Wednesday, November 23, 2011

18 Things that Eighteen Means

Eighteen means Grace. For eighteen years God has graciously given me life and breath. He loves me, yet I don't deserve it. He sent His Son to die my death, and, by His grace alone, He saved me. Instead of my filthy rags, He sees Christ's righteousness! Praise be to God!

Eighteen means Time. Yeah, it's time for me to get a car. Still workin' on that.

Eighteen means Choices. Boy, I am so grateful that God has a definitive plan for my life... because I don't! Yes, there's a bunch of choices, but thankfully, I don't have to rely on my own wisdom.

Eighteen means Legal. You betcha I can vote now! (And buy all that stuff off TV.)

Eighteen means Wisdom. I have a tiny bit more and need a LOT more of it.

Eighteen means Family. Without the love, encouragement and comradery of my family, I wouldn't be the person I am today. (Or here, for that matter.)

Eighteen means Endings. *Deep, scoffing voice* "Ah, high school, your end imminent!"

Eighteen means Beginnings. The beginning of a new season of life, new responsibilities, and new decisions. And another year. :)

Eighteen means Fast. Whoa... these eighteen years have gone by a lot faster that I ever dreamed they would. I'm pretty convinced that life continually gains momentum. (Which leads me to....)

Eighteen means One. "Only one life 'twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last."

Eighteen means Wonderfundle. I'm not sure why. It just is. (Actually, I think it's just because I like that word.)

Eighteen means Vision. I may be considered young, but having vision is not defined by youthfulness. Whatever age I am, I want to have God's vision for my life.

Eighteen means Uncertainty. Honestly, I don't know what lies ahead. But as Corrie Ten Boom said, I don't have to be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. I've learned more about trusting God these past several months than I ever have in my life.

Eighteen means Adventure. With God, life is one big adventure. I can't wait to see where He takes me next!

Eighteen means Food. What can I say? My birthday is always Thanksgiving week.

Eighteen means Memories. Dear family, friends, and e-quaintances (my bloggy readers), thank you for being a part of my life. I have a plethora of stupendous memories tucked away in my long-term memory.

Eighteen means Closer. I'm one year closer than I was before, closer to the finish line. And as I press on, my goal is to one day hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Eighteen means Anticlimactic. That's weird. I don't feel any different. :)


  1. Happy 18th! I am incredibly jealous (I still have 5 months left...) But I really likes this post... It was beautifully phrased.

  2. Happy 18th Birthday! I'm not sure if I've ever introduced myself.. I'm Allison! :) I love this post.. very creative & original. I can't wait until I'm 18.. only a few more months! :)


  3. Happy 18th birthday, Chloe!!!!
    I hope you a wonderful year, and God bless you always!!
    ♥♥♥Alli =)

  4. Aww! Sorry I missed telling you earlier, but, Happy Birthday, girl!!! You are SO sweet, and I can imagine that you will have a{n even more} wonderful rest of your life ahead of you!!! :) Hehe, that was kinda lame sounding... oh well. Happy Birthday, Chloe!

  5. Happy Birthday, Chloe ! I never knew the meaning of your name. I love it :) Also, love the blog entry.

  6. This is so great! :) It's so awesome to see that even though you're 18, you still trust God with your life. I pray that you would have a blessed year and a truly wonderful 18th bday!
    Happy Birthday :)


    P.S. That picture is AH-MAZING :)

  7. wow, eighteen! i'm sixteen in a few months... still a kid. ;)
    i love this post, and... happy birthday! a couple days late, but oh well. hope you had a beautiful day!

  8. I love this! Your comments on time and legal made me laugh. I felt the same way on both counts! I didn't end up getting my car until I was 20. Hopefully you won't have to wait as long as I did! ;]


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