July 2013 Letter: Dear 54 Years,

You entice me to more.
More life, more dreams, more kindness. More challenges, more friends, more breathing. More of what you are made of.

For you are made of the stuff that brings aliveness to me.

As of this very day, I have lived every one of your years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds. I have disliked you many times, but I have loved you more. You have challenged me past my comfort zone more often than I wanted to, but I have loved you for it.

Happy Birth Day to me. As God permits, I get to start experiencing year fifty-five today. 

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Dear fifty-four years, you have put lines on my face.

And when I looked in the mirror this first morning of year fifty-five, I saw my mother and my father all at once in there. Even though it is an honor of sorts, I don’t like it very much. And I don’t love the fact that you have grown some stiffness in my joints and you won’t let me move the way I used to. I don’t like it a bit.

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But I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have done for me, dear fifty-four years. You have managed to temper my judgmental spirit, and you have grown compassion in me. You have taught me that much of what I thought mattered doesn’t, and what really matters is often not seen unless I purposefully look for it. You have guided me in ways I did not expect. You have taught me to be free.

You have gently grown me up.

And you have made my life a quilt.  Not always the prettiest at first sight, but today, as I honor you, I find it beautiful. In a life kind of way. And today as God whispers to me that He wishes me a happy birthday and He loves me to the moon and back, He Himself calls it beautiful. In a life kind of way. And that’s good enough for me.

Dear fifty-four years, you are a collection of defeats, successes, joys, pains, pride and scars.

And by the grace that God supplies, I am ready for this very new year that the Lord is adding to the collection that you are.

Thank You for all that you are to me,

Barbara

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

one thousand#690 New mercies today!

#691 Barbecue for supper

#692 All the laundry done

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