. So gobble them up while you can.

Nursing a baby in the wee hours of the morning while the house is quiet and dark can be one of the most precious and holy times ever!

Friendship with my teens/adult children is better than I thought it would be.

One God-given friend who is totally and utterly on the same spiritual page as you is better than a hundred casual friends.

Every sunrise and sunset should be viewed as a glorious picture God painted just for you today.

His mercies really are new every day!

Taking time to come before His throne for everything is the only thing that I absolutely cannot live without.

I better stop now, I think I could gush on God all day long! As a matter of fact, I think I will, but just not here.

What have you “learned” in the years you have been here on earth? Maybe take the time to record them, someday your children will thank you.

We will not hide them from their children, but we will tell to the generation to come the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonderful works that He has performed. (Ps. 78:4)


The White Family said...
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Valencia said...

I can only hope to have learned all the wisdom you have when I enter my 40's. Happy Birthday!!

Mary at Civilla's Cyber Cafe said...

Happy birthday! Those were great thoughts of wisdom.

Anonymous said...

His mercies really are new every day

Happy Birthday and this is a quote from your list of things you have learned ~ This is great Wisdom ~ not everyone has learned such as this Truth ~

I celebrate with you today and this month birthday celebrations ... I am almost exactly 10 years old than big day is the 16th...Happy Birthday my dear Sister in the LORD

mamma bear said...

"One God-given friend who is totally and utterly on the same spiritual page as you is better than a hundred casual friends."

Thank you for that. And exceeding abundantly blessed are ye when that one God-given friend is your husband!

Happy Birthday to you today!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Happy Birthday! Thanks for blessing us with what you have learned.

Ellen said...

Happy Birthday!
Oh this is just a joy to read....a wonderful idea to record thoughts and such for our children.
Enjoy your day with you family.

Michelle said...

Happy blessed!

busymomof10 said...

Happy Birthday Michelle! I loved your list of treasured snippets of wisdom! It is better to get wisdom than gold or silver, so you have invested wisely in treasure that cannot be taken from you!

Thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog. It was such an Encouragement!!

I hope you enjoyed your special day!