Monthly Archives: September 2010

43 Years of Wisdom

I shared this blog on my famliy blog, but it touches some on my walk with God so I thought I’d re-post it here as well.

Today I celebrate my forty-third birthday!  I was going to dazzle everyone with this post.  It was going to be so insightful, with 43 things I have learned over the years.  I have been planning this post for a few days trying to think of cute and witty things to share.  Try as I may though all I could come up with are just a few simple things, things that have been passed down for years, even centuries, just reworded over the various decades.

Love your neighbor as you love yourself: Jesus gives us this in the New Testament, Rabbi Hillel said something similar 50 years earlier “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.”   The idea of karma and “what goes around comes around” , these thoughts all take you  back to the same common lesson and probably one of the best things I could say I’ve learned.  Just plain and simple be nice! Or as five-year-old Fallon told me earlier this week “Mom, you just have to be nice to people and then they will be nice to you.  And if not, then you still should be nice to them.” Wisdom of the ages.

Take time to smell the flowers: This is one has been around for a long time too. It seems it is always the older person who tries to impart this wisdom on the young.  Having my children so far apart I realize how fast the time goes.  One day they are waking you up with hand-drawn birthday cards for your birthday, so excited for you and your “big day”, the next they are calling you from a different time zone to say a quick “Happy Birthday” while they fit you into their busy schedule.  How fast the tide shifts!  I have and am constantly learning to enjoy every moment that I am given to spend with those I love.

Believe and have faith in something:  On this I choose Jesus.  I know that others have other beliefs, but for me the one thing that has sustained me thru the hard and difficult times is my faith in God.  If not for that faith I don’t know how I would have made it thru some of lifes more complicated journeys.  I also have had a family to help me thru those times as well.   So I guess along with this thought would be to find someone to walk with you thru this journey of life.  My most cherished companion on my journey would be my husband, Jeff. You may switch hands that you hold along the way, but find a hand to hold. Which brings me back to how I started this thought – my faith in God.  I thank Him for the times He has been the one to walk with me and for the human hands He has given me along the path.

That’s it.  Those few things.  Oh sure, there are many more and if you go to Amazon I am sure you can find books and books on such wisdom.  Everything from deep thought to cute and whimsical.  I keep one on my desk, 14,000 things to be happy about, to help remind me when I get caught up in the whirlpool of life.  But, if I were to sum it all up, I would have to say that what I have learned is be kind, “catch more flies with honey…”, share your life with someone ~ friends or family, and have something in which you believe. Finally, enjoy the moments you are given, as you get older you realize, all to well, that it only lasts a lifetime.

I use to think that the age “forty-three” sounded so old, with age and wisdom I now know how young it really is!

So today I am enjoying the well wishes of friends and family and enjoying the day with the loved ones who are here to share it with me!

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A window to God’s heart

My bible study just finished reading the book of Leviticus.  Not one of the bible’s easier reads.  One commentator said it’s not exactly the kind of book that you would choose to snuggle up in an easy chair with a warm blanket, cup of coffee and spend the evening reading.  I agree.  But I really liked the underlying message: the book of Leviticus and it’s laws give us a window into the law givers heart. 

I have thought of this constantly thru the three weeks it took us to get thru the study, and I am still amazed by it.  Leviticus is all kinds of sacrifice laws, but God was loving enough that if you could not afford the price of a bull he was willing to accept two doves instead.  He is never going to “bankrupt” you with what He requires or asks of you.

I always take and apply biblical teachings to my life as a wife and mother.  I tell the two little ones ,”Don’t ride your bike in the road!”  I love them so much I would just die if someone were to hit them while they are riding their bikes.  I make this rule, this “law”, out of my great love and adoration of them.  On the flip side what do my four and five-year-old see?  “Aw, mom, please ~ we promise to be careful!”  or ” Sally’s mom let’s her do it!” I wonder how many of those ancient Israelites thought similar to the way my young daughters do?  I know that they were tempted by other religions whose gods allowed them to “party and have a good time”, so to speak.

I hope that my older daughters are starting to mature enough (see the parallel here to maturing Christians!) to see that all of my rules are a window into my heart.  My love for them, my desire for only the best for them as well as my desire to give them rules that will help them to become the best person that I know and hope that they will be is what drives my laws.  Isn’t that all our Lord wants from us?

Now when I read Leviticus it is still a hard word-for-word read, but I see the underlying love of God for his people, and that makes for a beautiful story! How awesome to have that window into His heart!

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