In China most people don’t celebrate their actual day of birth, they just celebrate their year. Like this year it was the year of the dragon. When I told people I was 22 they thought I was born in ’91, but I was born in ’90 and I had to explain to them how in America we see one becoming a year older on the same date as their birth. But I did like this idea of having gained a year in age because it is, in fact, 23 years after 1990. So I got used to telling friends I met that I was 23. Well, in Beijing some of our American friends were talking about their age and one girl said she was 23 (not Chinese 23) and I said, “me too!” I said my birthday was coming up on the 23, not even thinking they assumed I was turning 24. Oops. Even I got confused on how old I really was. So I’ve been feeling 23 for about a month now.
I turned 23 on the 23rd, so this is to be my “golden year”. I’m not sure what that means, but I do like the numbers matching. Actually it was neat reading Jesus Calling yesterday with “golden” in mind because it was about turning our attention to Jesus in that moment of reading and letting His “gold-tinged love wash over you and soak into the depths of your being.” (Jesus Calling by Sarah Young) I like that image of something visibly beautiful being washed over me.
Yesterday was great. I started it off with breakfast at Syrup with two lovely friends (I had the funky monkey). They came back to my new home with me and spoiled me with some fun gifts, and then we got to catch up on what all God was doing in each of our lives. Talking about Jesus with my friends is a perfect way to spend any day, especially my birthday. Afterwards I played outside with my new and oh-so-fun-and-adorable roomies! They are precious, and I ‘m blessed to be here with all 7 of them. Then I went to dinner with Kaitlin and caught up more with her while eating Charleston’s yummy food. mmm. I’m so blessed by Kate. The waiter brought us ice cream and sang an original birthday song for me, and after finishing up we went on our merry way to Ashley’s for girl’s Bible study. Suuuuch a blessing to be back in that community and read God’s word and how He he desires for us to be beautiful on the inside, and so should we. It was a filling evening, spiritually and physically…Kate bought me more cake…
All in all my birthday was special because I got to spend it with people I love, doing things I love. Thank you to everyone who was a part of it, even the calls, texts, and posts! And thank you Lord for another year.
Oh give thanks to LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 118:1