Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Advice to my 23 year old self: pray. pray often. pray about everything.

At the age of 23, I had been married to my best friend Ken, for 2 years and 4 months. Joshua was just over a year. We were just moving back to our hometown after being away for a year and a half. My husband was hired to teach at the school he had been longing to. We were living in town in a great apartment, just down the street from where I lived the first 8 years of my life. I spent my days caring for Josh, reading and going for walks downtown. I have such a small memory of that apartment. We were only there for a few months before we moved to the country! (O:

We were happy and content. But I think if I could sum up my life around my 23rd birthday, I would say I was so very young and immature in the things that mattered. Sure I was a loving mom and wife, but my priorities were all wrong.

I was a Christian. There is no doubt that I believed. But I was one with a small faith and a pretty much non-existent prayer life. I also rarely opened my Bible. I didn't know what it was to be dependent on the Lord and I didn't appreciate the sacrifice He made for me in giving His Son.

On September 25, 2012, thirteen years will have passed since I was 23. I feel like I have lived thirty years of life in those thirteen. The most important thing I have learned is that first of all, you need to make God the centre of your life. Every single breath you take should be lived in thankfulness to the Creator who graciously gave you life and who sent His Son.

Secondly, God is faithful and never changes. No matter what road He puts you on, He will never leave you. He will always be there to give you the strength you need for that moment. God is merciful and gracious and has a wonderful plan for each of us, even if we can't see it in the moment.

I would also encourage you to be hospitable. Make it part of your routine. Invite people over for coffee or for supper, even if you are nervous about how good your coffee making skills are. (o: For some people hospitality is something that takes practice, so start early.

Be financially responsible. Making mistakes early on can really put you in a mess. It's not just the mess that is the problem, it's that we are called to be faithful with what the Lord has given. Remember that everything you own belongs to Him.

Pray. Pray often. Pray about everything. He knows. He hears. He answers.


God has chosen quite a journey for Belinda, and for her family. I've followed her blog as long as she's been writing, and enjoy reading each post - whether it's a quick family update or a thought-processing post. We grew up in the same home church but have both since moved away. 

I'm grateful to Belinda for sharing her advice. She has a way with words! :-)

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