Last week, it couldn’t have come at a better time.
The postcard with my “Top ten prayer requests to God for 2010” that I filled out nearly 11 months ago when I attended Life Link Church in Queen Creek with one of my best friends, arrived in my mailbox. I giggled that I was actually home to receive it. When we filled our requests out, the church told us they would send back our cards later in the year so we could see how God worked in our lives. Well, they made that sweet announcement after I filled it out and turned it in. Panicked, I leaned over to Rachelle and whispered, “Oh shoot, what if I end up moving back to LA and I have renters and they get my postcard? How embarrassing!” Because yes, I actually wrote some pretty gutsy prayers on it and well, postcards are one sided, public information to all who see it, the USPS handlers and my postman.
Asking someone like myself to write down 10 things they want from God is like a genie asking a thirsty, desperate man in the desert for his three wishes. The biggest difference is that the Genie has no discernment or concern if your three wishes are insane, whereas God who is all knowing and works all things together for my good, can sort of “filter” my top 10 prayer requests and answer them if He finds them suitable. It may also take more than 12 months for Him to answer them, too. This, is what I have learned after following Him for the past four years of my life. This, is also more than OK with me.
Looking at my list, I think I actually tried to squeeze a few more requests by cramming in two prayer requests in one line. You know, the ones that have the same goal but were intended for two people. Out of the 10 prayer requests I listed, God has answered three of them. The rest, well, I’m positive He’ll handle them if He wants, in His perfect timing.
So while this is my last year in my 20’s, I’m not going to start one of those, “30 things to do before I turn 30” lists because I’m just not like that. Turning 30 is not like death, people. Come on.
Things I would say to myself over the past year as a 28 year old:
- Yeah, you aren’t feeling it and you probably won’t ever, so just let it go.
- Don’t do that. Stop.
- It’s OK, you can change your mind, it is your life.
- Put down that green Mojo spoon. If you keep eating that and the Cheesecake Factory’s Red Velvet Cheesecake, you’re gonna get a $75 cavity. Then you’re going to look like an idiot in front of your dentist who you just saw six months ago.
- See the consistency of that cheese? If you eat too much of it, that’s what the back of your thighs will look like.
- Invest in people, friends and family, not things.
- You’d have less of a hissy fit right now if you had read your Bible this morning.
- Never cancel on a girlfriend for time with a guy. Always choose a girlfriend to be your date instead of a guy. You’ll be happier in the long run when you have the best (and permanent) memories.
- If you keep up with your Quickbooks and Quicken now, you won’t have to sit down with your tax guy and explain why you’re playing catch up with your end of the year financial reports.
- Make sure to repeat the word “trim” at least 20 times before you sit in that hair stylist’s chair.
- If it’s this slow now, it’s only gonna get worse.
- Get off the phone. Stop texting. Enjoy this time right now in paradise with your girlfriends.
- Give thanks to God that you’re able to hear mom and dad’s voice on the phone.
- See that? That’s what you should be looking for. Don’t stop until you find it. Never, ever settle.
- Nothing works without Him, never forget that.
- Auto delete/block/spam folder it!
- Just call your brother.
- That’s right, you’re single, you have no kids, you don’t even have to think twice or answer to anyone else. So go. Go on that awesome 8 day road trip through the South with your bfforeverandever and spend as much money as you want and have fun before this chapter is over!
- If you touch it, you’re gonna buy it. So don’t touch it.
- It’s just as much your choice as it is theirs.
- Yes, John Mayer is 25 feet away from you. So sing. Sing at the top of your lungs to his songs right now. And ask Meagan to pinch you once more, because this is so very real.
- It’s OK, she makes mistakes just like you. Help her. Love her.
- Hey maybe you want to take the B word seriously, as in, budget?
- See all these girlfriends around you? That’s love. They will help you get through anything. They are your best friends.
- Learn to love what’s good for you. No, that purse does not count. It cannot love you back, Diana.
- Cling to those who bring you closer to God and stay away from those who tempt you to stray.
- This is gonna be the best year, yet. Enjoy every moment, it’s gonna fly by.
I embrace where I am with one of the biggest smiles that have appeared on my face. My heart is filled with so much love for my family and friends, my brain is eager to learn and grow, and I am passionate about so many things! Most of all, I praise and give gratitude to my Heavenly Father who loves me so, to have me where I am today. I am thankful for the story He has given me to tell of my journey of the past 29 years and I’m so excited for this next year!
Diana Elizabeth has written a yearly reflection before her birthday since the age of 19. That’s 10 years of hopes, dreams, drama, and lots of optimism. One day, she’s going to give each one to her daughter before her birthday so she can see what her mom went through and know that her problems are probably very minuscule in comparison and, her mother survived.