I have thought about turning 50 since about the age of 46, when my then nine, about to turn ten, year old daughter came home from school and gleefully proclaimed her latest epiphany. Her teacher had informed her that she was about to hit a milestone. That milestone would become mine as well. What grand news was my daughter excited to share with me on that fateful day? The fact that (as her blessed teacher had told her) she would be a decade old.
I looked at her sweet little face and rejoiced with her and it was in this joyous moment that it hit me. If she was going to be a decade, my milestone would be…would be…let’s see. I calculated my age quickly…certainly not a century, no. That would be a HALF CENTURY.
Suddenly, I felt cryptic.
And very wise.
Then I found this news hilarious, since most days I waver between
feeling acting 12 and 20.
I have no problem regressing all the way down to the age of my Sunday School kiddos if the right circumstances are provided.
Childlike wonder is not an uncommon experience. I still gawk in awe at planes flying over me. Chasing butterflies is not out of the question. Each night I take the dog out and gaze at the stars as if it’s the first time I’m seeing them. I not only brake for turtles, frogs and any other creature but I will also assist them across the street. Much to the surprise of oncoming traffic, forced to stop as I scooch thus said creature out of harms way.
But honestly, I got a giggle about being a half century old. That’s how it started. For the next years I kept saying the same thing, “I’m almost 50!” My mother would look at me incredulously and say, “Stop saying that , you have a few years to go. ”
I would just “Hmf” at her and chuckle. After all she’s heading toward the century mark. But don’t tell her I said that …she has a few more years to go. Or thirty- ish.
But anyhoo, it’s finally here.
The BIG 50.
So how does one celebrate being a half century old?
Diving with sharks?
Swimming the English Channel?
Free-falling from the tallest building in the state onto a trampoline?
Nah! I will keep it somewhat realistic, legal and safe!
Here are my random Big ideas for celebrating my 50th on the big day and/or throughout the year:
Collecting 50 rocks from a beach walk on my birthday.
Doing 50 Random Acts of Kindness over the next 50 days ( or spread over my 50th year…or both).
Trying 50 things I’ve never tried before.
Exercising for 50 Minutes a day.
Donating 50 items of clothing. Each season.
Giving away 50 books. (Um. no. Just no. Sorry, honey.)
Finding 50 ways to
drive my hubby crazy show my hubby appreciation and love.
Memorizing 50 Bible Verses.
Sharing the love of God and truth of the Gospel with 50 people.
Spending 50 minutes a day praying for others.
Reading 50 books.
Giving 50 items away to others who either needs or wants the item I have.
Finding 50 new ways to YIELD my will for His and say YES to God in daily life.
Do you have any other ideas?
I am not sure what I will be doing with the next year God gives me (if He does give it to me) BUT the ONE thing I am purposing to do today and I pray all of the days of my life is to Praise God continuously.
I want to go into my 50th year singing, speaking and sharing His praises.
I want so much for praise to be my default…not grumbling, complaining and criticizing.
So, what I would like more than anything else for my 50th Birthday is to Praise His Holy Name every day.
Do you long to praise Him in the ordinary of your days?
I want to invite you to do this with me!
And to help get you started on praising Him daily I am gifting you with the 31 Ways to Praise card by Bob Hostetler .
If would like me to send you the card so you can practice praising God daily just email me your snail mail mailing address and I will pop it in the mail. Please note, this is a Card Stock copy – not a pdf or e-mail copy. I have to mail it to your real life mailing address!
Or go ahead and start a Praise Revolution by ordering your own set to share with friends and family, however old you are!
Join me on the journey and I will be sharing praises on my Facebook page daily all September!
God willing! Let’s exalt His name together!
Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:3
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