My birthday was GREAT! I woke up and decided to have breakfast at the Waffle House. I love the Waffle House because I feel like I am stepping back in time when I go in there. It’s like the twilight zone. I got calls from my mom and my friend Jen to start off the day which was lovely. I worked most of the day but the guys I work with in the maintenance shop took me out to lunch at Ruby Tuesdays. I tried something new and it was very delicious. I left early and had a bit of down time before heading off to church for dinner and Bible study. It was nice because I actually got there in time to have a relaxing meal instead of having to battle traffic and then eat quickly. Then to top off the evening, I was treated to dessert by my friend and mentor ‘A.’ I had tiramisu and Bailey’s and Cream. It was great!
It was a long day and I was very tired by the time I got home, but I felt loved and appreciated and thankful for another year of life. In reflecting back on this year, it has been both exciting and trying. In my 27th year of life I really began to understand God’s call on my life. I also took the first steps towards that call and started seminary and became an Inquirer. It has been a year of change. The ideas and ideals that I have held for many years have been re-evaluated in this year of life and some of them have been replaced, others have been tweaked, and still others remain on the table as unsolved mysteries. I preached and led a worship service for the first time too and that was an amazing experience. I started this blog. I met some new friends that have blessed me immensely. I also celebrated my one year anniversary of resigning my commission in the Navy and walked down the aisle as the Maid of Honor in my Mom’s wedding.
In the midst of all that this were many tears, quite a few laughs (some from the toes), many hours of friends patiently listening to my end of conversations that all too often turned into monologues, and quite a few good books.
All in all I can say this: I am glad to be alive. As trying and gloomy as some of my days have been, I am still glad to be here on this third rock from the sun. And I am glad to be a part of the Kingdom now. So 28, here I am! What will this next year of life bring? No body knows. But I am hopeful that God will give me the grace and strength to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God.
Photo by: zappowbang