My 50th birthday is a milestone that comes with reflection, especially after this last year of global pause. My gift to you on this prestigious occasion are these 50 lessons I’ve learned in my 50 years.
My faith has held me when nothing else has.
The little things are easy to miss, but they are truly the big stuff.
Choose relationships over being right, earning wealth, and gaining status. People are what matters.
Laugh as often as possible.
Quit saving spaces in your life for people who don’t want to show up.
Reduce the things in your life that steal your joy.
Rhythms of rest aren’t a luxury. They are a necessity.
Someday, you’ll miss the clutter and chaos of raising little ones.
Marriage is two imperfect people who choose each other many times a day.
Unforgiveness is like carrying around a dead body that brings decay to your own life.
Bitterness from hard but necessary relationships requires regularly weeding the flower bed of your soul.
The words you choose not to speak cannot be misconstrued or used against you.
Hurting people will hurt other people. It often has nothing to do with you.
I find peace when I remember to look at the wounds of Jesus for me rather than the wounds of others to me.
Replaying offenses in my mind will sour my mind. Replaying what’s true to myself will usher in peace.
No experience is wasted if there’s a lesson learned.
Kids most need to know they’re loved when they are acting the most unlovable.
Sometimes the strongest response to offer is a gentle approach.
Memory making is the best gift to give.
Look for and celebrate the tiny wins.
Note the tiny wins on paper as evidence for the future times you only feel losses.
Moms should get IN the pictures and not just take them.
Sometimes the best way to deal with a bad day is to interrupt it with something fun.
Sometimes the only way to deal with a bad day is to just let it be over.
Create a family culture. Have inside jokes, traditions, and routines.