“Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
On Tuesday 22 August I celebrated my 26th birthday, and although it wasn’t like any other birthday, it felt like any other day.
When I turned 25 last year, I had a small dinner with some close loved ones, but last year was notable for me as it marked the end of a long term relationship, and I really didn’t have the heart to do anything big and fancy. So this year, I thought, maybe I will make up for lost time…
Well Brothers and Sisters, I didn’t.
It wasn’t the extravaganza I thought it would be, but it was still nice.
On paper, I had a enviable day.
Thankfully I had the day off, so I spent it praying, gyming, eating and shopping – all my favourite pastimes.
I had numerous calls, texts, emails, voicemesages and voicenotes – more than I could count, and much more than I thought I deserved. And to top it all off, I was taken to dinner at one of my favourite restaurants in Mayfair by my current suitor/would-be Significant Other ❤
So on paper, it was great.
Perhaps the greatest memory was a chance to reflect on the past 26 years.
I’ve had highs and lows, been heartbroken and have broken hearts, but one thing remains…
God’s love has always grounded me. His kindness has always anchored me and his peace continues to guide me. After 26 years, I know now more than ever that I am loved, that I am special, that I am set apart for His work and to His glory. My mind has been through so many challenges this year, but my faith in Him has remained constant.
So my prayer for myself (and for you, if you choose to receive it) is that I will make Him proud this new year. I pray that I will learn to be obedient to His call, that I will focus more on Him and less on me. I pray that I will trust Him more and trust men less. I pray that I will enter into His rest, rather than busying myself with various good works. Above all else, I pray that my relationship with Him will continue to grow, and that He will continue to use me to His glory in Jesus’ name Amen.