Celebrating 31 years with Proverbs 31

Today is my 31st birthday.

When I settled in to study my bible this morning, I opened right to Proverbs 31. Of course, that wasn’t wildly surprising as I have my reading guide tucked into that chapter TO draw my attention to its content as often as possible. 🙂

I have been reading and re-reading those verses for the past several months. I have been working to adopt the challenge and encouragement held within them.

Since I like numerical symmetry, digging in to study Proverbs 31 as I turn 31 just seems right. I am going to walk through the chapter verse by verse, lingering long enough to let the Holy Spirit really guide me instead of charging through on my own timetable like usual. It may take a couple of weeks, or it might take the rest of the year…who knows.

Today, I began working through just verse 10 (the first 9 verses aren’t going to be part of my study since they relate to a different topic/focus). I’ll share more about what I’m finding in the verse later, but I just want to leave you with this observation.

As I was about to start jumping in to this study, I realized I needed some paper for making notes. I asked Wyatt to hand me “that” notebook as I pointed directly to one. He asked “what notebook?” a couple of times while looking all around–willing to obey but without a clue about what I expected him to see. I quietly reminded him to look at ME first to see where I’m pointing before trying to find it.

Like a gentle wind, I felt God whisper to me in that moment–

Before you start reading, working, digging, studying, and trying to see what I’m trying to show you…look at me. Stop. Be still. Listen. Let me point you directly to the goal instead of stumbling around trying to figure it out yourself. I want to teach you. I want to lead you. I want you to trust me to show you the way.

You don’t look it

Today is my 30th birthday. The past week has held several interactions which have all played out the same way:

“You’re 30? You don’t look it!”

It is meant as a compliment—a way of reassuring a woman that her youthful beauty is holding strong despite her increasing age. To me, however, it is a challenge.

You see, I WANT to look it. To me, 30 is a beautiful age with characteristics which I have been striving to develop for the past decade. In every interaction, I want others to see in me the…

maturity of 30

grace of 30

self-control of 30

wisdom of 30

gentleness of 30

patience of 30

kindness of 30

I look back at my 20’s to see all of the joy and challenges those years held. I see the growth that I have experienced, and I pray that others see it as well.

I don’t begrudge younger people their youth—it is something that we all have to enjoy for a season–but I am greeting this new season with open arms. I look forward to seeing all of the new experiences and growth that my 30’s will bring.