35 Things I Know For Sure

MY TRIBE AT 35 :)                                                                             

MY TRIBE AT 35 :)                                                                             

Welcome to K's Space :)

a safe place to navigate the trials and triumphs of marriage and motherhood

I'm turning the big trienta y cinco this week – doesn’t sound so bad when said in Spanish, so from here on out, that’s gonna be my thing, bueno?

Honestly, I love getting older.  Okay, maybe LOVE is a bit strong, but I definitely don’t mind it.  Well, maybe it does annoy me just a little.  You know what, let’s just move on to the 35 things that I’ve come to know to be true after my 3 ½ decades on earth, shall we?  Good.  Vamos!

{In no particular order...}

1.     The height of your joy is contingent upon the depth of your thankfulness.

2.    Nothing will steal your joy quicker than comparing yourself to others.

3.    God’s ways > our ways.

4.    Pursue your passion, not a paycheck.

5.    Travel.  Travel.  Travel.   You'll never regret one penny spent seeing the world. 

6.    Purpose to learn about other cultures, and find ways to interact with people who look different, think different and live differently than you.

7.    Be quick to listen and slow to speak.  (Still working on this; will probably ALWAYS be working on this)

8.    “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

9.    Think before you tweet.  Stop before you Snap.  Pause before you post.  Your digital footprint matters. 

10.  Make it a priority to pursue and intimately know God – work your life and schedule around Him.

11.    Love your neighbor as yourself.

12.   Be wise with your money. 

13.   Our words create our worlds – so, choose them wisely.

14.   Decisions determine your destiny, so make your plans, but allow God to   order your steps.

15.   If you’re not bowing down to God, you’re bowing down to something else.

16.  “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1, The Bible

17.   Laughter truly is the best medicine.

18.   We were created on purpose, and for a purpose; by Love, and for love.

19.    Trust and obey God – He knows your end from your beginning and what’s best for you along way.

20.   Become an expert in praying for your spouse and children – no one will pray for them like you pray for them.

21.     Love without expecting anything in return.

22.    Be skilled at giving encouragement – especially to those in your household – an encouraging word is like spiritual oxygen helping others to function at a higher level. 

23.   Stop worrying - especially about what others may think.

24.   Work like everything depends on you, pray like everything depends on God.

25.    Don’t be so hard on yourself.

26.    Be careful with criticism. 

27.    Be quick to forgive. Your spirit, soul and body are not equipped to harbor unforgiveness. 

28.    Don’t follow your feelings – feelings change and can straight up lie.  Instead, follow the unchanging, redemptive truth of God’s Word.

29.    Be careful about what you continually see, hear and meditate on – because we ultimately become what we continually behold.

30.   Waiting + patience are hard practices to keep, but necessary for our growth and refinement.

31.     If Jesus is all you have, He is enough.

32.   When your kids ask if they can play in the rain or dig in the mud, say yes.  The experience and memory is worth far more than the time it takes to clean up the mess.

33.    God is good.

34.   You are loved.

35.   Marriage and motherhood are all at once the hardest, the holiest and the happiest. (paraphrased from Ann Voskamp)

xo, K