30 Things I’ve Learned in 30 Years

  1. God is faithful
  2. Hindsight is often 20/20
  3. You can’t trust your feelings because a pepperoni pizza can change the way you feel
  4. You can trust God because He never changes
  5. When it comes to friends and chocolate, quality is better than quantity
  6. Sometimes you just need to let go…of hurt, of unhealthy relationships, of excess stuff, of worrying what others think
  7. There is a song for every situation.
  8. The things we dislike most as youth are often the things we are most grateful for as adults.
  9. People who do not have children are the only perfect parents.
  10. There is nothing new under the sun.
  11. There is a difference between messing up and failing.
  12. Be quick to apologize, relationships are more important than being right. Be quick to forgive…remember that forgiving is not saying what the other person did/said was ok but it is letting go of the hurt and your right to exact revenge. After all, “holding on to hurt and anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
  13. Fashion is constantly changing and it is not worth the time & money it takes to keep up with it. Be comfortable. Be modest. Be yourself.
  14. Those whose lives look peachy-keen are probably hiding more hurt and struggles than you can imagine.
  15. There are few things as precious as the tear-stained pages of a well-worn Bible or hearing your children sing praise songs as they play.
  16. Balance is the key in almost every situation.
  17. Anything worth having is also worth waiting and working for.
  18. Homeschooling is not always easy and it is not always fun, but I would not change my experience as a student or parent/teacher for anything.
  19. It is not possible to “get it all done”
  20. It is ok to be weird…it might even be better.
  21. Friends come and go but family is forever.
  22. I cannot survive without paper & pen.
  23. Realize that there is always something that you do not know. Be intentional about learning every day of your life.
  24. If you can’t say something nice, you are better off biting your tongue than opening your mouth…hurtful words can be apologized for but never unsaid.
  25. Do not make decisions or have important conversations when hungry or tired.
  26. Give the benefit of the doubt.
  27. Kiddos need structure, discipline and responsibilities but they also need hugs, kisses, to be read to, mud pies, encouragement, and the freedom to make messes & mistakes.
  28. Good things are often the enemy of the best. In order to do the best thing you must say NO to all the good things.
  29. He who has begun a good work in you will complete it…(Philippians 1:6 NKJV) Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12 HCSB)
  30. Age is just a number. It is not a score, a sign of maturity, a limitation or something to cry over. No matter your age, if you are here on earth, He has work for you to do.

5 thoughts on “30 Things I’ve Learned in 30 Years

  1. Heather says:

    Awesome! You are so wise!

  2. Melissa says:

    3. 7. 8. 25. 28. 29. And, all the others.
    I’m glad you are keeping up with this blog. It will really help when it becomes a book.
    Happy Birthday, Heidi. Love you.

  3. mamabear7 says:

    Well said! You put into wonderful order (words) … all the ramblings, all the thoughts floating, all the ideas zinging around bouncing off the ‘walls’ of my brain! Dad said my thoughts are kinda like bees in a beehive,,, your thoughts are like a flock of birds flying in formation!! Buzz!! I just read your blog and say , YES, YES!!
    Happy Birthday … you are a blessing to us!

  4. Christie E. says:

    I share a birthday with a wise woman!!

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