31 Days - I Loved My Forties!
I really did.
I felt like in my forties, I just let go of those voices in your head that say "you should", "you're not", "you'll never" "why can't you be like" etc.
I gave myself to serving my God and my family, and anyone else He brought our way.
I accepted that in some areas of my life I had made different choices than many people, and that makes people uncomfortable. I accepted that not everyone was going to like me. I accepted that God wanted to use me to encourage others.
I felt confident, really, in our decisions about how we were raising our future adults, how we decided to do church, what we would be involved with.
There is a peace that comes with this kind of mindset. We could look at a potential activity and see if it fit with what we were doing. If not, we just opted out, without guilt. My kids were not scarred by it!
Well, not scarred too badly, anyway....
I have lived intentionally in my forties and I intend to continue to live that way.
I realized that I cannot change people. Only God can do that. I can encourage, though, and I can teach, I can lead by example, I can love, I can train the outward behavior. We can read all the books and implement all the great ideas, but it really comes down to walking with God MYSELF and share what He's teaching me with my kids and those whom the Lord brings my way.
In this next decade of life - which so many of you said you were enjoying - I intend to continue on with the life that He's given me. It may not be perfect but it's the life he has given to me to live.
What about you? Are you living the life He's given you to live? Are you enjoying your season?
*All photos taken at my birthday dinner