This week I have been SO busy, and I couldn't get a blog post up. Sorry! A lot of you have been asking me to. I did post one on Monday about my favorite candles, but I haven't had time to post one since. I was sick all week...and yesterday was my 20th birthday!
I want to start this post by thanking all of my friends and family for the sweet birthday messages. Each message brightened my day and made me feel thankful to have you in my life. I felt so loved and so special. Also...big shout out to Amber for decorating the house for the pregame, to ALL of my roommates, Blakeley, Aubrey, Erin and Amber for the wonderful birthday gifts, Machael and Makenzi for the adorable birthday gifts and for driving, Davis for my birthday lunch, my parents for the very nice birthday presents including my new iPhone 5s, my dear friend, Pammie, from home for the beautiful and generous gifts, and Julie and Abbey for the fantastic birthday cake and especially Abbey sticking by my side the whole entire night. Thank you to ALL of you who came over to our house before the square, too, and came out to the square with us. I was so glad you all came to celebrate my birthday with me!!! I do have a hard time being away from my family on my birthday, and you really made me feel loved. Thank you for the instagrams, the tweets, the facebook posts, the texts, the calls, the snapchats, the facetimes...thank you for everything.
On Wednesday, my last day as a teenager, I was on the phone with my sister, talking about her "timeline"...the ages she completed all of her "twenties milestones." At age 22, she got engaged to the person she fell in love with as a teenager, married him at 23, had her first baby at 24, her second baby at 27, her third baby at 28, and bought a house. Essentially, I panicked. I am only 2 years younger than the age my sister was when she started completing all of these milestones. At my age, she had already been dating Justin for three years. Today, after getting out of bed...and I won't tell you how embarrassingly late that was...I read my Jesus Calling daily reading and applied it directly to turning twenty. It says this:
I am your strength and shield. I plan out each day and have it ready for you, long before you arise from bed. I also provide the strength you need each step of the way. Instead of assessing your energy level and wondering what's on the road ahead, concentrate on staying in touch with me. My power flows freely into you through our open communication. Refuse to waste energy worrying, and you will have strength to spare.
Whenever you start to feel afraid, remember that I am your shield. But unlike inanimate armor, I am always alert and active. My Presence watches over you continually, protecting you from both known and unknown dangers. Entrust yourself to My watchcare, which is the best security system available. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.
Psalm 28:7; Matthew 6:34;
Psalm 56:3-4; Genesis 28:15
This reading really reinforced all of the advice that my friends and family have given me about my twentieth birthday. It is important for me to stop worrying about the "timeline" and trust that God's plan for me is already set, and what will be will be. While I never doubt this, one of my struggles is remembering it. This year, I am going to work on strengthening this weakness...having faith in His plan for me and letting go of worry. It will all work out the way it is supposed to, and I should enjoy the ride!
I have so much to look forward to in my twenties. In addition to all of those "milestones" Amy told me about...marriage, babies, buying a house...I have so many places I want to see, so many things I want to experience, so many goals I want to accomplish. I am so excited for what is to come, and I feel blessed to have another birthday.
Well, it's Friday night, and I'm eating pizza and watching movies with Amber while blogging about kale (will post soon) in my new robe. Definitely feeling older now..