Birthdays are the Best
Last Tuesday was my 49th birthday. Yep, I'm officially an old chick. If it comes as a surprise that I put my real age in the first sentence of this entry, you need to know a little secret. I'm grateful for every year that God gives me.
When I was 25 years old, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and the next day I found out that I had malignant melanoma. Going through surgery, post-op infection and a long recovery was a daunting task at 25. Add in a newborn and a four-year-old, and it was a pretty scary time. God guided me through each step and with the help of my family, I was back to normal in a few months time.
Never again will I take for granted another birthday; another year of life. Never again will I complain about getting older. Since then, I love celebrating another year with a big, noisy birthday party. Yes, my hair is gray and I've got more wrinkles than a Shar-Pei puppy, and I'm loving every minute of this messy, loud blessed life that God has given me.
Today, I had a completely unique adventure. I went to my favorite Ark City salon, Shear Success, and got my hair and makeup done. Girlish whim, you ask? No, I had my first professional photo shoot this afternoon. The pictures should be ready in a few weeks, so watch my blog and Facebook page for a glimpse. Special thanks to Erica Hadorn at Shear Success for the makeover and Kalaina Seidel at Candid Moments Photography for sharing her talent.
Reading through the church bulletin on Sunday, I came across this verse:
I Peter 5:10 (KJV)
"But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you."
This has been rattling around in my crazy little brain ever since I read it. Those phrases: "suffered a while," "make you perfect" and "settle you." I don't think He means that we will be loaded down with trials and tribulation, but that our life here on earth is hard and sin-filled. Also, suffering won't make us "perfect," but it will perfect (or mature) our faith in God. Settling my heart, my mind and my very busy nerves sounds heavenly to me.
Female in Motion Exercise Update: I did three aerobic workouts last week. I want to try and increase that by one more on a regular basis. I will be taking a trip in April that will require a lot of walking, and I want my endurance to be tip-top.
"Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again."--Menachem Mendel Schneerson