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Reflections of the Past Quarter Century

on February 22, 2015

25 years collage

Several weeks ago we rolled the calendars over into yet another year, 2015…my 25th year.  That final Thursday of January I found myself reflecting a whole bunch here I am am having lived on this earth for 1/4 of a century.  This time of reflection really had me thinking about the song Blessed Be His Name by Matt Redman part of which goes as such:

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

Through out my life I have be abundantly blessed by the Lord but have also experienced my share of losses.  Over the years I have been given the opportunity to go places many people never see in their life time.  In this short time I have been to Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Belize, St. Kitts, Nevis, Netherlands, Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  I have seen the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, as well as Victoria Falls.  I have been able to serve those in Zambia and Appalachia.

For as long as I can remember I have dreamed about becoming a doctor working in Africa and have feared being left behind.  The summer after my 6th grade year I took my first step at over coming this fear and went to my first overnight camp.  I still remember the salty tears rolling over my cheeks as the bus pulled away and my mom faded out of view.  As the years went on God continued to bring the blessings and turn me into the women I am today.

People came into my life and people left.  Death is a hard as you know you will not be seeing your loved one again this side of heaven (as the country song goes if only heaven wasn’t so far away).  Death is even harder when the people you lose are people you have always dreamed of being there at the big events in your life such as graduations and weddings.  Death is hard when the person is taken from us way to soon.  No one ever expects to be attending the funeral for a 16 year old friend.  Death is not only hard when it another person.  As I recently learned pets have a way of stealing a spot in our hearts making the pain no easier than the loss of the Grandfather.

I always wanted a dog and finally got my wish, my dream dog, when I was 10 and she was the best dog.  Sadly, age caught up with her this year and my family and I had to say our final goodbyes to her as we kicked off this New Year.  One usually thinks of a New Year as new beginnings but not so this year.

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

Over my life I have had many dreams some of which have come to be such as celebrating a birthday at Disney World, some of which are in the making, becoming a doctor, and some of which did not come true.  But still one must hold onto the hope that remains in the dreams that still exist and more importantly in hope of Lord.  Over these past 25 years I learned that no matter the out come we must still rejoice and praise God but he grieves with us when we are sad and will not leave us alone.  That means we must be in the here and now being nice to those around us.  What better way to start than with an attitude where you wake up in the morning praising God for another day on earth another breath to breathe and another chance to be a testimony.

Why not have an attitude where you look for the good not the bad in the situation?  This is not an easy attitude to have and honestly is still something I am working towards.  But look where God has me now even through all the bad there is good.  If you would ask my 15 year old self if I would move out of the country and live in St. Kitts for 19 months as part of my medical education I would have laughed and said yeah right maybe in a million years.

So here I am in 2015 wondering what the next quarter century will hold and counting my blessings, to name a few:

Almost done with my 2nd year of medical school; An amazing and loving family; An always present God; the best friends a girl could ask for; 3 adorable nieces and nephew; a new day to live; a church that I just love going to; and courage to step out and follow my dreams because the safety net is useless unless I step out on the tightrope or leap off the platform with the trapeze.

And remember…

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

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