Last month, I celebrated my 40th birthday. Initially, I didn’t quite know how I felt about turning 40. After proclaiming 2018 “the best year ever” at the start of the year, it appeared to be “the year from hell” as I have had to endure some really challenging situations and life altering decisions. As my birthday arrived I couldn’t decide if I wanted to joyfully enter my 40’s or pull the covers over my head and cry. After experiencing a mixture of feelings, I decided to take on my challenges with courage by remaining happy and drawing strength from the Word and the encouragement of my family and close friends.
When life hits me with a ton of bricks, it can knock the wind out of me and distract me from the things that bring me joy. These annoying distractions can keep me from experiencing the things that I’m usually the most grateful for. Focusing on my problems have always lead me away from my purpose and the happiness of enjoying the many things God has blessed me with. My birthday resolve is to prayerfully develop solutions for all of my challenges, while casting the other cares on Jesus (Proverbs 12:25). Trusting that God’s grace will take care of things that are out of my control is sometimes difficult but necessary in creating a stress-free mindset (1 Peter 5:7).
I am determined to remain happy, no matter what I face in the future. After experiencing the results and side effects of living with anxiety, I am striving to stay in the spirit of joy. I will not allow people or circumstances the opportunity to interfere with my peace and happiness. This resolve will help me be more consistent in maintaining an attitude of gratefulness and the ability to fully experience the happiness of enjoying my life. With consistent prayer and thankfulness, this goal can be achieved (Philippians 4:6-7). Nothing helps me stay focused on these goals like studying the Word of God. Reading the Bible is definitely not a religious-minded practice for me. Studying the Word is the practice of being a student of the Word and allowing God the opportunity to speak to me at the start of and through out the day. Approaching my day with a consciousness of God’s presence has helped me tremendously with ignoring negative distractions.
For much of my adult life, I have been a very private person, preferring the company of my husband and kids. This season of my life has taught me the importance of relationships with my extended family and friends. I have come to rely on my very close friends and family for emotional and spiritual support and to just plainly have a good time (Proverbs 12:17). I’ve never been the type of girl to have a ton of friends around, which is still totally who I am as a grownup. However, the comrodary of friends who know and understand me, has been priceless during this season. My resolve is to continue cherishing all my relationships and be vulnerable and accountable with my close friends (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
All of the previous insights are my resolutions for my 40th birthday. My resolve to be focused over the next decade has opened my mind and heart to many of my repressed dreams and goals. The most exciting results are my inner growth, new visions for entrepreneurship, and purpose driven goals. I feel like I’ve written a Christmas list for God. Just like a child, I am excited as I patiently wait and work through my list, knowing that at any moment one of my gifts may be secretly awaiting me. Although 2018, was a rocky start, I am confident that the end of the year and the rest of my 40’s are going to be the best days of my life.
I hope that you are inspired to create birthday resolutions and live your best life, no matter what you face.