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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

What Means The World To You

"Cause money mean the world to me, Imma shine for the world to see..."
I sincerely hope the title of this post has taken you back to your younger days and you are singing Cam'ron in your head as we speak. That was MY JAM when I first started driving! If you don't know who Cam'ron is then I don't even know what to tell you... Apparently my life revolves around song lyrics so I need all my friends to cooperate.

So I've been thinking a lot lately about funny life can be - about how quickly things can change, how ironically things can play out, about how worrying about the future does us absolutely zero good. (Even so, I'm pretty sure we are all guilty of worrying from time to time anyhow.) I'm at this place in my life right now where I feel like I'm teetering on the cusp on great change - and when these feelings hit me I'm always compelled to look back on how things have progressed.

I read this post today from my friend Annie Downs on turning 35 and what that means. I say she's my friend, but really we haven't met in real life. I just love her and I can relate to her story. This was my favorite part:
"It means all day today, I will celebrate the life I have. Not the one I’m missing out on or the one I’m waiting for, but the one I have. It means I wouldn’t trade what I do have for what I wished for. And I will celebrate how God made me. Not who I wish I was or the things I would change, but who I am. Today."


Perfectly said, RIGHT?!?!! My 31st birthday is quickly approaching in September. That statement is scary as crap to write and say out loud. 31????? When did I get old enough to be an almost 31 year old!!!! You know birthdays always make me feel some kinda way - 2013, 2014. Getting older tends to make me feel antsy. 


BUT My 30th year goal was to be in love with my life, every minute of it, and I think I'm finally starting to get a grip on that. I'm slowly learning at the ripe old age of 367 months old how to celebrate the life that I have TODAY and not worry about the one I thought I was missing out on.

I say that I feel like I'm on the edge of change for a lot of reasons. Talks of engagement, marriage, babies, traveling more for work, future life plans and lots of big girl things are happening these days. All of which are HUGE life changes, well worth celebrating. I'd be a lying dog if I told you I wasn't tickled pink with how things are going right now. I'm in such a strong place emotionally, for the first time probably since Skye and I broke up back in 2012. Being in a good place emotionally doesn't mean that I have it all together or that I don't cry when I have PMS. But it does mean I am better equipped for handling the challenges that inevitably come my way. The death of my mama back in April taught me so much about my emotional state and my ROCK that is my relationship with God. He has offered me a fresh start at everything. Not without struggle, and not with the promise of no future struggles, but with the faithful TRUTH that He will sustain all struggles. It's taken some time to cleanse my heart of hateful things and  to learn the glory of true grace. I hope I never stop learning this lesson and never stop extending it to others because it's been radically life changing for me. I'm not perfect at it, (not even close) but the Lord has brought my heart such a long way in these past three years. It just feels good to feel at peace with where I am. I'm thankful beyond words!
He is always beside me. I think this is a great verse (reminder) for the hurting people who are in extremely difficult times! If you know the Lord Jesus as your Savior, He is always there for you! Be encouraged! Especially for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines! HE knows your struggles, each and every one! He will be there through your dark and trying times! He WILL NOT FORSAKE YOU!!!

So what means the world to me? Loving my life fully. Being surrounded by people who love me and support me. Embracing changes when they come. Getting on my knees to thank God for His blessings - in good times and bad. Celebrating what I have and who I am. Grace, grace & more grace.

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12 comments:

Erin Gandy said...

Love this!

Jen @ South in the City said...

This post just makes me SOOO happy for you!! :) xoxo

Amanda aka Manda said...

Such a beautiful post! I'm so happy that life is going so well for you right now! You deserve it! I hope things continue to prosper and make you giggle and smile and praise Him every day!

Cabernet and Chaos said...

Love this post lady!!!! (Almost) 31 and Fabulous!

C Mae said...

This is off subject but thanks for commenting on my post today! I didn't even know if ppl still did the blog thing I've been away for so long....every other form of social media has trumped blogging it seems! :)

Elle Sees said...

omg how true this is! i needed like a kick in the pants. i truly need to remember to love the life i have!!

Ashley Robyn said...

I am just so happy for you friend. I love getting to see good things happen to such a beautiful person. You deserve all of the happiness. I truly believe that His plan is so much bigger than ours. You have opened up your heart to what he desires for you and those things are making themselves known. Cheers to a year of amazing things. Love you!

Amy @ Living n Learning said...

What a beautifully written post! :)

Ashley said...

This is so exciting!! Babies and marriage - WHOA! Big things! Happy for you friend!

Kenzie @ Life According to Kenz said...

Grace, grace, and more grace. Love you sweet one. Beautiful words!

P!nky said...

So glad you are in a happy place and cheers to big and better things on the horizon. babies and marriage, woooooohooo!!!

I need to learn from you about grace, I stink at it.

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