December 1, 2011


Another year has come and gone. 

On Monday I celebrated my seventeenth birthday, and I can hardly believe how the time flies. It seems like just yesterday that I was counting down the days to my tenth birthday, yet here I am celebrating seventeen wonderful years of life. This past year has been a year of learning, growing, laughter, and tears. A year of growing closer to the Lord.

Memories of earlier years come flooding to my mind. Playing spy. Riding pigs. Sneaking through the woods while playing capture the flag. Building snow forts. Those years seemed so carefree. It's interesting to see how priorities change as I've gotten older. In time that I used to use for playing outdoors or having tea parties with dolls, I now spend in school work, planning Bright Lights meetings, working outside, or taking pictures. Yet even looking back at the simplicity of that earlier stage of life, I still wouldn't trade it for what I have now. I've found that getting older isn't just about a change in priorities, it's also about taking on new responsibilities, learning new things, and growing in the Lord.

Growing up can bring mixed emotions. On the one hand, I'm excited about the future and where the Lord will lead me. On the other hand, growing up can be a complicated process! There are so many decisions, unanswered questions, and uncertainties. But the Lord is faithful and I know that He will guide me no matter what I may have to face. I love this stage of life...but then again I'll be saying that 20 years from now too.

"For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations."
Psalm 100:5


  1. Oh Happy Birthday Rebekah!I Hope you had a wonderful day and I pray that you will continue to grow in the Lord through each and every day.

    xxxGod Bless,

  2. Oh, how true, how true. I will be seventeen and a half on the 22nd, and and the more I try to hold on to the time, the faster it slips away. And so we learn to trust, and to follow. I worry very much about the future and this verse has long been my comfort.
    Jeremiah 29:11
    I commonly quoted verse, but a precious one that lies dear to my heart. :)

  3. Happy Belated Birthday Rebekah! :) I hope your 17th year will be a blast for you!

  4. Happy (late) birthday! Your post didn't show up in my stuff until today! So I didn't get to wish you a happy birthday ON your birthday ;)
    Well, Happy 17 Birthday!!! I hope it was a special one!!!! God bless!!!<3

  5. HAPPY (very late) BIRTHDAY, REBEKAH!!! Thank you so much for your comments on my blog. ;)
    The love of the Lord shines through your smile and your blog...I love them both. Keep living for Him!

  6. Hola Rebekah!! Happy 17th!! May God bless you with many surprises and more spontaneously fun moments in the future! Bye Bye and keep posting, love your blog!

  7. Happy Birthday, Rebecca! I pray that you will continue to grow in the Lord as the years pass. Thanks for all your encouraging posts!

    In Christ,

  8. Happy Birthday Rebekah! I turned 17 in May and felt the same way you do. There's so much ahead and so many beautiful memories behind, it's exciting to see how the Lord works in our lives! I pray that you have a wonderful seventeenth year.

    In Christ,

    P.S. I love your new blog name and design!

  9. Thank you all for your sweet comments!