Another Year Older…

Another year has come and gone.  November is here again and yesterday (Nov. 8) was my *ahem* *ahem* birthday.  I’m another year older and another year wiser, right?   I have officially crossed over the “halfway through my twenties” mark.  And I thought twenty-five was a hard number to swallow, now I have to get used to saying twenty-six.  I’m officially in my late twenties, and I don’t know how I feel about this.
But if there is anything I’ve learned about getting older it is this; that you can’t do anything about it. You can’t freeze time and stay the same age.  You can’t go back in time and change the choices you made.  The only thing you can do is move forward.
Looking back at my life there are a lot of things I wish I could change.  A lot of choices I made in the past that led to heartache and heartbreak. This past year particularly was not an easy one for me.  A lot, and I mean a lot, of things happened that I was not expecting.  I had no choice but to walk through some very hard seasons. But all the pain I walked through led to something else that was unexpected.  The closeness I have found with Jesus this year is a gift I never imagined would be mine.  Jesus has walked with me so closely this year and I wouldn’t go back and change anything because all of it lead me closer to my sweet savior.

So today I thought it would be fun to take a quick look back into this past year…
This past, during one of the hardest seasons of my life, I found a new love for and boldness for Christ.  I started this blog and found a place and a passion to write about Gods’ love.  I also started an Instagram account to go along with this blog and share my writing/lettering.  This year I made many new friends and I reconnected with many old friends which has brought so much joy to my life.  I had one of the busiest summers of my life packed full of serving opportunities, including spending a week up in Oregon serving my first time at a Joni and Freinds Family Camp.  I flew by myself for the first time this year and also planned a successful Disney trip with my sister (huge adulting points for this one!).  I explored many new hiking trails, including an amazing backpacking trip in the Trinities for the first time.  This last year God made it clear that he was calling me to be a leader in my Bible study and being a Bible study leader is a new joy that I simply can’t describe to you.
And that only briefly touches on a few of the many good things that came out of this year.
Now, as I stand at the end of this year, and after seeing all the good things that came out of this year, if you were to tell me that twenty-five would be the hardest year of my life, it would be hard to believe you.  But there is a saying I believe I’ve heard somewhere.  “Out of great pain comes great joy.”  Or at least I think that’s how the saying goes.  This has been my beauty from ashes year.  My year where through great pain I have found the greatest joy.

And now as I look forward to twenty-six, I’m excited to see where God will lead me.  God has captured my heart in new ways this year.  What will he teach me next?  What new things will this next year have for me? How will God grow me and change me?
Another year older.  It’s not that scary anymore.  Not when you realize that God is the one directing our steps and leading us on.  Here’s to Twenty Six!

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