The Start of Twenty-Three

Today marks the start of 23 and I am overwhelmed with joy, thankfulness, and in awe of the Lord’s incredible faithfulness. Over the past year I have learned and grown more than I ever thought was possible. After having a conversation with a friend this weekend about this seemingly insignificant birthday, I was struck by the monumental changes that this one short year of life has brought and am celebrating these today.

This year has forced me out of my comfort zone and completely altered my view of people and myself. My confidence in who I am in Christ has solidified in who JESUS is. He is perfect and I am not. He is strong and I am weak. He is all-loving and my affections are wavering and temperamental.

This year has taught me even more about how fun, joyful, and absolutely hysterical life is. I have never laughed more than I have in the past year as the Lord continues to fill me with His joy and my heart rests secure in that. He has surrounded me with the most intentional and legitimate community that I have ever found and grown friendships {both old and new} in ways that I never thought possible.

 As my life continues to change more and more each day, I am learning to find peace in the way that I am being molded, stretched, and used by the Lord even when I don’t understand. There are days when all I can think about is how I have no idea what’s “next” for me, but recently I was struck by the fact of how incredibly BEAUTIFUL that is as I must constantly rely on the strength of my Father to sustain me. Isn’t it so much more worthwile to wait expectantly for the Lord instead of seeking comfort and security in the pleasures and mundane expectation of this world? He is more than enough.

Psalm 138:8 
“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.


So much love,
Emily 

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