Monday, March 14, 2011

Turning Forty

I turn forty today. I'm no longer a thirty something. I like it. I remember dreading turning thirty. It seemed so old! I can't say the same about turning forty. Perhaps it's because I now know better who I am. I know more of my strengths and weaknesses. There isn't the same kind of changes as in my early thirties. (Haha who am I kidding here! Our family is going to expand by three in a matter of months)!!  I have great friends who I believe in and who believe in me. We're there for each other when we need each other. They're my prayer warriors! Some of them I actually only know in the blogosphere, but a few of them I know in real life too.

When I was turning thirty, I didn't like the fact that I was "different" from what I called my peer group. Now I don't care. I no longer know who would be my peer group. I like that I have friends who although they are very different from me in some ways, respect and love me for who I am. Likewise, I respect and love them for who they are. They come from many places, many ages, but somewhere, somehow we share a common bond, whether it be our faith, our children, or a love of the same things.

I like my life! I like being home with my children. I like that I have/make time to make things, to read, and to learn new things. Are there some things I still want to change? You bet ya! I want to be more patient with my children. I want/need to get back into shape again. I have to remember that I need more sleep than I've been getting. I want to spend more time in prayer and God's Word.

I'm happy to be turning forty. I don't know if I'm excited about what the next decade holds and I'm glad I don't know what it is, but I do know that through it all, God will walk beside me. That being said, I want to wish you all a day filled with God's blessings and JOY!

Be blessed today, my friends!

21 comments:

  1. Happy birthday and welome to the fabulous forties!

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  2. Happy 40th Birthday! Welcome to the club!

    I agree...40 has been better than 30 by far! :)

    God bless you and yours!

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  3. Happy 40th Birthday, Deborah! Yet another thing we have in common... I turn 40 this year too!

    So glad our paths crossed here in the blogging world.

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  4. Wishing you the happiest of days and many abounding blessings in this "New Year" of your life!
    Birthday blessings,
    Leslie

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  5. Happy Birthday!! I hope your day is truly blessed and wonderful! Enjoy your family today and being YOU.

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  6. Blessings to you Deborah, on this very special day!
    Happy Birthday my dear friend!
    Hugs,
    Kelly

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  7. Happy Birthday! Welcome to the club! Wishing you a day filled with much happiness and abundant blessings.

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  8. Happy 40th!!!!!!!!! I hope you have a great day and lots of birthday cake. You deserve it!!! I want to chat sometime soon so I can tell you all about Dorcas House and your girls! Hopefully we can talk soon.

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  9. I loved turning 30. I felt like a grown up, but still young. Not so thrilled with the 40's, particularly since I'm 1/2 way done with them! Plus, my body is going to hell in a handbasket! LOL!

    Enjoy your 40th, my friend! You've got a great attitude!

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  10. hope that you enjoy your special day and that your family spoiled you ... today and every day!!
    Happy Birthday, you share your birthday with my second son Trevor, he is 18 today. The sun was shining here today, hope that you also had sunshine!!

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  11. Happy Birthday! The forties are full of fun and joy! I loved turning 40, too! I REALLY love being 52. Aging is a wonderful, full, mysterious miracle.

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  12. Dear Deborah,

    Happy Birthday! Forty years... piece of cake. I like to keep in mind that I am the exact age the LORD wants me to be, this puts it all into perspective.

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  13. Happy birthday, Deborah! I've thoroughly enjoyed my 40s so far (I'll be 47 this year). My knees are worse, but everything else is better. Enjoy!

    xofrances

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  14. A Very Happy Birthday to You!! ~Love Heather

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  15. Aww, thank you all for the warm birthday wishes! Happy to see one my faithful readers finally comment too ;o)!

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  16. Hope you had a wonderfully blessed birthday!! I agree that 40 is actually a pretty good age. There is definitely a maturity (in a good way!) that comes with it. I don't think any particular age has ever bothered me, although 45 was a little disconcerting. I'm not sure why. Though I don't think I want to say how old I'll be this year. Cuz it's starting to get a little freaky. Anyway, I do hope you had a lovely day!!

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  17. Sorry I'm late, but happy belated birthday! You have given me a different perspective on turning 40, which will happen for me next year. Thank you for being the blessing that you are (in so many ways)!
    Tiffany

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  18. Happy Birthday!! I consider you a friend even if I don't know you IRL. I love your post and your reflections! I had a terrible time of it when I turned 30. I am beginning to feel, several years later, that I'll be okay turning 40 just as you have written! Thanks for sharing your life!

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  19. Oh, I missed your birthday! Happy, happy, happy belated birthday. I hope it has been the most amazing birthday EVER! I just know your forty decade will be your absolultely best so far!
    Praying God's riches blessings on you, sweet friend!
    hugs
    ~a

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