Wednesday, June 4, 2014


In a few days I will be turning 25. Here's a list of 25 things I've learned so far in this life in celebration of my 25th birthday.

Thanking Jesus for each moment and looking with hope towards all He has for our future in Him.

1. Be present in each moment. As present as you can possibly be. Each moment is a sweet gift that is so fleeting. Enjoy it.

2. True friendships are the best friendships. Those friendships may be 15 years old, or 15 days old but when they come along, invest fully in them. Love people well. 

3. Nothing really helps morning sickness. You try everything, some things work for you, some don't. Don't be discouraged. It's a super hard season, but from what I hear, it's totally worth it. 

4. Be thankful for the family God has given you. No family is perfect but every family is worth loving and investing in. I am SO thankful for mine and Matt's families. We have been blessed beyond measure in that department. 

5. Grape Kool-Aid and Tang are equally as delicious drinks as an adult as they were as a child. Kroger carries both. Invest in some. 

6. Husbands don't stop dating your wife and wives don't stop loving and serving your husband. Times change, life happens, LOVE remains. Invest in your spouse and his/her heart. Know them and love them. 

7. Paint your kitchen teal if you want a teal kitchen. It's super adorable. 

8. Cancer is hard. SO incredibly hard.  Hope is bigger and God is healer. He can work miracles like He did in my daddy. 

9. Sometimes you just need someone to cry with you. Sometimes you need someone to cry for you when you can't even force out tears. Sometimes you just need to cry. 

10. Worry is worthless and a waste but real and wrecking. God is bigger and better and the only comfort you will ever know in that place. He will meet you there.

11. Invest in the lives of children around you. They don't have to be your own kids for you to love them and point them to Jesus.

12. The Pioneer Woman's iced coffee recipe is insanely delicious and I recommend everyone trying it. Now. Seriously, buy a pitcher and some cheesecloth and get to work. You'll thank me later.

13. Miscarriage is incredibly, overwhelmingly, hard. But God is more gracious than pain is deep, and He is good whether it feels like it or not.

14. Evaluate the lies you are believing when you catch yourself spinning into anxiety. What are you not believing about Jesus? What is His truth? Look for it. Dig into it. Immerse yourself into it when it's easier to fear.

15. I never thought I would like dogs and then we got Piper Jane. Dogs are priceless and precious and love in the good and hard.

16. Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep - Romans 12:15.  Live this and embrace what it means in both contexts.

17. Trusting Jesus isn't as easy as people make it out to be in casual conversation or in an instagram picture's caption. It's hard and hurts but good and grace-filled. God is big enough to handle our doubts and fears and loving enough to embrace us in the brokenness and bring us to His heart.

18. Let people in. Be real. Be honest. Be open. You will be blessed.

19. Love your grandparents and spend time talking to them. They are an incredible blessing of wisdom, love and knowledge. Really, spend time with lots of people older than you. Soak up what God has taught them through the years.

20. Peace and pain can exist at the same time.

21. Wrestle with God but remind yourself that He is the ultimate good and loving victor of the entire universe. How cool is it that He hears us?

22. Invest in a steam mop. Those things are just incredible I tell you.

23. Live with purpose and on mission. Be intentional to love the people around you. Some people may not be open to hearing the words of Jesus but loving them anyway could be what God uses to change their hearts to Him.

24. Accept that some years are going to be hard. 24 was a hard year for me. Look with hope towards the goodness of the future God has for you despite your circumstances.

25. Know, that no matter where you are, how far you've strayed,  how hurt you feel, you are loved by a God who died for you and adores you at your darkest. (Romans 5:8)