I was talking to a friend about getting older and we both agreed that the 30s, at least for us, are when you do a lot of growing up. My 20s were all about fun and adventure and love and new things. The 30s have brought little kids, routine, hard work, tragedy, life changes. I feel more grounded than I ever have in who I am, in how God has created me. But, it has come with pain, with tears, with work, with choosing over and over again to believe the Lord and trust Him.
One thing that stands out to me from this decade is how blessed I have been by friendships. I still have wonderful friends from my younger days, but I've been surprised by how many new, deep relationships I have been graced by in these last few years. I don't take that for granted, especially as I am far from my home country and know that many missionaries struggle for years without good friends. Many of these wonderful woman have come and gone and it has broken my heart each time. But, how much more have I been able to experience God's soft and patient repair of those broken places, encouraging me to open my heart again.
What will this year have in store??