“Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be My people, and I will be their God.” (Ezekiel 11:20)
So today I turn 26. I have now lived longer than a 1/4 of a century and I don’t have much more knowledge from the last year but this sums it up:
I learned to walk but have not yet conquered walking away from things that are not good for me. I learned to talk but am still trying to figure out when it is best to shut up. I have learned to count but have forgotten on many occasions to count my blessings. I have learned the English language but out of all those words sometimes I still can’t find anything nice to say. I have failed at much, succeeded at few, and kept trying at others. I have made my share of mistakes, carry some burdens better left alone, and loved and lost. I have regrets and hurts but I also have blessings and healing. I have a husband who loves me, three absolutely amazing children (plus one I will meet once I have survived the next 75 years), a great family and some pretty cool friends.
I got a fresh start this year. New home, community, friends, church family and so many new adventures are waiting every day. I am extra blessed because I know that I still have an amazing community supporting me from PEI and family all over Canada who love me.
I also got a very important gift this year. I received grace and I also got the chance to give grace. I hope that for the next 26 years I will remember to praise God every day, that I will have more joy than sadness, more victories than failures, and that I will never again forget that family is everything.
The best advice I was given this year was this: “Baby sis, find happiness in what you have and stop looking for other things to make you happy. You have three amazing and healthy little boys. Once you find that, no matter what happens you’ll still have joy.”