As a kid, I couldn't wait for the day I could be a "big girl." The thought was so thrilling, so exciting, it seemed "cool." Sheesh, I wish I could go back now and tell that little girl to take her time. But here I am. 18. Not a clue in the world of the path that lies before me. But I do know this: Proverbs 12:28 says this, "In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death."
I may not know my future, but I do know Who holds my tomorrow. If I could give myself some advice, it would simply be this: Stay in God's will. Listen to His voice. The center of God's will is the safest place you could ever be. No matter how scary it may seem. No matter how hard it is. God's thoughts aren't ours. He has a plan.
I pray, that as I grow up in this big, big world, that I would evolve into a woman for God. Not for myself, because I am nothing. I'm messy. I'm human. I have faults. I don't want to live for myself and myself only. What an ungrateful life that would be! There's a God all around me Who wants to talk with me under the stars. Who wants to hear my thoughts. Who wants to see me succeed. But I must remember to shove my pride, my own desires, down the drain, because God has better plans. I trust and praise Him for that. I'd much rather have someone else take care of my life than my own messy self.
I'm so grateful for seventeen. It truly has been a good year full of lessons and lots of love. I can't thank God enough for the people He has placed around me and the blessings put upon me.
I started documenting snippets of my life each day when I turned seventeen up until I turned eighteen and compiled it into a video! It's been a blessing to watch back and fully see how the year developed into something so special.
As you watch the video below, I hope you know how thankful I am for you reading this! Seventeen was unforgettable and I wouldn't be here without all of your support and prayers. Thank you to all who made this year so incredible. I will never forget it. God has been so, so good. I'm very excited for you, eighteen.
I'll Keep Smiling,
Click the video to see snippets of my life as a 17 year-old!
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