19 Lessons I’ve Learned in 19 Years

19 Lessons I’ve Learned in 19 Years

As is probably obvious by now, I love writing. It’s how I express myself. But, in this post, I wanted to do something a bit different. In honor of my recent birthday, I will be sharing nineteen things I have learned in nineteen years. But instead of using my own words, I’ve decided to share these nineteen lessons through quotes, scriptures, and song lyrics. Because really, that’s how we learn. Not through ourselves, because we don’t have all the answers, but through the lives and wisdom of others.

So, here are nineteen things I have learned in nineteen years:

  1. “The only thing I want in life is to be known for loving Christ.” – “The Cause of Christ” by Kari Jobe
  2. “I don’t have time to waste on the boys that are playing the games and leaving the girls crying out in the rain.” – “Love Me Like You Mean It” by Kelsea Ballerini
  3. “I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant.” – Genesis 32:10
  4. “Real queens fix each other’s crowns.” – Unknown
  5. “Remember life is more than fitting in your jeans, it’s love and understanding, positivity.” – “What do I Know?” by Ed Sheeran
  6. “If I lived a thousand lifetimes, and wrote a song for every day, still there would be no way to say how You have loved me.” – “Letting Go” by Steffany Gretzinger
  7. “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.” – Albus Dumbledore (aka J.K. Rowling)
  8. “God gives us difficulties to bring out the best in us.” – Marvin J. Ashton
  9. “When I can’t, You always can.” – “What Love is This” by Kari Jobe
  10. “There is an abundant need in this world for your exact brand of beautiful.” – Lysa TerKeurst
  11. “Now when our hearts were depressed and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go…and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.” – Alma 26:27
  12. “I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones, and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.” – Sylvia Plath
  13. “And I said unto them: If God commanded me to do all things I could do them. If he should command me that I should say unto this water, be thou earth, it should be earth; and if I should say it, it would be done. And now, if the Lord has such great power, and has wrought so many miracles among the children of men, how is it that he cannot instruct me, that I should build a ship?” – 1 Nephi 17:50-51
  14. “America is too great for small dreams.” – Ronald Reagan
  15. “You love me even when I fall apart. I can’t explain it, that’s just who You are. Don’t want perfection, You just want my heart.” – “Through Your Eyes” by Britt Nicole
  16. “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13
  17. “In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.” – Unknown
  18. “The tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.” – 1 Nephi 1:20
  19. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato

Is this all I have learned in nineteen years? Definitely not. But it is an accurate summary. As #3 says, I certainly do not feel worthy of all of the truth that the Lord has revealed to me. But I am grateful that He has chosen to teach me these lessons, and more, each and every year.

It’s been a good nineteen years. Here’s to the next one hundred. 😉

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