A Year Older, but All the More Grateful

I am thankful and I want to share it.

Today I turned 23. Although what I really should say, is today the Lord gave me a chance to look back over the last year and realize all the ways He has blessed me. I had an amazing senior year at Franciscan. I graduated college. I was able to serve as a Lead facilitator. I learned how to wait on the Lord and grow in patience through my time of job searching. I said yes to a leap of faith and crazy adventure known as Duluth…. just to skim the surface!

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

And right now, I am so very thankful for my new adventure the Lord has brought me to here in Duluth as a youth minister. Over the last year of finishing up at Franciscan, I thought a lot about what post-grad life might be like. I had many different ideas and I had my fears as well. I feared I would miss Franciscan, I feared that I would be alone. And when graduation came around, it still wasn’t quite clear where exactly the Lord was leading me. But two months of praying and waiting later, the Lord opened the doors He invited me to walk through…. and what a beautiful adventure it has been! I might not be in school anymore, but I am learning so much by the day! It’s a lot and I am tired – but with the knowledge and peace and reassurance that I am right where I am supposed to be – gratitude and joy abounds! It is all very human, but it is also too good to be true.

I am thankful for my life today on this birthday and I am thankful for the Lord’s love. I’m not the biggest birthday fan, but I will not pass up┬áthis opportunity to thank the Lord, because it is quite an amazing life He has given me.