This was the best year of my life.
I began year 20 with a refreshed spirit after the Lord healed my heart and brought me to high places. I saw the world more than I ever had before. I lived in the Bloomsbury District of London for 3 weeks, making countless memories while falling in love with so many people and so much culture. I spent a week traveling Austria, France, and Germany with a cousin. A stranger on Monday, a sister by Sunday.
I spent a month in the hill country of West Texas. Texas proved to be the most challenging piece of that summer, and in hindsight, the sweetest. A lot of maturing and growing happened in that canyon, and I’m so grateful. As lonely as a place it was, I’ll never hear Bruce Springsteen the same and I don’t think this drone scar will fade.
I moved into the grat house with 3 of my sweetest, dearest friends. Deep fellowship and boundless fun under one roof. From starry sky soaked conversations on our roof to packing fifteen lilies of the valley on our porch. A few parties, a lot of coffee talks in those wing back chairs, listening to records in our sweet sitting room. I love our home.
My last few weeks of 20 were spent serving in the Dominican Republic. How do I sum up the intense and deep change I felt in that place? The Lord is present and moving in the DR and He really loves SI.
I spent my 21st birthday blowing out candles in quarantine and popping champagne on 83rd street 6 feet away from women walking their dogs. I wasn’t expecting a corona birthday, but I am happy regardless.
So that’s my year in review. And here is what I know to be true as a 21 year old Abbey.
- The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not be in want. He is my protector and provider.
- Walk the world and it will grow both bigger and smaller.
- Let your racket do the talking.
- Never apologize for being too real.
- I’d rather be known as gracious and kind than witty and correct.
- To be unclear is to be unkind.
- The more space I create between stimulus and response, the more I grow in shalom.
- Kingdom, then career.
- “Christianity ought to be as normal in your home as dirty laundry and corn flakes.”
- Collect bad wines.
- Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them.
- A little bit, often.
- “A person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language.”
- Make. It’s for your creativity, not your ego.
- It’s hard to be a specialist when you offer everything.
- Becoming over seeking, every time.
- Absurd times call for absurd amounts of grace.
- “Let the name of Jesus adhere to your breathe and then you will know the blessings of stillness.”
- Consistency, not intensity.
- Love lightens the load every time.
- Don’t try to be great, just be solid.
So that’s what I know. It took another 5 months to compile the list, but I’m not in a hurry. Even perusing over the first 6 months of 21, my heart has shifted and my eyes have grown since the March day I first created this list.
Until next year.