Counting down to my 60th birthday, (Barbie and me, almost twins) – I am accepting a challenge to make an encouraging post every day during my birthday countdown. Let’s add to the fun and make a give-away to celebrate my birthday on May 2.
Everyone who posts in the comments on birthday posts on this page or my Facebook page (TerryAnn Porter, Women’s Life Coach) will be put in a drawing for a printed, autographed copy of my two books: “Stitched in Christ” and “The Proverbs 31 Woman, God’s Work in Progress” as found on Amazon
Only 1 comment per post, per day, per person BUT you can comment every day.
Comments inclusion will end at midnight CST on May 1. I will announce the winner on my birthday May 2.
How fun is that? Oh, by the way, for the legal eagles, Facebook is not sponsoring nor condoning this give-away.
Today I am celebrating me. Why? Just because. No special reason, just because.
I was reading some posts on Facebook today about forgiveness. The hardest person to forgive, in my opinion and personal experience, is myself. I can forgive others, but I often find myself unforgivable – even for trivial incidents. I would make an innocent error into a large guilt event.
I felt I was to be like Jesus – perfect. If I failed perfection I was an unforgivable and terrible person. NOT TRUE. That is one of the lies I have worked hard to defeat. We are to reflect Jesus in our love of one another, not in our misperception of perfection.
As I reflect on who I am today I celebrate. With all my flaws, scars, and imperfections I am a child God. That makes me a Princess. I will put on my plastic tiara and remind myself of that. God accepts and forgives me. If He does, then who am I to hold on to my personal unforgiveness.
Today, I celebrate being me. What are you celebrating?
Have you been working through the weekly journal prompts? It is not too late to start. You can jump in any time. If you missed a prompt, no problem. Skip that week or go back. It’s up to you. And remember,
This is just a prompt to lead you to personal reflection. If this prompt isn’t what you want to focus on, then journal whatever God has brought to your mind.
I don’t know where the time went, but in 51 days I will be 60 years old! Me and Barbie – almost twins 🙂
Looking back over my life I see a collage of events: some happy, some sad, some lonely, some exciting. All those events have led me to the person I am today.
There are times I want to linger on the mistakes of life and have a pity party. I have learned to step past that moment. Every decision I made was made with the information I had at the time. They say ‘hindsight is 20/20’ and that is true. I can look back and say what I shoulda, coulda, woulda done. That is a terrible thing to do to myself. I have details now I didn’t have then. And if I had them, I was in a different place of processing that information.
Shoulda, coulda, and woulda (and their variants) are not allowed in my vocabulary. I did such and such, now let the consequences and celebrations happen as I prepare to take the next step.
I live in the now. The past is gone. It helped to mold me, but it cannot hold me. Today is another day. And soon I will celebrate another year. It took a long time to accept ‘me’ but now I do – most of the time. God accepts me as I am, even knowing all the details I never shared with anyone. His grace has led me to this day, and will lead me through the upcoming days.
I am blessed by God – and no shoulda, coulda, woulda can change that.
Today I celebrate me. What are you celebrating today?