So as some of you may know, July is my birthday month!
I turned 27 on July 1st! It was such a great day!
I just love birthdays— I mean who doesn’t love a day to celebrate themselves.
One of my love languages is words of affirmation, so having encouraging birthday messages just warms my heart.
I also had a couple of small surprises like a cake and coffee brought to me that just makes you feel all nice and happy! 🙂
It was a great day to kick off being 27!
Pictures from the day below— though I didn’t get as many pictures as I would like cause my phone died at dinner, but maybe it was God drawing me in to the moment cause you only get one birthday dinner on your 27th year of life!
Live action shot of me realizing I can’t hold up with my hands the number 27!
Reflecting on the past 27 years of life, I wanted to share something I will carry into this next year— something I am continuing to learn, improve on, and perfect.
As with most things for me, articulating the lesson helps to carry it out—that lesson being the idea of asking/discerning when to ask for help.
It’s never been easy for me to ask for help, and it is often even harder for me to discern when I need help and with what.
I’ve learned—more times the hard way than easy way— that we can’t do everything ourselves, and we weren’t designed to do everything ourselves.
Asking for help can sometimes be seen in a negative light as if we should be able to do everything ourselves; however, we were made to need community and to need Jesus.
It is actually honoring the Lord’s provision for humanity to ask for help.
As I think about a shift at work or while getting through school, I think of how many times it is a team effort to carry out tasks for patients or how many times I studied for tests in groups.
Often that is when we are the most productive, and it certainly provides the best outcome for others.
It is a constant skill I am learning how to do: asking for help and knowing when it is necessary.
As I continue to practice and ask for wisdom in this department, I remind myself of this:
Asking for help is not indicative of incompetency; rather, it is a sign of wisdom—the act of knowing and proclaiming we cannot do life on our own.
My word for year 2020 was courage, and BOY! have we needed courage to make it through such a tough year thus far?! As I take on the next year of life, I pray for courage to continue asking for help while leaning into the Lord and into others.
We were meant to walk through life with a community that continues to build others up. Let us be one that values asking for help and being asked to help.
This is my prayer for the year: for courage and for help.
Thank you Jesus for another year of life and another year of learning how to live like you.