Tomorrow I turn 20 years old. Woohoo! One decade to say goodbye to and one to say hello to. I’m really excited to turn 20. Unlike a lot of my birthdays where I’m sad to get older (forever young) I’m really looking forward to this year. I have a sense of peace about it and a very optimistic outlook on the next 365 days. I just feel in my gut that The Lord is about to do amazing things with my life. That makes me really happy. I’m filled with a lovely sense of hope tonight.
Looking back on TEN WHOLE YEARS is crazy. I’ve learned a lot, messed up, succeeded and changed drastically. I met my best friends in this decade through church and school. I changed schools thinking my life was falling apart. I made my relationship with Jesus mine– not my parents. I got baptized. I won a state championship and class elections. I started this blog. I cried over stupid and not so stupid things. Lost loved ones and saw birth. I joined a sorority and went to my dream school. I’ve seen my favorite artists in concert numerous times. I raised thousands with my best friends from church for orphans in Africa and sponsored Charlotte through World Vision. I graduated high school. I had braces. I went white water rafting, cave exploring, zip lining, hiking, biking, and to numerous different countries and states. I stood up to middle school meanies and was always more stubborn than the previous day. I learned to drive and can legally gamble and even buy a lottery ticket. Things have happened that I have forgotten, but that doesn’t mean that they didn’t shape me into the person I am today. All these things happened to me, but not because of me. Without Him I wouldn’t be here or have any of these experiences. He has molded me just like He promised– a potter and the clay. I’m so thankful that I know Him and that I can start off this next decade of life hand in hand with Him. Through the mountains and valleys of my 20s, I hope I am able to look back on my teens with a fondness that allows me to see how His perfect plan will always be revealed. He makes all things work together for our good!!!

Here’s to 20.