I've been telling people I'm 34 for the past 4 or 5 months, but today I really am 34. Funny how that finally seems like a stupid call now that I can no longer say I'm 33.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Yes, I am (or was?) a Halloween baby. Scary:)
This birthday feels different. I don't really feel any older, but for the first time in a long time I do feel wiser. That's a pretty good birthday present in itself.
You see this in the past year I've done some very un-Lori like things:
I finished a half-marathon and faithfully went to the gym. I was a life-long couch potato.
I started homeschooling my son. I used to say over my dead body...
I joined my church's choir. I did NOT see that coming.
I started this blog. I thought my writing days were behind me.
There isn't a single thing on that list that hasn't been an unexpected blessing from God and there's not a chance I would have even attempted any one of them without His prodding and empowerment.
I've been thinking about these new things lately and thanking God for what He's taught me through them and how He's changed me as a result of those lessons. It made me wonder what new things He has in store for me next year. And then it hit me...
There very well may be some cool new adventures ahead like learning how to dance (no mocking from my family!), but I bet there's still some old stuff in me He'd like to make new. Things like my quick temper. The God who is slow to anger has called me to be the same. Or my cynicism. Love always hopes all things, right?
I used to think, "But that's just the way I am".
Now I know that's not the way I have to be. Certainly not how He wants me to be.
If the God of the Universe is powerful enough to hold the times and seasons as well as get my lazy hiney off the couch, then He's capable of changing me into the woman He called me to be.
"Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it will spring forth, Shall you not know it? I will make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the dessert." Isaiah 43:19
I'm really looking forward to the next year.