Tomorrow is my 26th birthday.
Though if you ask the waitress at our favorite local restaurant, I look 15. And if you ask her mom, the owner, I look about 20.
I think it's funny.
But with tomorrow being my 26th birthday, I've decided to take some time and reflect on this last night of being 25. And I've chosen to do that with all of you.
25 was a fabulous year in many ways. It started off with a birthday trip to Greenfield Village, a home inspection, church, and dinner with some great friends who are so dear to my heart.
God was bringing me out of a year that, while filled with good times and healing, was also incredibly difficult.
And 25 was a year where God continued to heal my heart. It's been a year that's just been good. Fun. Joy-filled.
Yes, there have still been days that have been full of frustration and annoyances, but looking back, it's been a year of blessings.
Material blessings: a new house, stuff for the house, Orlando vacation, and more.
Physical blessings: almost 20 lbs. lost, less headaches as I've starting cutting out processed foods, better health in general.
Relationship blessings: friends that are more like family, coworkers who are more like family, new friends, old friends, trips to see friends.
Spiritual blessings: growing closer to Jesus, letting God show me who he created me to be, talking with friends about Jesus, about what Jesus is doing in my life, about what he is or could be doing in their lives, watching people grow closer to Jesus... even if they don't always realize that they're getting closer to Jesus.
25 has been a good year. Lots of good memories. Lots of joyous laughter. Lots of being who God made me to be. Lots of life lived fully.
I can only imagine what 26 will bring.