Monday, April 13, 2015

I'm 50? How Did THAT Happen?

It's been quite a while since I last checked in with you, but I wanted to say hello today. It's my 50th birthday! And I don't quite know how it happened!

On the way to church on the last day of my forties!
I've gotten quite sappy in the weeks leading up to my birthday. My natural tendency is to be emotional and sentimental (I love nothing better than looking at old pictures and talking about old memories!), so of course the approach of my 50th birthday turned my thoughts toward sentimental things. Here are some of my thoughts lately:

1. Time really does fly. I have a hard time believing I'm actually 50 years old. It seems like just a week or two ago I was a teen girl meeting the boy who would become my husband, then getting married and having my babies. Those years flew by. Then I had small children, then teenagers, now young adults. I clearly remember being the ages my children are now. Yet here I am, already 50. Most likely, there is more time behind me than there is ahead of me (that's a sobering thought!). So I've resolved to enjoy every day of my 50s. Revel in them. Live them intentionally. Because they will go just as fast as the other four decades of my life have gone.
"Whereeas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." James 4:14
I really was a baby!
2. Enjoy every season. Life happens in cycles. There will be up times and down times. Times of sickness and times of health. Times of smooth sailing and times of storms. That's just the way life is. Life also has seasons. I was a child. I was a teenager. I was a new bride. I was a young mother. I was a mother of toddlers. I was a mother of grade-schoolers. I was the mother of teens. I worked outside the home. I was an assistant-pastor's wife. I am a pastor's wife. I have learned to enjoy each season for its own joys and pleasures. I loved having my little babies, but I enjoyed their school years, and I am loving them as adults. I've been a mother, and now I get to be a grandmother. Each season is short, and each season has its own joys, so I want to enjoy them fully.
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:" Ecclesiastes 3:1
Age 3, with my two grandmothers, who, incidentally, were 50 and 51 at that time!
3. Live each day to its fullest. This might go along with the previous thought, but it's more tuned in to individual days. I've learned to live in the moment, as Jim Elliot said: “Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” The days are going by so quickly; I want to enjoy each one completely!
"And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God." Ecclesiastes 3:13
Age 5. I loved having my picture taken. Obviously.
4. What doesn't matter doesn't matter. It doesn't matter what people think, what kind of house you live in, how much education you have, how much money you make. People matter. Your relationship with God matters. Very little else does. I want to live by priorities, and when I list them, do you know what the top ones are? My God, my husband, my children . . . it's all about relationships, not things.
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." Ecclesiastes 12:13
In high school, 11th grade, the year I met Wesley
5. Learn all you can. Not all learning takes place in a  classroom. You can learn by reading, studying, talking with people, observing people and situations, reading the Bible, listening to Bible-based preaching . . . there is no end to learning, and we all have something new we can learn. What better time to learn new things than after 50?!
"A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:" Proverbs 1:5
A bride!
6. Be yourself. This has been a hard lesson to learn, but as I get older, I realize more often that there is no one else that I can be. God made me; He made my physical appearance, my personality, my strengths and weaknesses. There is no need to try to be like anyone else. Nothing I can do will make God love me any more or any less, so I can relax and be myself.
"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." Psalm 139:14

14 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, Susan!!!

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  2. Happy happy Birthday, Susan!!!! i hope your day was extra special! The first photo you posted as a baby looks just like Sam! I enjoyed your post.

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    1. Thanks, Deb! I never noticed that that picture looks like Sam, but now that mention it, it does. And he looks a lot like my dad did at the age Sam is now, so that makes sense!

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  3. I turned 60 last September and I feel the way you do...how did that happen?? Happy Birthday!

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    1. Hi, Debby! Do we know each other already? You seem familiar! I went to your blog and was so blessed by its beauty that I subscribed to it. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better (and I love that little package you won recently - sweet!). Thanks for the birthday wishes!

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  4. Great thoughts! I agree with all of them, especially that there is something to be enjoyed at every stage and season of life.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! If you look at life in stages or seasons, there's always more to look forward to. Enjoy that grandbaby's birthday today! He's a cutie!

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  5. Happy Birthday! I enjoyed your photos, and you are right on every point yiu made.

    It goes fast, I am 57 but sometimes feel like I am still 22.

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    1. Ain't that the truth?! It goes fast, and I don't feel like I would have expected to at 50. I feel about the same as I did in my 20s. With a little less energy! Thank you for the birthday wishes!

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  6. Happy Birthday! I've been thinking about a post along these same lines. It might show up in the next couple of days. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thanks, Tabiatha! Do write a post; I'd love to read it!

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  7. Happy, happy birthday, Susan! Hope it was a wonderful day for you!

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Thanks for taking a minute to read my ramblings and leave a comment! I appreciate it!

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