I’m continuing my series of 40 Things I’ve Learned By Age 40.
8. Time does heal most wounds, but not all and not completely.
9. It is easy to measure success in life. Simply ask yourself, “Am I more Christ-like now than I was a year ago?”
10. Your dress size does not determine your beauty or your value.
11. You cannot change other people. Think how hard it is to change something in yourself, even when you really want to change. Why do you think you can change someone else? Only the Holy Spirit can change someone.
12. Most relationship problems are the result of expectations.
13. If you desire to grow in godly wisdom and discernment, you will suffer. There is no way God can grow you in these areas without putting you in difficult situations that present you with the opportunity to make a foolish choice and fail to discern the truth.
14. Sometimes God doesn’t give us what pray for. This should make us fall flat on our faces in gratitude.
15. You are the only wife your husband will ever have. If you are a lazy homemaker, boring conversationalist, crummy cook, disinterested lover, or undisciplined mother, your husband has to live with your shortcomings every day. If you are a diligent homemaker, interesting conversationalist, thoughtful cook, eager lover, and disciplined mother, you will be a joy to your husband each day.
See all of the posts in this series:
- 40 Things I’ve Learned By Age 40 – #1-7
- 40 Things I’ve Learned By Age 40 – #8-15
- 40 Things I’ve Learned By Age 40 – #16-19
- 40 Things I’ve Learned By Age 40 – #20
- 40 Things I’ve Learned By Age 40 – #21-30
- 40 Things I’ve Learned By Age 40 – #31-39
- 40 Things I’ve Learned By Age 40 – #40
Excellent post! I am going to save this. Thanks Sallie.
I like that last one a lot. I have never really thought about it in that perspective before.
I am really enjoying these posts. They are so applicable to us all.
Lindsey @ enjoythejourney
Sallie I am extremely enjoying this series. It is full of wisdom! 😉 You are one wise lady!
I am enjoying these too and, at 50, I identify with many. And still have many to learn! I especially like #14. It’s amazing to me how true this one is. How humbling to realize we know not what our future holds but God does and knows what is best.
In Pursuit of His Call
#15 is a lesson that God is finally allowing me to learn. I’ve been married for almost 8 years now and in those years the Lord had to let my husband and I realize our sinfulness by bringing them all out, particularly each of our selfishness. It’s been really rough having to go through some hard times, but through them, light was shed in the deep and dark crevices of our hearts. Now that my husband and I have come face to face with our sins and have been shown our weaknesses to change on our own but the power we have with his Spirit, the Lord is allowing us to overcome those sins and we are, in small steps, learning our biblical roles as husband and wife and learning to truly love and enjoy one another.
Praise God for the wisdom he’s given to you and the ability to express them for the encouragement and edification of others.