Celebrating Another Year of Life
Today is my birthday. I can’t say I have ever mentioned my birthday on my blog before. The past few years I have gotten together with a few friends, but never wanted to do anything significant. From what I recall, the last larger gathering I had with friends was when I turned 25. However, this year changed. I really felt like the Lord was speaking “celebration” over this year and honestly, I have no idea what that all entails, but I do think I should celebrate things more.
My circumstances around me have kept me from celebrating. Loss and death have kept me from celebrating. Another year gone with no babies has kept me from celebrating. The “who cares it’s just another year” attitude has kept me from celebrating. But this year is different. This year I am choosing to celebrate.
I know, I know so many people say birthdays are no big deal. That has been my thought process most years too. But I also know that tomorrow isn’t promised. I know that I should consider every day a gift. I know that so many people, even young people, never get to see their next birthday and because of all of that, I am choosing to not only acknowledge the day, but celebrate it too.
I have felt very self-absorbed as I’ve been talking about my birthday on social media for several days now. It’s made me feel a little uncomfortable. I wondered if I should really have a party just to celebrate me? But, just a few weeks ago we decided to do so and this past Friday night, several friends came over. You know what? The party made me realize just how blessed I am. So often I feel so out of place or like I don’t belong, but Friday night? Friday night all I felt was love from those who came.
So today I am 33. It’s certainly not what I thought it would be. My plan would have included 3 kids at home by now. But, I do know that 33 years is a gift and for that, I am thankful. I am thankful for my Savior. I am thankful for my family, my marriage, my friends, my online community, my ministry and so much more. I am thankful that God has extended me grace over the past 32 years. I’m thankful for the hardships life has brought and the blessings it has brought too. And, I am thankful in advance, for another year ahead.
Here is to 33. I can only hope that there is some related significance between the dream of becoming a mom since I was a little girl and the number 33 being my favorite since I was a little girl too. Ultimately, I don’t know if there is any relation at all, but no matter what this year brings I hope I continue to have the attitude of celebration! It’s much more fun this way!
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