Monthly Archives: April 2015

37 & Still Wishing

I turned 37 yesterday. And I’m slowly emerging from my gluten-free chocolate cake coma to write down some thoughts about it all 🙂 I love birthdays. I believe another year is a gift. I don’t deserve the life I’m living, but I’m grateful for each day I am given with my loves.

But, let’s face it…37 years of wear and tear. I was noticing yesterday morning my newly acquired “how do you say that word in portuguese?” crease above my nose, and “homeschooling 3 boys” lines across my forehead; wondering what another year would hold. From here came my thoughts for this year.

What we see depends mainly on what we look for. | John Lubbock

I believe that much of what we find is a result of what we’re looking for. If we’re looking for the bad {in situations, people, circumstances}, we will certainly find it. This is so easy to do–it just comes so darn natural to many of us. But if we’re looking for the good {in situations, people, circumstances}, it is most certainly there too!

If I’m looking for wrinkles, they’re there. But I would rather focus on all the laughter and life and learning that has etched those lines, because that’s there too!
If I’m finding annoyance in all the inconveniences of our electricity just shutting off for 5 hours here and there, or going to pull a roasted chicken from the oven for hungry tummies only to find a RAW chicken because the gas tank on our stove had run out…oh, it’s there. But I want to find gratitude in what we have rather than don’t have…oh my goodness is it ever there too! My cup overflows.
If I’m focusing on all the ways that celebrating my birthday here is different than 35 of my other birthdays, they’re there. But if instead I seek to delight in discovering new traditions and experiencing more firsts, it’s there too…often in such surprising ways 🙂

You want to see beauty? Look for it! Fix your gaze upon it. Marvel in it. Dwell on it.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. | Philippians 4:8

Should the Lord give me another year, I want to spend it becoming an expert in looking for the good in all. Because it’s always there.

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That’s my birthday wish.