I Want Your Wisdom for My Birthday! (And here's some of mine…)

Today I turn 32 years old. Each year I like to reflect a little and try to see a theme in what I’ve learned over the past 12 months.

This time last year I was in South Africa speaking in conferences with my husband, Chris, about online ministry. The previous year on my birthday I was leading a group of women in Bible study in London. This year I’m in Indiana – perhaps not as exciting sounding as my previous few years – and yet just as wonderful to me.

My passion for online ministry has only grown this year, and I’m seeing a pattern in the lessons of my life as I continue living it:

1) God is the same everywhere.
2) The joy that comes in serving is not dependent on one’s location.
3) I am human; God is God. Apart from Him, I can do nothing (try as I might).

Have you observed any themes in what God’s been showing you lately? I’d love it if you’d share them with me! (Thanks for the gift!)

4 Responses to “I Want Your Wisdom for My Birthday! (And here's some of mine…)”

  1. Noah September 2, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    While I know God has been present from the beginning, I’ve only recently started to pay close enough attention to notice (what I believe) is God teaching me some very substantial lessons about the nature of myself and life through my 16 month old daughter. Watching the way she tackles problems (trying different techniques for descending the stairs), the joy she takes in the most simple activities (falling into fits of laughter while stepping over my wife’s legs as she sits on the floor), and things that she is clearly driven to accomplish (a strong desire to push a cart full of groceries down the aisle just because she can). On the surface, these all seem like silly things that toddlers do with their time. But, I’m starting to see past that and witness the miracle of an innocent, fresh human perspective on life.

    This may be a little too deep for pre-9:00 AM conversation, but it’s been on my mind and your blog post was an excuse to express it.

    Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :D

  2. Dana Byers September 2, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    Noah, this is fantastic – thanks for your input! I love how God speaks to us where we are in any stage of life and that He’s showing you these things through your daughter. I do believe kids are teachers that God communicates through.

    You have me thinking now- as God watches us, His children, develop and mature… He can see which stages we’re going through. I wonder if I’m more of a crawler or if I’ve progressed to walking yet? ;)

  3. Jason September 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Dana! Happy birthday!

    By immersing myself in a new world (for me) of running, I am continuing to learn more about myself with the metaphor of running such as:

    God has called me beyond my comfort zone. 

    It’s only when I am actually positioned out on the trail that I can really discover what is “out there”. 

     The desired seemingly unattainable result may just be attainable in the unfamiliar new territory. 

    Thanks for your friendship Dana. I hope you got a win at the game on your birthday. 

    Much hope

  4. Dana Byers September 7, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    Jason, your wisdom always speaks to me at the right time. You’re absolutely right that we can’t know what’s out there until we’re on the trail. Thanks for sharing, mate!

    Love to you and Monica in Australia…can’t wait until Chris and I meet you guys face to face someday!

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