It comes with Age
Just the other day it dawned on me that I am growing up, and have grown up significantly. There are these defining moments at various points in your life that shape you into the person you are.
I vividly remember when my "growing up" experience began. I was 7 years old, I had hated onion my entire life. All seven years! My mother like always sat my plate in front of me. I glared down at the little worms (sautéed onions) that were so decoratively spread over my steak. "Why does she always do this?" I thought to myself. But then I had an epiphany I could just eat them? So I did it, I cut all those tiny worms into smithereens! And guess what? I actually liked them. I looked forward to the next time my mother would place those little worms on my plate.
Another moment of growth was when I was ten. I switched from ordering super chocolaty rich desserts, to light and fruity desserts. My taste buds had seemingly changed overnight? There have been changes in my music, dress, places I liked to go, things I liked to watch and the list goes on. When I got saved, I had a drastic change, going from sinner to saint in a matter of hours. I went radical, and threw out the movies, music, clothes ,even the boyfriend. Eventually my character caught up with my conversion and I had to deal with each of those things individually. I needed to understand why I was doing what I was doing, and when I did I couldn't have been more happy!
And that was it, I was saved so I was all grown up .... right? Nope! Boy have I changed in just 7 short years. My age is becoming more and more apparent to me with each passing day, as I blog about the flowers in my garden(barf). As I use 'adjectives" to describe colours (barf again) As I wake up early and effortlessly(barf even more), as my eating habits change, the friends I keep, the type of mother and wife I am, all these lovely things make up the fabric of who I am today.
The other day I had the pleasure of observing a young girl who was me, but maybe 5 1/2 years ago. Everything about her screamed "inexperienced and naive" As I sat and watched her intently, I thought to myself that was once you. You havent always known how to cook, clean, or be the women you are today. I haven't always known how to decorate, entertain or minister to some ones needs. I haven't always had the confidence, or discernment. This has all come with age. And today I am proud to say I am 26 years old with one silver (grey) hair to show for it! Each year has added character, discernment, beauty and wisdom that I wouldn't trade for anything in this world!
What are your defining moments of growing up? What can you say you have learned with age? I have gained so much from life and experience, and to think one day I will look back at 26 and think "ohh I was such a baby I had no idea what I was talking about".
I will resume to the Rodney Home Tour Tomorrow! Toodles!