Teach Me to Number My Days

By on October 22, 2017

by Susan Chamberlain Shipe

It’s that time of year I get pensive, inward, quiet, reflective, meditative, and a bit disgruntled…

Years ago this was my favorite week of the year – my happy birthday week – but when the fives became sixes, I didn’t like it so much!

My friend and I were talking yesterday–and because our birthdays are one day apart–we were discussing numbers (sounds better than ages!). He said, “Wouldn’t you like to be 30 again and know what you know now?”

My reply was quick and sure, “Absolutely not!”

THAT very question was posed to me a few years ago: “If you could freeze time for a span of several years, at what age would you freeze it?” My answer was 55. That was a good season; I felt great. The scale hadn’t started its upward climb. I had lots of energy. I was able to do most things.

This morning I turned to the one place I can count on to give me hope and truth, God’s Word. Allow me to share some good “aging” Scriptures.

So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90.12

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9.10

Happy is the man (person) who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her. Proverbs 3.13-18

One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. Psalm 145.4

I am going to take the counsel of Psalm 90:12 and number (consider and appreciate) my days in order for me to gain a heart of wisdom because the Word is clear: Wisdom brings length of days, riches, honor, pleasantness, peace, and happiness. What more can I ask for on my birthday?

[This post originally appeared on HopeHeartHome.com.]

shipeSusan Chamberlain Shipe has been a writer since the age of eight when she and her neighborhood friend wrote, edited, published, and distributed The Manor News. Things have changed since publishing with the five and dime stamp lettering set! Today, Susan enjoys blogging and writing short devotions and short stories from her empty-nest home in the Appalachian Mountain Range of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwestern North Carolina, which she shares with her husband of thirty-plus years, Lowell, and their beloved dog, Sam. Susan can be found musing several times a week at hopehearthome.com.

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5 Comments

Michele Morin

October 23, 2017 @ 12:30

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Numbering my days and praying for that heart of wisdom to show up in me.
Thanks, Susan, for your part in fine tuning and encouraging this growth process with your words.

Barbie

October 24, 2017 @ 02:53

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I want all of my days to count. Beautiful encouragement!

SUSAN SHIPE

October 27, 2017 @ 20:43

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Michele, glad you wandered in and visited!

SUSAN SHIPE

October 27, 2017 @ 20:45

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Barbie, I do too but it seems looming to make anything count in the mundane, doesn’t it? And yet, He tells us that everything we do, we say matters. I want my life to matter even sitting here in front of a computer all day, every day. So I pray the meditations of my heart and the words of my mouth are acceptable to You O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer. xo

Barbara H.

October 30, 2017 @ 19:28

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I just hit the big 6-0 this year, and wow, what a shocker. But I had to remind myself that the difference between the day before my birthday and the day of my birthday was just a day, not a year. I’m trusting that God isn’t done with me yet, and I want to make the rest of my days count.

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