Happy Friday, y’all!
Today’s post is a special one in honor of my birthday this coming Sunday. I can’t believe I’m turning 24 (growing up, I always thought that any age over 21 was super old), and how different my birthday feels now compared to when I was little. I used to literally count down the days months in advance, letting everyone know how many days were left till the big day. Thankfully I’ve outgrown that rather cute (yet very annoying, I can imagine) habit, and now birthdays for me are more about having an excuse to hang out with friends and family! And cake. Lots of cake!
This year, though, my birthday feels somewhat bittersweet. I’m excited for what this coming year will hold, and to see all that the Lord will teach me in the months ahead. The prospect of change is scary, yet exciting at the same time! But, as I look back on year 23, tears spring into my eyes. I am closing the chapter on one of the toughest and most fulfilling years of my life. I have grown so much through the trials and lessons this year has held, and I am definitely not the same girl I started the year off as. I’m a little bit wiser, more careful with the words I say, and more intentional with the time I spend with loved ones. I’ve seen the death of people I hold dear, enjoyed precious snuggles with long awaited newborns, watched my dad go through 6 months of chemo, and seen my older brother fall in love. It has been a roller coaster of a year, but I have never felt so close to my family, nor leaned so much on the Lord before. I love this verse in James that says,
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
When I feel beat down and heartbroken, I just remember this verse and know that it’s the Lord teaching me to hold on to Him. He’s my anchor, my reason for living, and my ultimate goal is to glorify Him!
So when thinking of a fun way to end this year of life, I decided to share 24 things (I bet) you didn’t know about me. Because who doesn’t love learning a few juicy secrets about others? ; )
Well there you have it! 24 things I bet you didn’t know about me. : )
Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
Do you have any similar “secrets”?
What is something I don’t know about you?
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