Friday, March 27, 2009

Heartfelt Sentiments


After the surprise of yesterday's blog posting, and after getting over the fact that a picture like the one my daughter posted, existed and was shared with blogland, and after being blessed with an overwhelming amount of birthday wishes...I want to express to each and every one of you, my heartfelt thanks. Your kind and caring words and birthday wishes, were so special to me. I guess turning "55" isn't so bad after all. Thank you Jeane' for that meaningful tribute that you gave to me. As for me, my thoughts on this day, can best be summed up in a brief article I read recently. It is titled "Growing Older" by Dale Evans Rogers. It is sincerely the prayer of my heart as I face the next segment of my life. "Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself, that I am growing older, and will someday be old. Keep me, from getting talkative, and particularly from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from the craving to try and straighten out everybody's affairs. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details--give me wings to get to the point. I ask for grace enough to listen to the tales of other's pains. Help me endure them with patience. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains. They are increasing, and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not want to be a saint--some of them are so hard to live with--but a sour old woman(or man) is one of the crowning works of the devil. Make me thoughtful, but not moody; helpful, but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it; but thou knowest, Lord, I want a few friends in the end. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And give me, Lord, the grace to tell them so." "Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty--they merely move it from their faces into their hearts." Author unknown -picture from "Country Living" magazine.

11 comments:

Tracy said...

So glad you were blessed by the birthday sentiments and also the tribute by Jeane'. May the celebration continue! = ) You're right...no worries about "55"...it's only a number!

Wow, what an incredible prayer by Dale Evans Rogers. Such wisdom in her words, and what a perfect way to look at the years ahead. Thanks for sharing that precious blessing.

Praying today is filled with all your favorite things!

Hugs,
Tracy

Shellmo said...

I'm glad you had a nice birthday! And what a wonderful sentiment / prayer from Dale Evans. One sentence especially rang true for me - not to try to straighten out everyone's affairs. (I'm a fixer person!)

Stacey said...

Oh dear, I'm afraid that at 45 that prayer needs to be on my lips and heart every day!!

I'm so glad you had a nice birthday. It was so sweet of your daughter to tell us. We are glad she did.

Grand Occasions said...

Happy Birthday my dear and special blogging friend!!!!! I'm so glad I decided to take a few seconds to check my blog this morning!!! I've missed talking to you. Dale Evens Rogers' prayer is my sentiments exactly. Thank you for sharing it with us all. I loved looking (quickly) at your tins. I remember so many of them :) Do they still make Sucrets? I forgot about Mennen's too. AAAAAHHHH....the good ole days! Truly they were a much gentler time that I miss and love to think back on. Oh, and I almost forgot....the aprons and towels are beautiful. My sister and I make aprons too. She made Matt the Uncle Sam Smiley Face one he had on in the cooking post I did of him. Well, as much as I would love to stay and visit longer, I must get back to work. I have a wedding coming up in less than a month and going to see Caroline next week!! I'll try and do better once I'm caught up a bit. Congratulations on one year of incredible blogging!! And a very, very Happy Birthday to you!!!!
Love,
Elizabeth

LisaShaw said...

You are SO special and I'm so glad you were blessed by all that we shared on the Birthday message. We love you very much!!!

I pray that you have a wonderful day and weekend! YOU DESERVE IT! I'm sure everyone is loving on you.

I enjoyed the message you shared also. You are 55 years young and going strong in the LORD! Awesome!

lindsey said...

Happy Birthday! and what a beautiful photo your daughter has posted of you. Surely not 55!! you look amazing. Have a lovely weekend. When I hit 50 two years ago I decided to start having 'Birthday Seasons' so that the happy day just goes on and on!

lauren said...

Aunt Judy,
My phone is not working today, so I'm sending you birthday LOVE through blogging. WHo knew that would be an option? :-) You are the best and thank you SO much for all your encouragement and thoughtfulness. You sure have blessed my day more often than I can count. I hope your day is wonderful. I love you!
Happy Birthday!
Lauren

Melanie said...

What a great prayer from beautiful Dale Evans Rogers.
Happy Birthday to you, Judy!
'Lookin' good, girl!
Melanie@Bella~Mella

Charli and me said...

I really liked that prayer Judy. Thank you. Of course at times I had to giggle because being older than you I need to say that prayer a little more often than you do. I think I might be developing some of those traits. LOL
I'm so glad you had a nice birthday and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

miss gracies house said...

Happy birthday! Those unexpected blessings from our children are the best, huh? They shall rise up and call her blessed...That is a sweet prayer and one I am beginning to see that is soo applicable.
Have a great time of celebration!
Rene'

Sandra said...

Hello, what beautiful tulips! Very pretty! Have a wonderful day:)

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