As I write this blog post, I am days away from turning the big 3-0. How did this happen!??!
It is definitely with mixed emotions, and newly-found aches and pains, that I enter a new decade. I must admit I am a little sad; however, I am even more excited at the prospect that my 30s might be even half as great as my 20s.
My 20s have brought with them the most incredible memories, opportunities, and learning experiences. From graduating college, to moving to another state for my first ‘big girl’ job, to seeing the world and leading my first missions trips, to publishing books, to seeing both sisters get married and becoming an aunt 3 times over, to becoming a mother and godmother, reflecting on this past decade has me praising God for His incredible goodness. I have met the most incredible people in my 20s- friends that I didn’t know even could exist!
My 20s have also brought a lot of heartache and tears. Between funerals, motherhood, etc., life can get really hard. One of my biggest takeaways from my 20s is that everything happens for a reason and to trust in God’s plan, because everything will happen when it is supposed to happen.
I challenge you, instead of dwelling on the inevitability of getting older, to spend a few moments reflecting on all experiences you have had, the people you have met, and everything you have learned- in the past year, or the last decade- and to ask God how He was using each of those things for His glory and to shape you into the person He desires for you to be. Allow yourself to be overwhelmed by His goodness and providence, in both the easy and hard times. Looking back makes looking forward so much more peaceful and joyful, because when we know Who God has been for us, we can be confident in Who He will continue to be.
Tricia Walz and Nikki (Walz) Silbernick are proud Minnesotans who were born and raised in the heart of St. Cloud with their younger sister Briana.