Turning Seventeen

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. πŸ™‚ God bless!!

— Maggie

59 thoughts on “Turning Seventeen

  1. Happy Birthday Maggie!!!! What a great birthday post this is!! You are a shining light to all who read your(His) words. I know He is looking at you right now, full of Love. Seeing how you praise Him and give Him the glory and trust that He will take care of you, guide you and protect you. God Bless you Maggie. I pray the rest of your birthday goes as great as the first part. Enjoy the strawberries(I am jealous, they are my favorite) :):)

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    1. Oh, Margaret, thank you!!! I thought that all of your comments in the past have blessed me, but this one topped them all. x I can’t express how blessed I feel to know that someone cares about me like you do. I’m not used to that; aside from my family and the people I know on WordPress, I don’t have anyone else. So thank you for making my birthday weekend so special! ❀

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  2. Happy Birthday Maggie! It’s really great that at 17, you have already figure out what the important things in life are. Some go through their whole lives without ever knowing. You are definitely wise beyond your years. Those photos are beautiful. Have a great day!

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  3. Happy Birthday Maggie! I can see how happy you are, it radiates in all of your beautiful pictures. You are so much accomplished already at a very young age! I know you can do more. ❀ I know you are so much blessed. Sending you my love.

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      1. I am enjoying my Monday. It’s a beautiul day and I know this week is going to be productive. ☺️Hope you will have a magical week too. Enjoy your day, Maggie.. as always!! Have fun! 😊❀️

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  4. Happy birthday! πŸ˜€ Looks like you had lots of fun! The sign is really neat! πŸ™‚

    P.S.: I wrote this acrostic poem for you:

    Maggie

    Made the Awesome Blogger Award to shower others with glee
    April birthday to celebrate another year knowing Jesus
    Guatemala dreams fill her night
    God lights the path beneath her feet
    Is learning Spanish for her Lord’s glory
    Excited about being seventeen!

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    1. Thank you soooo much, Grace! πŸ’œ I definitely had an awesome birthday. Thank you! I love it πŸ’•
      Oh my goodness, Grace! That acrostic poem is absolutely amazing!!!! Thank you so very much for writing it! I’m going to copy it down and put it on my wall ❀️ I’ll post about it someday soon so you can see the finished product!

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  5. Okay I admit it. I’m a terrible online grandmother. I missed your birthday. I’m still a day behind because I keep thinking it’s Monday. Happy Belated Birthday, Beautiful Girl!!! You’re still everything I want to be when I grow up! lol

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  6. Happy Birthday Maggie! Your mom wrote a post about you on her blog and I am amazed by your blog as well! I think good writing and reflecting skills run in the genes! πŸ™‚ I am glad you have such a wonderful perspective and insight to life. Very impressive. I hope you enjoyed your special day and I look forward to reading through your blog!

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    1. Aww, thank you so very much!! ❀ I really appreciate your kind words. ☺️ Thank you, I had a very happy birthday. I'm glad that you enjoy my mom's blog, and I'm looking forward to reading yours! ❀

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  7. Happy birthday! (Belated!) What a wonderful post – you are certainly mature beyond your years to celebrate your birthday with the Lord to honor him, not glory in a pile of presents. Here’s to many more happy years!

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    1. Thank you so much, Katherine! ❀ My birthday was definitely much more joyful this year because my focus was on the Lord instead of the new things I got. It was a nice change! I hope that you're having a wonderful evening! x

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