Beyond the Birthday Candles…
by Lucinda Secrest McDowell
This week is my birthday and I’m feeling many different emotions: Grateful (thankful for every single day of life); Relieved (wow, I made it this far); Bewildered (how could I possibly be ‘that number’ when I feel so young inside); Contemplative (strong desire to make the most of time); and Expectant (excited about what the next year holds).
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared for those who love Him.” I Corinthians 2.9 NLT
Birthdays and other significant milestones cause us to reflect, don’t they? Both on what was and what will be. So during my birthday month I plan to spend some quiet time with my journal, answering these 12 questions. Perhaps you’d like to join me?
- What one area in my life needs the most change __________________ and what will I do about it?
- What one thing will I pray for this year that seems impossible __________________, knowing that “nothing is impossible with God?”
- Where do I waste time ______________________ and how can I avoid that?
What is one important thing I could do to improve the quality of my family relationships this year _______________________?
- What’s the most strategic decision I need to make this year __________________?
- What’s one thing I could do this year to enrich my spiritual legacy to my children and grands ______________________?
- What’s an important financial goal this year ______________________ and how will I meet it?
- What’s an important trip I need or want to take this year ____________________________?
- Which spiritual discipline will I intentionally pursue this year ___________________________ and how?
- What new skill do I plan to learn this year _______________________?
How will I care for my soul this year (daily)______________________ (periodically) _____________________?
- What is my biggest regret about last year _____________________ and how can this year be different?
As much as I like to reminisce and remember former ages and stages, I plan to focus beyond the birthday candles. Your cake may not have as many candles on it as mine does, but I assure you we are both given the same amount of hours each day. As a Gift. To spend however we choose. How will we choose?
During this birthday season I’m intentionally asking God for His presence, peace and yes, perseverence to make whatever days ahead are given me the most fruitful ever!
Happy Birthday indeed!
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43.18-19)
under the mercy, Cindy
©2015 Lucinda Secrest McDowell
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