Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Feeling 22!

Photos by Matthew Lively 

When you can't find any inspiration for a birthday blog post, and you're stumped on what to say about turning 22, a phone call from your best friend might do the trick. Leave it to someone who knows my story better than almost anyone to remind me of who I am today and where I have come in the last year of my life. My 21st year was definitely one that I will remember forever. I am so thankful for the last year because I wouldn't be who I am today without all of the struggles, blessings and memories. 

When I turned 21 at midnight last year, I was doing laundry at school and the washer broke so I hand washed all of my clothes in the sink. The laundry room was freezing and I remember being freaked out because there was a giant centipede in the sink when I went to wash the detergent out of my clothes. The time on my phone said 12:05 and I remember thinking, this year is going to be something else. It was like the Lord was telling me to hold on tight and lean into Him. It took a while for me to get the picture... When I turned 22 last night, I was snuggled up in my bed, doing my devotions because I hadn't had time all day and thinking about all of the blessings that I have in my life. 

I truly give God all the glory for the ways He has shaped me this year. Sometimes change can hurt really bad. This doesn't make for a super happy birthday post, but to be completely honest this year was painful in many ways. However, I have never experienced peace like I have in the past year. If you are running from The Lord or scared to lean into Him for whatever reason know that I was there too, but also know that joy will come in the morning! The Lord will slowly chip away at the pain of your past and make you knew if you lean into Him.

Thank you all for helping to make my birthday so special every year! 
If you want to know a little about what me, you can read previous birthday posts here & here


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