“The lines on my face, despite awesome skincare, told the truth that I was nearing 40, but that didnt fill me with the kind of dread I had felt at 29.”
By Brie Gowen
This morning I woke up and immediately remembered it was my birthday. Birthdays certainly arent as exciting as they were say 30years ago, but theyre still pretty special. I hurried to the shower since Id be going to work, and as I gauged the water temperature on my hand and felt the exhilarating, hot shower I knew 39 would be just fine.
As the welcoming warm water cascaded down my back I knew this day was worth celebrating. It was a joyous occasion to commemorate the day I was placed on this earth to fulfill my destiny of being a child of God. That deserved a Happy Birthday and Hallelujah.
As I looked in the foggy, bathroom mirror my older reflection looked back. The lines on my face, despite awesome skincare, told the truth that I was nearing 40, but that didnt fill me with the kind of dread I had felt at 29. The fact was, I was a healthier, happier person than I had been 10years younger, and your outlook on life will keep you vibrant at heart. I realized I truthfully didnt mind aging one bit, and since the past six years had treated me so kindly, I looked forward fondly to what was in store ahead of me. Each day got better in a life that soughtthe Lord, and it was hard to dread something like that.
As I went to leave this morning, my baby awoke crying for me, and I scooped her up eagerly. Her tears cut off like a switch as she cradled against my chest and I thought, This is 39. Everything that is now is how it should be. How can you not love it?!
Theres nothing wrong with getting older! Its actually a great, grand thing. You learn that every day is a gift. Every encounter, every relationship, each passing breath, a present to be unwrapped. The lessons learned over the years and the ability to appreciate each moment as it comes is the evidence of a great life lived, and the best is yet to come. Thirty-nineis just fine. The Lord continues to bless me, and I am grateful for this life that passes so quickly. Its abundant and wonderful, and today is simply the day to celebrate when it all began.
About the Author:Brie Gowen is a 30-something (sliding ever closer to 40-something) wife and mother. When shes not loving on her hubby, chasing after the toddler or playing princess with her four-year-old, she enjoys cooking, reading and writing down her thoughts to share with others. Brie is also a huge lover of Jesus. She finds immense joy in the peace a relationship with her Savior provides, and she might just tell you about it sometime. Shed love for you to check out her blogat BrieGowen.com.