You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

Psalm 30:11-12 NIV

Today, I am celebrating another birthday.  I’ve been blessed with 44 years on this earth and I am happy to say that even through all of the trials, there is nothing I would change about that journey.  Good and bad, it has made me who I am and I’m truly happy with that.  There is a song that my sisters and I sang when we used to go out and sing karaoke, the Landslide by the Dixie Chicks.  I know this is not the original version, but something about the way they sang it just fit.  My two sisters and I have been through a lot in our lives and I believe the song captures where we’ve been and where we are today.  With that in mind, I’ve resolved to do a few things differently this time around the sun.

First of all, I’m going to be more diligent about putting God first in every area of my life.  Sometimes, I tend to take off on my own and try to do it myself before asking for His help.  That just doesn’t work.  No matter how many attempts I make, it never comes together correctly without His intervention.

Secondly, I’m going to move forward…even when it feels uncomfortable.  After a life that has been chaotic at times, my natural inclination should be to settle in and just coast for a while.  But I believe that God made me for better than that and that I owe it to Him to try harder.

Third, I’m going to sing more.  I love singing.  If I could have, I would have done it professionally.  But I lacked the courage to get out there and do it, so it has remained a hidden talent (if it can be called a talent where I’m concerned).  I’ve been encouraged to sing more, so I’m going to.  Hope you don’t mind.

God has been so good to me and I want to fill every moment of this life with praise of Him and all that He can and will do.  I thank Him for all of the wonderful friends and family He has blessed me with.  Also, many thanks to those who have sent birthday wishes today.

Love and many blessings to you!

“Landslide”

I took my love, took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills
‘Til the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time made you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older too

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time made you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older too
Oh, I’m getting older too

I take my love, take it down
I climb a mountain and turn around
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Will the landslide bring you down?
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Will the landslide bring you down, oh, oh?
The landslide bring you down

by Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks

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