18 Things I'm Thankful for on this Birthday

Monday, August 14, 2017

This morning I awoke to 7 silhouette figures standing in my dorm room before the break of day. Still feeling a bit unaware of what was going on, I suddenly realized these unknown figures were singing something. "Happy birthday!!!" Their enthusiasm woke me up all the way! I looked at the clock and found that I only had a few minutes before morning prayer: my alarm had not gone off. Soon enough, I found myself walking next to my friend Briana, who was born on the same day I was. She had something incredibly encouraging to share:
"Isn't it exciting to think we can live 100% for Jesus every day of 18?!"
I needed this reminder, being the type to feel like a birthday was just another day on the calendar.

Today I am officially no longer a child. Hum. It's quite exciting! There are so many things to be thankful for as 18 rolls around. So here are 18 things I am overwhelmingly grateful for this year:

1. Jesus
His faithfulness, His greatness, and His sufficiency. He has held me fast through every storm and tempest; through every sunrise and sunset. He has been so faithful to draw me nearer to Himself.
2.  My Family
Jesus has used them greatly in my life, and I love them more than words can say!
3.  The amazing opportunity to serve as a nursing assistant
4. Kiddos
Their smiles, giggles, and sweetness.
5. The many people who have mentored me and pushed me toward Jesus
A few of them being: Eric and Leslie Ludy, everyone else at Ellerslie, Nicole Botrouff, my wonderful mother, Elisabeth Elliot, Amy Carmichael, Sarah Guthrie, and Vibia Perpetua,
6. The book of Isaiah
7. Rain: sprinklings, downpours, and monsoons, all of it!
8. Jesus' brilliant and breathtaking design of this world and the people in it, and the honor of capturing some of it on camera
9. Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Dissection, and Intro to Nursing--four of my favorite classes ever!
10. "Set-Apart Femininity" By Leslie Ludy, "Tramp for the Lord" By Corrie ten Boom, "The Pursuit of God" By A.W. Tozer, "A Chance to Die" By Elisabeth Elliot and other spectacular books that have lifted my eyes to the One who is worthy.
11. The jobs I have had the privilege of being stretched and uplifted in: Nannying, Daycare, Tutoring amazing kiddos, and Assisted Living.
12. Color
God could have made a world with only black and white tones, but He didn't! Just peek out the window! Everything is exploding with color!
13. The 50mm lens
This lens gave me an entirely different perspective on capturing moments, and changed much of the way I see the world (the little things, and sweet moments), and how I do sessions.
14. A Novissionary season of life!
15. "A Missionary's Expectation" By Elisabeth Elliot, "The Storehouse" (as I call it) By Gladys Aylward, "The Amen Life"  and "The Auschwitz Within" By Eric Ludy
16. Jesus' perfect constancy, unshakableness, and faithfulness through the hardest and most painful times of life.
17. The incredible honor of attending Ellerslie Discipleship Training--I wish this semester never had to end!
18. Music! What an amazing avenue to worship our worthy King! He invented every note and every key!

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