Turning Seventeen

I hope that you are all having a wonderful Monday so far! Mine has been great. It’s beautiful outside, I went and had breakfast at Cracker Barrel with my dad, and my family and I are going strawberry picking after lunch. Most of you might already know that today is my 17th birthday!

When I was little, the most exciting thing about birthdays was always the presents and the parties. And while I still think that both of those things are a lot of fun (especially when celebrating others’ birthdays!), this year has been different for me.

in a new town with Elizabeth. {4/9/17}
I’ve realized that there’s more to life than the things we own, the status we have, and the audience that we captivate. It’s about family and friends, making happy memories, and exploring new places. Above all, it’s about coming to know our Heavenly Father even more. That is a lifelong process that doesn’t ever seem to tire me, but instead brings me to love Him even more.

In the five years that I’ve known the Lord, He has taught me to love my family, take care of myself, and to value my relationship with Him above all else. I’m learning to trust in Him and to submit everything that troubles me into His hands.

me and Samuel. {4/9/17}
So on this day, April 10th, my seventeenth birthday, I don’t want to celebrate by eating a huge cake and opening piles of presents (which I wouldn’t/couldn’t do, anyway, but still lol); I want to celebrate the life that the Lord has given me, and the job that I have on this earth: to know Him and to make Him known.

with Joshua. {4/9/17}
It starts here in my household as I learn to embrace my family, to accept all of our flaws and to love us for who we are. And one day, in the Lord’s timing, according to His will, He will take me to Guatemala, where I can minister to the children at a place that has completely stolen my heart. ❤ (You can learn about this place by clicking the Menu on my blog! It’s The Organization.)

While at Cracker Barrel with my dad this morning, I found this sign, and I knew that it would be the perfect thing to accompany me on my walk to adulthood.

That is my desire: to have a gentle spirit, a kind heart, and a brave soul – especially out on the mission field!

Thank you guys so much again for wishing me a happy birthday. I am certainly having one, thanks to all of you. 🙂 God bless!!

— Maggie

62 thoughts on “Turning Seventeen

  1. I randomly found this olderish post on your blog and had to read it, since I’m seventeen today haha. (: I have to tell you it was so inspiring to read, and your wanting to have a ‘gentle spirit, kind heart, & brave soul’ is seriously #goals for me as well. Absolutely loved reading. xoxo

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