This is us on my 21st birthday last year, right after we got engaged! I'm afraid my man will never be able to out-do himself. That night was so amazing. Well OK...he probably can (because he can do anything), but I don't see how!
Here we are a month ago around Jonathan's birthday. (Notice the short hair!!! So much better!)
I am so thankful for another year of life. God has blessed me tremendously. Though much has changed in my life, I wonder how many things have changed that truly impact eternity. I can't predict how many more years of life I have left on this earth. One year may be all I have left. I have no guarantee that I will ever exceed 22 years of life. My prayer is that every second of this next week, month, year, or however long I have left to breathe, is passionately spent for the glory of God and reaching the world.
So, I conclude with pieces of wisdom from two men who lived impacting lives. There's nothing particularly significant as to why I chose these two (for there are many who lived and died for God's glory), but these are the ones that were brought to my mind today.
Jim Elliot: He lived a very short life and was martyred by the Aucca Indians
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."
Moses: He lived a very long life and died up on a mountain with the Lord"I gain Him - sensing my losses, not losing my senses.I am found in Him - lost to myself.I know Him - forgetting Him as One I know after the flesh.I experience the power of His Resurrection - positive force.I experience the fellowship of His sufferings - natural outcome.I am conformed to His death - ultimate on earth.I attain resurrection - ultimate in glory"
The years of our life are seventy,May I be ever seeking to live purposefully, in tune with God's Spirit. My old youth pastor at FBC Jax once said, "Proof of fellowship with God is a life of love." I hope I can embody that statement by the end of my life, whenever that may be.
Or even by reason of strength eighty;
Yet their span is but toil and trouble;
They are soon gone, and we fly away...
So teach us to number our days
That we may get a heart of wisdom.
Moses said, "Please show me your glory."
(Exodus 33: 18)