November 28, 2012

Eighteen Years of God's Faithfulness

Today I celebrate eighteen wonderful years of life.

It's kind of funny how eighteen seemed like such a big number when I was younger, but now that I've reached it, it doesn't seem quite so intimidating. The past eighteen years have been years of learning and growing, and I wouldn't trade them for anything. God has taught me a lot over the years. Lessons on faith, patience, and joy. Again and again He has shown me His faithfulness and love, even though I don't deserve it.

>> He has encouraged me on days that seem harder than others. Maybe it's as simple as a Bible verse coming to mind, an encouraging note from a friend, or a little blessing that reminds me of just how much my God cares for me.

>> I had been praying for a horse for years. When I was twelve I purchased a horse named Buck who lived up to his name, bucked me off, and I broke my arm. Long story short, I ended up selling him and questioned why God would allow it to happen after I had prayed for so long. But then only three months later He gave (yes, free of charge) me a lovely Quarter Horse mare named Flash who has been the best horse ever. And now six years later He has blessed me with yet another horse, a gorgeous mare named Jade. God is good.

>> I have been blessed with amazing friends who love the Lord and encourage me in my walk with Him. Friends to laugh loud with, cry with, talk late into the night with, and snap photos with. Gotta love 'em!

>> I have a wonderful family. Amazing parents who teach me about the Lord, and six great siblings who are so much fun to be with. I love, love, love them, and thank God for giving me such great people to live with! 

I could go on, and on, and on listing all of the blessings that God has given to me. He is faithful, and I know it to be true because I have seen it again and again over the past eighteen years. Getting older brings on new decisions to make, new chapters to open, and new steps of faith to take. But I know that God is faithful, and I trust that He will guide me no matter what I may face. The past eighteen years have been pretty amazing, and I'm looking forward to the next eighteen.


  1. happy birthday! may your next 18 be blessed as much the first! XOXO :)

  2. happy birthday, Rebecca! :) you're blog is such an encouragement and inspiration... I pray you will continue to grow in Him, and accomplish His great plans for your life. :] may Jesus bless you, friend, in the next 18 years of your life. :) ::hugs!::


  3. Happy Birthday! Praying you have a amazing 18th year!

  4. Happy 18th birthday, Rebekah! I pray that your special day is very blessed. =) And I love that last picture... stunning!

    In His Love,

  5. Happy Birthday!! =D
    ~The Keller Girls~

  6. What a lovely post of gratitude and thankfulness, Rebekah! So inspiring and sweet.

    Wishing you a Merry 18th Birthday, and many more to come!

    Take care. :)

  7. Happy birthday! God is so good and greatly to be praised! <3 Praying that God would continue to show His love and mercy to you as you live your life for Him...

  8. Happy Birthday. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! :D :D :D

  10. Happy Birthday!!!! Thats great that you got another horse! You still have Flash though, right?

    1. Thank you, Summer! Yes, I still have Flash! Even when she gets too old to be ridden (and hopefully that won't be for awhile!), she has earned the privilege of living out her days on our farm as a pasture pet :)

  11. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a blessed year.

  12. thank you so much rebekah for your lovely note! it is wonderful seeing you again on my new blog, and happy belated birthday! may you have a wonder filled year as an eighteen year old! God is faithful. oh how true and wonderful that is.

  13. Happy, happy birthday, Rebekah! I pray you had a special day and filled it with many good memories. May the Lord guide you in this new year of life as you press on to know and serve Him even more. Keeping shining your life for Him!
    God bless!

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