Tuesday, January 20, 2009

thinking like a 40 something

lately i've been realizing that i might be over the hill... on the other hand it's not all bad, it definately has it's benefits, being 40 something.

I'm more careful (full of care).
I have developed significantly meaningful relationships.
I feel things more deeply than i did when i was younger and there is a richness to experiences and moments that I may have taken for granted when I was younger.
I realize that life changes and try to savor what is here in front of me now.
There is also an awareness that life is pretty hard for most people and that how we navigate life when it happens to us is one of the most important ways we can reflect Jesus to people around us.

Recently our family got some tough news. Michael has been laid off from his job.
A friend asked me about how i would handle the news with the girls and as I thought about the answer I realized I want them to respond to the news as a full human being.

In their soul and relationship with God I want them to learn and to notice how God provides, how he is faithful.
Emotionally, I want them to be free to be afraid, to miss things they will do without, and to care for one another and especially Dad during a stressful time.
Mentally, I want them to engage in the challenge and be part of the solution, for us to pull together as a team.
I want this for them, and for me. But it's a grown up concept... to be well rounded and to engage all of ourselves in a challenge. Good thing I am over the hill...


Anonymous said...

Wow! I am sorry about the job, and yet...you know this about me...I am sitting on my hands to see how He's going to provide. Because I know He will. And it will be a stretch, and it will stretch, and it's a good thing you're old enough to appreciate that. :) Karen

Melinda said...

I found myself nodding my head in agreement, all of the way through.
Praying for the great goodness potential in this chapter of your lives.

Jocelyn said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this - praying for you guys.

April said...

Janet, I've been praying for you since Wednesday night. I doubt you really have any idea how much God has used you to bless me. And He is going to use this time to bless the socks off you, Michael and your family. Just be open to it and trust Him. Phil. 4 is great during times like this...it's something to grab onto with your teeth..."Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." I love you.

Yonas said...

aaaaah...I just found out about this... :(