today is my birthday, and i am now a quarter-of-a-century old.
it is an odd thing to say, and even stranger to hear, but this birthday seems to be a milestone for me.
maybe it is because i feel myself in a transition, that falls so neatly with this birthday, or maybe it is because the age is changing me, but should i not approach this year differently than all the previous? will it mark a change for the future?
to be honest, i hope this birthday becomes a monument to the positive change i am making.
i want to make better choices, concerning what i eat, and i want to exercise more often, to take care of my physical body. i want to be a better wife and mother, caring wholeheartedly for my husband and son. i want to be more mindful of how i spend my time and money, both are too precious to be wasted. i wish to be kinder in the words i say, presenting the love of my savior to the people around me, and i want to be braver in expressing who i am, that i may never be ashamed of who God made me to be.
with all the wonderful things He has blessed me with, relationships, possessions, even talents and skills, i want to be a wise steward, and bring glory to Him in all things.
i also want this birthday to become a mark of the way i celebrate life.
i hope to continue to be joyful and curious, keeping the best things of youth without the tantrums or selfish impulses. i want to marvel at the world around me, and take pride in the work God has given me to do. i hope to laugh heartily with those around me, and build friendships based on mutual trust and enjoyment. i want every season to be a fresh opportunity to admire God's handiwork and worship Him anew.
as i turn twenty-five, i want to be clay in God's hands, as He shapes me into a person who brings Him glory. i do not want to worry over my bad habits, or question the wisdom in every decision. i want to bring a smile to God's face, that He should rejoice over me with singing.
whether or not your birthday is near, i hope you take the time to evaluate your life today, and begin reaching for the positive changes you wish to make. feel free to share them with me here, and i will lift you up in prayer as God continues to work in us all.