.....for me! For my 16th birthday, (yeah, I'm suuuper late on posting this...) Auntie Sandee wanted to throw me a tea party with all the cousins, aunties and grandmas. I walked into her house and was instantly blown away at the decorations, the AMAZING food, and the amount of gifts at my chair!
After a delicious lunch, the appointed gift-passer passed me the first gift, and with it a little envelope. It was then explained to me that there were 16 gifts for me to open, with a verse for each one chosen by my aunts and grandmas. Uh, WOW! Auntie Sandee made some extra special by putting my name in them.
"Let Sydney use her gifts to serve others, faithfully administering your grace in its various forms so that in all things you will be praised and receive glory." 1 Peter 4:10-11
"As Sydney considers her gifts, cause her to lean not on her own understanding, but acknowledge you in all her ways, so that you - the One who created and gifted her will make her paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
"You made some people apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. Show Sydney where she fits into your divine arrangement, and let her use her gifts to prepare your people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built in love." Ephesians 4:11-16
"Thank you that Sydney is your workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which you prepared in advance for her to do." Ephesians 2:10
"Thank you for the special gift you have given Sydney. Show her how her gift differs from the gifts you have given others and let her be generous, diligent, cheerful in using it." Romans 12:6-8
"Show Sydney how to use her gifts and talents wisely, being faithful with the abilities you have given her." Matthew 25:21
"And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever." Daniel 12:3
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2
"Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning." Proverbs 9:9
"She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue." Proverbs 31:26
"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised." Proverbs 31:30
"And whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father" Colossians 3:17
"For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure." Phillipians 2:13
"The Lord is faithful and will give you strength." 2 Thessalonians 3:3
"Let all that you do be done in love." 1 Corinthians 16:14
"Guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life." Proverbs 4:23
"Always be ready to listen and slow to speak." James 1:19
As I'm reflecting on these verses, I'm realizing that I need to make every one of them a prayer for my life. I feel so loved by all the women in my family as they direct me to God's Word, teaching me that He is the One who I need to look to for direction in my life.
So, thank you so so much to Auntie Sandee for being a great hostess and godly woman in my life. You are always so amazingly generous and hospitable. I'm so thankful for you and all my other aunties who made it all happen!
He's really cute. He has super long lashes and the most beautiful blue eyes I've ever seen. His laugh is one of my favourite sounds in the world. And he's 21....months.
Seriously, though. I am just so grateful to be a stay-at-home big sis. How else would I be able to see my little Brocky (and all my other siblings) grow up right in front of me? I wouldn't know the feeling of daily slobbery kisses and choking hugs. Here, I wouldn't trade any of that for the world. Here, I'm being homeschooled, while most girls my age are dating and getting their hearts broken every couple weeks. So even when I'm not following the "normal" culture of having to constantly be with a guy, I'm happy.
"Oh, come on! Dating's not bad, it's just for fun! Aren't you lonely?"
No. No I'm not. And what's the point of dating when you are always going through a vicious cycle of getting together, breaking up, getting together, and breaking up? What kind of person would want a heart that's fallen apart so many times?
This is why I've chosen to, instead of dating and trying out different guys all the time, to save my heart for the one I'll spend the rest of my life with. Instead of always being with a guy, I'm with my family. And I'm learning to lean more on God, too. Because He's really the only one who can fill that desire to be loved truly and unconditionally (and repair broken hearts, too). The least I can do is to love and serve Him back.