Because today is my BIRTHDAY! I love that my birthday is in the spring. Everything seems so full of hope and promise. I am always reminded of the verses where it talks about that even if we don't praise the Lord it doesn't matter because the rocks and the trees will praise Him anyway. Spring is a TRUE testament to that.
(I get very reflective on my birthday) When I look over the past year the one thing that has covered this year is the Lord's gentle care and provision for me. Let me tell you...I always thought that life would look a lot different at 24. I had this vision in my head that I would be married to the perfect man, have the perfect job, and we would be happily living in our adorable house with a dog and I would be constantly whipping up amazing meals in the kitchen. Well...real life at 24 is that I am nannying because I left the country and don't have a fulltime job yet, definitely no husband, I am living in an adorable house (but it belongs to a great family that is graciously letting me live with them for a bit), I do not have a dog, but at least I got one part right. I AM whipping up some yummy meals in the kitchen! Last year the fact that life did not go AT ALL as planned kept me in a tizzy for awhile. Now. I am perfectly content with my life. That is only due to the goodness of the Lord. I know deep down that He has labored this year to draw me back to himself. He has gently allowed change to happen and recently he has totally provided for and blessed me in unexpected ways.
I also love that my birthday falls around Easter. I was actually born on Easter! I got new life on the same day that we celebrate Christ giving us all new life through His resurrection. I cannot wait to celebrate with my church family at Vintage21 on Easter! If you are reading this and you are not a part of a great church....you need to be! I have learned so much about what a community of believers can truly look like. Everyday I am amazed at the humility and sacrifice that the Pastors make for their church.
I am excited to see what being 24 holds for me! And hey....maybe a few of those things I have been hoping for will happen....a girl can dream right! I hope that you all enjoy this Holy Week and time celebrating our life in Christ through what He did on the cross!