It’s that time of year I get pensive, inward, quiet, reflective, meditative, and a bit disgruntled…
Years ago this was my favorite week of the year – my happy birthday week – but when the five’s became sixes I didn’t like it so much!
My friend, the man I work for, and I were talking yesterday and because our birthday’s are one day apart we were discussing numbers (sounds better than ages!). He said, “Wouldn’t you like to be 30 again and know what you know now?” My reply was quick and sure, “Absolutely not!”
THAT very question was posed to me a few years ago, “If you could freeze time for a span of several years, at what age would you freeze it?” My answer was, “55.” That was a good season – I felt great. The scale hadn’t started its upward climb. I had lots of energy. I was able to do most things – yes, 55 would still be my choice age.
I am going through a detoxification from a treatment for Lyme’s and I feel like a limp rag but I also know that when this protocol is over (and it will take many weeks) I will be feeling much like my ‘old’ self again – hopefully, my 55-year old self! This morning I turned to the one place I can count on to give me hope and truth, The Word. Allow me to share some good aging scriptures* – will you read along with me?
So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90.12
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9.10
Happy is the man (person) who finds wisdom, and the man (person) who gains understanding; for her (wisdom’s) proceeds are better than fine gold. She (wisdom) is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her (wisdom). Length of days is in her (wisdom’s) right hand, in her (wisdom’s) left hand riches and honor. Her (wisdom’s) ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her (wisdom’s) paths are peace. She (Wisdom) is a tree of life to those who take hold of her (wisdom), and happy are all who retain her (wisdom). Proverbs 3.13-18
Mark well her (Zion’s) bulwarks; consider her (Zion’s) palaces; that you may tell it to the generation following. For…our God…will be our guide even to death. Psalm 48.13-14
I will utter…sayings of old which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. Psalm 78.2-4
One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. Psalm 145.4
I am going to take the counsel of Psalm 90.12 and number (consider and appreciate) my days in order for me to gain a heart of wisdom because The Word is clear – Wisdom brings length of days, riches, honor, pleasantness, peace, and happiness – what more can I ask for on my birthday?
This week I’ll be linking up with Inspire Me Monday, Tea and Word, Porch Stories, Messy Marriage, Coffee for Your Heart, Jennifer Dukes Lee, God-Sized Dreams, Tune In Thursday, Dance With Jesus, Fresh Market Friday, Glimpses of His Beauty, Heart Encouragement, Thought-Provoking Thursday, Counting My Blessings, Seeking God, Glimpses of His Beauty.