Life as Usual
On the eve of turning thirty, life didn’t move any faster or slower than normal. The kids still squabbled, teeth were still brushed, books were read, and goodnight hugs were given. On the eve of turning thirty, I felt much the same as always. My jeans were a little tighter but my heart was full of love. On the eve of turning thirty, I realized that 30 isn’t so bad. I’ve been joking for a full year about whether or not I’d have a mental breakdown when I turned thirty. While this was all in good fun, the changes that I’ve experienced in the last five years are phenomenal. I got a bit introspective and here’s what I discovered.
At 30 I am more confident than I’ve ever been before.
I am sure of my path in life as well as the purpose God has for me in raising my babies and being a helpmate to my husband.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
At 30 I am comfortable in my own skin.
I have accepted my physical ailments and become proactive in changing things that need to be changed in order to live a more satisfying, active life.
Do not let your adorning be external–the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear–but let your adornment be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
At 30 I understand love so much more.
I’ve experienced loss and heartache which has only made my love more profound for those I still have.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
At 30 the future does not scare me like it once did.
The uncertainty of what lies ahead is more exciting and less frightening than it was when I was younger.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
While these truths from the bible were true five years ago, they apply to my life differently in each season of my life. I find that these verses are some that I come back to over and over again. They comfort me, challenge me, and reassure me in my walk with the Lord.