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8.07.2014

MY TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR.


It's my birthday today! Surprise! I am officially twenty-six years young. Last year I was slightly overreacting about turning twenty-five. Everyone was telling me that twenty-five was a great year and I didn't believe them, but you know what?..it wasn't half bad. There were highs and lows and laughter and tears. I learned a lot about when to hold on and when to let go, about loving others well, and about being myself.

The phrase I chose for myself this year was "be brave". It was a reminder and a challenge to myself to be braver with my life, and I wasn't exactly sure what that meant at the beginning of the year. I wasn't sure if that meant making huge life decisions and taking great leaps of faith or if it meant being brave in the little things. As the year has progressed, I realize that being brave this year has meant learning to be myself. My true self. The version Jesus has always meant for me to be. Not the version of myself the world tells me I have to be in order for people to like me...because that is exhausting, and in the end, not worth it. It's scary to be yourself sometimes, to be that vulnerable and to let others see you as you really are. I have learned this year not to be embarrassed of my life, the direction it is or is not headed, my current circumstances, the things I like to do, and even the things I'm not very good at. Being brave has meant making some really difficult decisions regarding some friendships. Being brave has meant admitting when I was wrong. Being brave has meant trusting the Lord even when he tells me "no" or "wait". Being brave has meant celebrating others even when my heart was breaking.  Being brave has meant rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep. Being brave has meant being unapologetically myself. I want my life to be one of authenticity, and I pray that comes across to the dear hearts I come in contact with on this journey.

I joked with my best friend a few months ago about getting older and that I hoped I was also getting wiser. As I turn another year older, I do hope that I am becoming wiser, that I am cultivating a kind and gentle heart, and that I am learning to love well and more like Jesus. I sincerely pray that I will remember and practice the things Jesus has taught me as I continue on this grand adventure of life. Thanks for walking this road with me, brave hearts.

Here's to another year of learning, growing, loving, and being brave.

38 comments:

Megan McIlvaine said...

Thanks Robyn!! Ahh! August is a great month for birthdays! :)

Madison said...

Happy birthday girly! 26 looks great on you already :)

allisonramsing said...

What a fantastic phrase for the year!

Sweet Little Ones said...

What a beautiful and inspiring post. Thanks for sharing your heart! I hope you have a wonderful birthday and a blessed upcoming year! -Jess

Elizabeth Mayberry said...

Happy Birthday Brave One!

haleysimmons said...

Hi! Just stumbled across your blog through Oak + Oats - love it! Just wanted to say hi (and happy birthday!) :)

Shannon Kennedy said...

Happy happy birthday!

Amy said...

this right here,
"I want my life to be one of authenticity, and I pray that comes across to the dear hearts I come in contact with on this journey"
is so true. and you HAVE built an authentic life that just shines through.
It is so apparent that God used 25 to instill some beautiful truths in your heart! <3
Happy Birthday!!

Emily @ Table + Hearth said...

Happy birthday! I feel like it gets alot better as I get older :)

Lauren Cornwell said...

Happiest Birthday!!

Jessica Thornton said...

Happy birthday to you!

Kristina said...

The happiest of birthdays to you Megan! I haven't been following your journey for that long yet but I can already tell you that you reach and encourage a lot of people with this wonderful blog of yours! Have a wonderful day :)

Nina B said...

26 has been all about bravery for me. Let's do this thing/year.

Britney said...

Love your thoughts here girl! I can totally relate :)
Happy Birthday!

Susannah said...

Happy birthday! I hope year 26 is your best one yet!

Jenny Fish said...

Happy Birthday, Meg! I hope year 26 brings joy and laughter and courage!

Ali Smith said...

happy birthday! 25 was the only birthday I've freaked out about too. Don't know why that age is so scary to so many of us. I think I believed the lie that I had to have my life together by 25.

Samantha@Elah Tree said...

Ahhhhh! Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday! I love your words here! That are so sweet and lovely! I think you're the best!

Meagan said...

Happy happy birthday to YOU!!

Megan McIlvaine said...

thank you!!

Megan McIlvaine said...

Awww thank you, friend!! So glad to know you. One day I'm going to come visit you in SoCal!

Megan McIlvaine said...

Haha!! Yes! But that's exactly what it is...a lie. :) Once I got over that little bump in the road, everything was fine!

Megan McIlvaine said...

Thank you, Jenny!

Megan McIlvaine said...

Oh thank you!

Megan McIlvaine said...

Britney! Thank you! Hope you have an encouraging weekend!

Megan McIlvaine said...

YES. Let's do this.

Megan McIlvaine said...

Kristina, you are so sweet! Thank you :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

Thank you!

Megan McIlvaine said...

Thanks girl!

Megan McIlvaine said...

I agree!

Megan McIlvaine said...

Thanks so much, friend. I am grateful for you!

Megan McIlvaine said...

Thank you!

Megan McIlvaine said...

Thanks Haley!! So glad you stopped by! :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

Love you lots.

Megan McIlvaine said...

Thanks Jess!

Megan McIlvaine said...

Thanks Allison!

Megan McIlvaine said...

Psh. You're gonna make me blush. ;) Thanks for the happy birthday!

Robyn Black said...

happy birthday! we share the same birthday month! :) you are exactly 17 days older than me - i'll be 26 this year too!!