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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Birthday Blessings

My birth certificate says I was born February 28, 1964 but I feel like there was a mistake. I do not feel my age and time has gone by SO quick! Don't get me wrong I am GRATEFUL TO GOD to be turning 60! I was raised in a Christian home with mostly ups and a lot of fun. I am blessed to have many of my childhood/high school/college friends who are turning 60 this year and we'll celebrate together! Proverbs 18: 24, "...a real friend sticks closer than a brother." I am beyond blessed with so many true friends, of all ages. My older friends share their wisdom and the younger help me stay young at heart. Thank You, God!

I believe in embracing our age and try to remember that some people do not have the privilege of aging. Someone asked me recently didn't I wish I was back in my 20's? NO way! I have raised kids, buried loved ones, had jobs and dealt with life's bills and ills. I am replacing youth and zest with wisdom and experience. I know the hard times made me grow in my relationship with God and always brought blessings. Aging brings spirit, courage and strength to help us handle future seasons of our life with grace. Isaiah 40: 31, "but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

"The reason I am old and wise is because God protected me when I was young and stupid." I love that quote and I am grateful for God's protection and my parents prayers of protection through the years. When I see the many scars on my body I am reminded of the Great Physician Who healed me. The wrinkles remind me of the many years of laughter. In my mid 50's, God showed me my calling. I am overwhelmed with gratitude that He is allowing me to do the desire of my heart! I share the Gospel with people and help those who are suffering. I plan to continue doing this as long as God allows. Psalm 37: 4, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." What is there not to be excited about this 60th year?! Thank You, God, for another birthday with You in my life! "We used to be young and beautiful, but now we are just beautiful!"

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