It’s that time of year again- birthday time. Time to take a little inventory. I think I’m healthier than I was last year at this time. I’ll find out for sure in a couple of weeks when I get some bloodwork done. I’m five weeks into this running deal, and although I have no real stamina, I have more than I did 5 weeks ago. (I’ve also not lost any weight yet. So much for positive reinforcement.) I did a year of homeschooling, and the second starts tomorrow. (One of the beautiful things about homeschool- I do NOT have to have school on my birthday.) Hopefully, I’ve learned some parenting along the way. Professionally, I’ve written 2 drafts of new books, working on a third and did a killer edit on my first. I had several pieces published this spring. I have this website, a monthly newsletter, I Twitter, and I’m on Facebook. Not bad for someone ‘my age’. Of course, according to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything. Not age 42, just 42.
One thing’s for sure- I’d rather be 42 than 22. I’d even rather be 42 than 32. In fact, if we could get my youngest through potty-training, I wouldn’t care to hang out here for a few years. That’s not possible, I know. I guess it’s just another way of saying I’m tremendously blessed. (Including tangible, culinary blessings like Texas Roadhouse for dinner.) I wish YOU a happy day today.
I know God has taught me some incredible lessons this year. I’ve gained a real appreciation for the second ‘half’ of Isaiah (chapters 40-66). I’ll leave you with the first few verses of chapter 43.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;