Today is the day we celebrate my birth. It’s normally a day filled with selfish behavior, or really spoiled brat baby behavior, but it’s ok. Really it is, who could do this better than me, yeah no one. Lol 😂
I was looking back at my year and thinking, a lot has happened in the last 365 days. I’ve grown in the Lord, I’ve struggled with When U Pray and what it needs to looks like moving forward. I’ve watched my marriage grow and become more fulfilling. I’ve seen my 12 year old granddaughter struggle through school and friendship decisions, various life lessons and just being 12. I’ve seen my 4 year old granddaughter come into her personality and her love for life and everything in it. I’ve watched my daughter continue her struggle with anxiety and depression, watched her show up for panel discussions and blog posts while she was yet in the midst of a panic attack, I’ve been amazed at her capacity to just keep going.
Lord Knows it has not been easy this year. I was thinking In spite of all that I’ve been through I have had some adventures. I spent a week in Palm Springs with the amazing Water Walking Women. I took a two week vacation and went to Rome, Malta and Greece. I got to see the Sistine Chapel, yes little ole me, al I could do was cry and Thank God. I stood on the pages of history in the Roman Colliseum, panicked atop a mountain in Santorini Greece and shopped like a boss in Mykonos Greece, stood outside the atheneum in Greece. I buried my maternal grandfather, my stepfather, my Aunt Kat, one of my best friends, a youndlady I went to church with who was so dope, and my Father. Death has been a constant visitor this last year. I was getting ready to feel sorry for myself until I remembered the many bonds of friendship that were formed and made stronger this year and the healing with family members. There is just too much to be grateful for.
I decided to have joy instead of pain, peace instead of turmoil and love instead of hate. No, my year wasn’t perfect but it was amazing.. looking forward to another year of awesomeness.
“I am telling you this, but not because I need something. I have learned to be satisfied with what I have and with whatever happens. I know how to live when I am poor and when I have plenty. I have learned the secret of how to live through any kind of situation—when I have enough to eat or when I am hungry, when I have everything I need or when I have nothing. Christ is the one who gives me the strength I need to do whatever I must do.”
Philippians 4:11-13 ERV